For most of us, shoes are a necessity. We need shoes for protection, warmth, and they are also a fashion statement. Before we step out into the world we are sure to throw on a pair of shoes.
Shoes in Lodwar are very expensive, because, like everything else there, they are imported into the area. The cost of providing our children with shoes is compounded by the fact that their feet grow so fast. Shoes start around $20(US) a pair, for a simple shoe or flip flop and increase from there for sneakers. Before coming to the center, our children grew accustomed to walking around in their bare feet. Their environment has changed, and they need shoes for school and to protect them from scorpion stings as the walk around the center.
Our children will always need shoes and they have been blessed through the support of people just like you. By providing support in this way you are giving our children an opportunity to experience grace and the joy of giving. We have seen our children exemplify this kind of giving heart. While we were visiting the center one year, we went on a village visit. Melvin, one of our heroes was in such a hurry to keep up with the group, that she forgot her shoes. The sand was so hot she was hopping around in pain, but determined to keep up. Areman, another one of our young heroes, took off his shoes and gave them to her. That is a true example of the heart of Christ, and that foundation can be built by something as simple a shoe. Go to our website and see how you can be a part of building this foundation in the hearts of our heroes.
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