From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and here in the United States too, many people—especially children—make do without shoes. For people who survive by picking through landfills or who need to walk long distances to fetch cooking water for their families, shoes can make the difference between life and death.
For the homeless families hit hard by the economic downturn or victims of natural disasters like floods or hurricanes, new shoes help make difficult conditions more bearable.
And for children living in orphanages worldwide, a pair of shoes can be cherished more than something to eat or even a new toy. More than 300 million children worldwide have never owned one pair of shoes—but you can help us change that number.