Led by Nana Au-Chua, Asia Team Leader for Soles4Souls and COO of Million Lighting Group, a group of volunteers visited schools in Arga, Jaipur and Delhi — for the first time — to distribute shoes to children. In all, the volunteers fitted children with over 900 pairs of shoes, chosen for their durability and comfort.
A single pair of shoes can make all the difference to underprivileged children in developing countries, significantly improving their quality of life in more ways than one. Protecting their feet as they make the often long walk to school is just the beginning. Walking barefoot can make them vulnerable to unsanitary conditions that lead to diseases. At some schools, shoes are a compulsory part of the uniform that not every family can afford. Anything that keeps children out of school deprives them of an education that can break the cycle of poverty.
Through shoe collection drives, Soles4Souls has distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries, “Wearing Out Poverty” and impacting lives one pair of shoes at a time. Non-profit social enterprise Soles4Souls was founded in 2006 and is based in Nashville, Tennessee.