We are very excited to partner with an organization, “The Shoe That Grows”, that has found a way to get the most out of children’s shoes. This shoe “grows” 5 sizes so children in developing countries will be able to wear the shoe comfortably for many years. Without shoes, children are especially vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death. These shoes are produced in Kenya at a factory which offers fair wages and good working conditions.
ABW recently purchased 175 pairs with donations from our Christmas gift catalogue and Julie Anderson and her family. These shoes were given out to students at Gilgil Primary School who are not able to receive new shoes otherwise. Many of the students come from the nearby slums and have never owned a new pair of shoes. On the day the shoes were distributed, Eva Muhalala from Gilgil emailed to say “the excitement was immeasurable!”