Currently, 40% of primary age school children are not attending school in sub-Saharan Africa. Shoes are very often required as part of the school uniform, so without shoes, many children are unable to attend. Shoes for school are only a dream for many children.
Also, shoes are needed for work. As parents fall progressively sick from AIDS, 29% of children ages 5 to 14 are economically active in sub-Saharan Africa.
By providing shoes to children and adults who have none, many are able to move forward in their educational and economic pursuits. Being shoeless should not keep someone from learning and earning income. We are committed to life-enabling change through giving shoes.