Why-Shoes

Why Shoes?

Shoes can prevent infections, protect from diseases, provide economic and educational opportunities, and propel individuals to pursue their dreams.

Over 31% of the world’s population lives on an income of less than $2 per day. This fact indicates the inability of over 2.2 billion people to afford the basic necessities of life including food, housing, and clothing.[1]

More than 1.5 billion people are infected with parasitic diseases transmitted through contaminated soil that could be prevented by wearing proper footwear.[2]

Within schools in the United States, nurses report that shoes and socks are in the “Top 5 Items Schools Need You to Donate” (#5 and #3, respectively).[3]

Due to the lack of shoes, diseases are transmitted through contaminated soil and infect individuals through their feet. This scenario often prevents adults from being able to work, prevents children from going to school, and limits mobility and opportunities.

Samaritan’s Feet wants to do everything they can to stop the spread of these life-altering diseases by washing feet, providing shoes, and encouraging individuals.

Shoes can prevent infections, protect from diseases, provide economic and educational opportunities, and propel individuals to pursue their dreams.

FULL REPORT

[1] World Bank, Development Research Group. 2011. [2] Champions for Kids. “Top 10 Items Schools Need You to Donate.” 2015. [3] World Health Organization. “Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections.” 2013.