There’s a good chance that right now somewhere around the world or just a short distance away, a dedicated group of volunteers and Samaritan’s Feet staff are distributing shoes and hope to children in need.
In 2013 alone, we will have managed or partnered with close to 500 events distributing a total of approximately 1.1 million pairs of shoes.
We refuse to accept the fact that the almost 3 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, 2008). 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.
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.
"Our legacy should be created based on what we do for others, not on how much money we make or how many material things we acquire. We will never know the impact of the ripple effect of our actions and obedience if we sit on the sidelines as spectators." - Manny Ohonme