When someone doesn’t have shoes, it’s not just their feet that suffer.
Vulnerable to disease
Every day millions are exposed to unsanitary conditions that can lead to sickness, even death.
Unable to attend school
Children often don’t meet uniform requirements in order to attend school and are unable to receive an education.
Loss of dignity
Without something as basic as a good pair of shoes, people often feel hopeless and discouraged.
The power of a good pair of shoes
Shoes can actually change someone’s life.
Michael lives in a very rural area and walks over rough terrain, through hazards such as standing water and broken glass every day.
His sister ran home to get him the day we were distributing shoes because she knew how badly he needed a new pair. We were happy to provide shoes to Michael and his sister to keep them happy and thriving.
Victorina wants to be a teacher when she grows up and befriended a professor who was with our team on a mission trip to Tanzania who inspired her.
Education, particularly for girls like Victorina, is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty in Africa. New shoes will help her become one step closer to achieving her dreams.
We met Wilberson in Haiti and learned that he shared one pair of shoes with his siblings and walked an hour to school every day.
He told us his happiest place is in the classroom and dreams of being a doctor to care for people in his community. A new pair of shoes will help Wilberson reach his favorite place… school!
Together, we can bring health, hope and happiness to people around the world.
Here’s how it works:
Make a financial gift or donate your gently-used shoes.
Our team and partners distribute shoes to people in need around the world.
Shoes change lives
Your gift provides relief, health, hope and dignity to someone who desperately needs it.
Learn more about our programs:
We work with over 1,200 non-profit partners to distribute new shoes and clothing, donated by retailers and manufacturers, to people in need.
We provide shoes and clothing to people impacted by hurricane, tsunamis, fire, floods, earthquakes and other disasters.
Shoes can create jobs too! We utilize new and gently-worn shoes as a resource to help people with the opportunity to start and sustain a small business of their own.