Tomorrow is One Day Without Shoes day. I think I’m actually going to take the challenge. Working for an international development organization certainly makes me more aware of the struggles of the world’s poor.
From the website:
- In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to school, clean water and to seek medical help.
- Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
- Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
- In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
- Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.
I’ve got one pair of TOMS, and I suspect I’ll bring them along for the day just in case (of what, I don’t know), but I don’t think I’ll have much of a problem going barefoot tomorrow. Because I don’t walk for miles to get my water; because I don’t walk in volcanic soil; because I have the option of wearing shoes if I want to. So I’ll help raise awareness for those that aren’t as lucky.
P.S. If you’re a Little Rock native, stop by the Box Turtle, leave your shoes at the door and get 20 percent off your purchase of a pair of TOMS shoes (making it that much easier to provide a pair of shoes to someone in need)!