Shoe Donations from United States are Keeping Children in Africa Healthy and in School

    SILVERDALE, WA – March 1, 2016 – People all over the United States are helping Children of the Nations send shoes to children in Africa and the Caribbean.

    Many of the children COTN serves in Sierra Leone walk about 45 minutes each way to get to school. Shoes protect them from injury, infection, and parasites that can quickly become serious medical issues for these children.

    For a child walking to school, shoes are part of what gives them hope for a better future than they ever dreamed.

    “When you see a person wearing a nice pair of shoes, that is dignity,” says Dave Schertzer, COTN’s national director of resource development. “It’s such a basic item.”

    With the help of generous partners, COTN sends regular shipments to Africa and the Caribbean, with supplies to meet the immediate needs of the children while working to set up sustainable resources in-country that will meet children’s future needs. 

    To hear Dave’s story, listen to this episode of Beyond the Village at You can also find the podcast through SoundCloud at and iTunes at

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    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit


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