The Sound of Happy Feet in Uganda

10/14/13

Shoes are very important to children in Africa. Without shoes, children are exposed to dangerous parasites and sharp objects that can cause serious wounds and infections. However, in Uganda shoes are often too expensive for families to buy for their children. 

 
Going barefoot can be dangerous for children in Africa
 
But thanks to partners like you, who donated shoes, and a Venture Team from Southern California, who came and purchased shoes in Uganda, 242 children just received a new pair of shoes! 
 
The work began several weeks before the team arrived. A local vendor measured every child from the Anai-Okii Village Partnership Program and the Uganda Children’s Village for shoes. The children even got to pick out their favorite style! Then the big day arrived ...
 
The children watched the team haul big bags of shoes down to the community tree
                         The children watched the team haul big bags of shoes down to the community tree.
 
Excited, the children waited for their names to be called
                                               Excited, the children waited for their names to be called. 
 
The team couldn’t help but feel excited too!
The team couldn’t help but feel excited too! They loved watching the look on each child’s face as they ripped open their bag and pulled out their shoes.
 
Team members especially loved giving shoes to the children they sponsor
                                  Team members especially loved giving shoes to the children they sponsor.
 
“For the first time, the dream of wearing strong leather shoes became a reality"
“For the first time in the lives of many of them, the dream of wearing strong leather shoes at last became a reality,” says David Otto Ekwang, COTN’s Venture Coordinator in Uganda. He understands how exciting this moment was to many of the children. David didn’t receive his first pair of shoes until he was thirteen years old.
 
“Shoes make them feel very cared for,” says Sylvia Taussig
These shoes are more than just protection for the children’s feet. “Shoes make them feel very cared for,” says Sylvia Taussig, COTN’s Uganda liaison. “It makes them feel loved.” 
 
Thank you! This is a day the children will never forget.