Maddie Brown is teaming up with the Asheville-based Christian non-profit, Sole Hope for her senior project.
At Franklin High School, seniors are required to complete a project on an approved topic. Students must write a research paper, make a presentation board and present an eight-minute speech in front of a panel of judges before they are permitted to graduate.
Brown decided to work with Sole Hope, which officially became a non-profit in April of 2010. The organization was started by Asher Collie, who was compelled to do something after a chance encounter with a YouTube video. The video showed children in Africa who were contracting fatal diseases from not having proper shoes. The video led Collie and other volunteers out of their comfort zones, and to villages in Uganda and Zambia. Sole Hope is known worldwide and volunteers work tirelessly to help children in Africa.