In August 2014 one of our board members, Desiree, received an article titled “An ebola remedy even better than serum? Shoes.” posted to her FB page. The article went on to explain how shoes could be a solution to help prevent spreadable disease such as the Ebola in places like Sierra Leone. It also said that kids, barefoot walkers as he called them, would walk miles to and from school barefoot. Something as simple as a small cut on the foot could lead to severe illness and even death. We knew immediately that we could help! So we reached out to Stephen, the man who wrote the article. He is originally from Sierra Leone but fled during the civil war and now lives in the US. Sierra Leone isn’t far from his thoughts and as we spent months chatting with him we learned more and more about his passion to help his country. We established a very trusted like minded relationship. In Jan 2015 we announced that we would be shipping a container of shoes to Sierra Leone.
13,766 pairs of shoes are packed and ready to be sent to Sierra Leone, they have an estimated arrival date of Dec. 2nd – just in time for Christmas. The shoes will be distributed first to schools, then to orphanages and lastly deserving communities at large will receive shoes as well.
I will be just excited as you will be to see all the footage and for the first time will get to experience this as you always have.
I hope this answers your questions on why we decided to give to Sierra Leone!
Author: Brenda Nijjer