Samaritan’s Feet shares hope with children in the U.S. and around the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them believe that their dreams can come true. We at Samaritan’s Feet believe that a new pair of shoes can be a tangible foundation of hope to a person in need.
Over 30 years ago, a young Nigerian boy received his first pair of shoes. It changed his life. We want to inspire hope through the gift of shoes, the act of washing feet, and encouragement to those who need it most.
We refuse to accept the fact that the over 2.2 billion people living in poverty are hungry, don’t have access to healthcare, and can’t afford education and basic articles of clothing and shoes (World Bank, 2011). Over 1.5 billion people are infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil (World Health Organization, 2013). A new study showed that one in three children experience homelessness in the United States (American Institutes for Research, 2014.). It’s also reported that shoes and socks are in the “Top 10 Items Needed” by students in school, #5 and #3 respectively (Champions for Kids, 2015).
People without shoes face dangers like laceration, fungus, and insect bites that can lead to infection, disease, and even death. Children with no shoes are often not allowed entrance to education in many countries and can find their way into slavery, or unsafe and inexcusable child labor environments.