Leave a Global Footprint with Food For The Poor & TOMS on One Day Without Shoes
These feet belong to Andres, 7, and Fatima, 6. Andres and Fatima live with their family in a two-room shack on a remote mountainside in La Paera, Honduras.
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 8, 2013) – Food For The Poor encourages you to participate in the sixth annual One Day Without Shoesevent on April 16. One Day Without Shoes is the annual day you can take off your shoes to raise global awareness for children’s health and education.
Anyone can get involved. You can take part by doing whatever it is you do during the day; just do it without shoes! Go to work, wash your car, play at the park – and when people ask why you are not wearing shoes, tell them about One Day Without Shoes.
Children and their families in many developing countries do not enjoy the same opportunities we do in the United States. A pair of new shoes, in addition to meeting the basic needs of a child, also increases their confidence, leading to better opportunities through an increase the child’s school attendance.
According to the World Health Organization, wearing shoes also helps to protect from cuts, diseases and soil-transmitted infections like hookworm, which affects approximately 740 million people worldwide.
Food For The Poor recently gave new shoes to school-aged children in impoverished coastal communities in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. The only available transportation in the area is by horseback or on foot, which is why it is especially important that the children have safe, sturdy shoes.
Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
954-427-2222 x 6054