April 8, 2010

April 8 -One Day Without Shoes

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Today I am going barefoot joining my brothers and sisters across the world who do it day after day in much worse conditions than me.
Will you join me?
Here is a picture of a child in the school we work with in Zambia. As you can see…she does not have shoes.  Imagine walking all day and walking a long way without shoes.  Every day. 
Also look at her carrying an old shoe on her back like a baby :)
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To learn more about this click here on Tom’s shoes page.
Here is the info from their page:
One Day Without Shoes is the day we spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. On April 8th, we ask people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, barefoot, to experience a life without shoes first-hand, and inspire others at the same time.
 

Pledge your support! RSVP and be entered to win a spot on a TOMS Shoe Drop, all expenses paid.

It’s Hard Without Shoes

Through everyday encounters with domestic poverty, we are reminded to appreciate having food and shelter, but most of us all but forget about our feet. Food, shelter, AND shoes facilitate life’s fundamentals. Imagine a life without shoes; constantly aware of the ground in front of you, suffering regular cuts and scrapes, tending to infection after each walk, and enduring not only terrain, but heat and cold.
The problem is large, but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and practicing basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life barefoot, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions. On April 8th, communities, campuses, organizations, and individuals are banding together to walk barefoot for One Day Without Shoes.
Take a walk with us on April 8th, 2010
  • In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to school, clean water and to seek medical help.
  • Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
  • Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
  • In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
  • Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.

1 comment:

  1. I just found out about this day last night. I have an appointment today to talk about adoption awareness, so imagine the impact if I come in without shoes - and there is still snow on the ground herfe in Montana!

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