March 3, 2012
On the Put Foot Rally, I had the opportunity to join the (now defunct) Bob's For Good Foundation on a shoe drop at a primary school near Livingstone, Zambia. It was such an amazing experience to be a part of - to sit across from a child, remove their worn out sandals, and place a brand new pair of leather school shoes on their feet.
To you and I, shoes are just a part of everyday life. But around the world, especially in developing areas, children often go without shoes and are more susceptible to disease and soil transmitted infections like hookworm, jiggers (fleas), and podoconiosis (elephantiasis). Prepare to be creeped out if you Google these! And when children are ill, or cannot afford shoes that are a requirement to attend school, they go without an education. And what's the best way to fight poverty? Well, education. See where I'm going with this?