Ruben is a real boy who lives in the Dominican Republic. He is now 16 years old and is the inspiration behind Ruben’s Shoes.
Our founder, Kelly Strongitharm, has been sponsoring him through World Vision since he was three years old. After seven years of watching him grow up through pictures and letters, Kelly was finally able to meet him in 2012 and her life was forever changed. The connection between them was instant and they gave each other unconditional love and complete understanding despite being from opposite parts of the world.
Ruben, with a huge heart full of love and a contagious smile was so inspiring that he started a movement. This little boy has changed everything.
"Imagine if a pair of your shoes could give a child an education!"
Ruben's Shoes is a Registered Canadian Charity.