Poverty has been a global issue for decades. According to UNICEF, 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty and 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. In which more than 1.5 billion people around the world suffer from soil-transmitted diseases and over 300 million children in developing countries do not have a pair of shoes that fit. “The Shoes that Grow” is a non-profit that is committed to practical compassion- to support kids with a pair of growing shoes to bring them health and happiness.
Shoes = Heal = Happiness = Opportunties to succeed
Kenton Lee, founder of The Show That Grows spent 5 years make his little dream come true. Back in 2007 while he had a day out walking with kids in Nirobi, Kenya, he noticed that the little girl in a white dress next to him had shoes that were way too small for her feet, hence an idea came up …
“What if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand—so kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?”
With his faith and vision, he formed a team to design many different prototypes and finally launched The Shoe That Grows in 2012. This sandal’s design can be adjusted and expanded in 5 sizes and last for 5 years. The material is waterproof, bacteria proof, and the sole is made out of a tire grade rubber can fit up to age of 14. Since 2012, The Shoe that Grows has distributed over 110,000 pairs to over 90 countries across the world.
“This is a simple solution for kids living in poverty. They will be able to go to school more often, be healthier, happier and go on to chase their dreams.” Kenton Lee said.
With a simple change of act everyone can definitely make a HUGE difference, this year, his target is to start the race to 200,000 pairs for kids to stop children in developing countries walking barefoot. Let’s make the dream possible!
Source of Information: The Show that Grows