Today is One Day Without Shoes!
A few facts:
- In many countries children must walk without shoes for miles.
- In certain regions of Ethiopia, wearing shoes and practicing good hygiene can prevent podoconiosis, a disease that causes swelling of the feet and legs due to prolonged exposure to irritant soil. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, our partners work with HIV positive and street children, giving shoes to protect them from the dangerous city streets littered with glass, metal, and even sewage.
- Mountainous and muddy terrain makes farming difficult, both physically and economically, and Maria has never owned a pair of new shoes. This leaves her exposed to infection, intestinal worms, and cold weather illness. With additional protection from illness and infection, Maria can spend more days helping her family and building her potential in school.
Even if you can't go the whole day without shoes, try going without them for at least an hour, and check out onedaywithoutshoes.com to learn more about the importance of providing shoes to children.