The One Shoe Per Child Project
Sector: Ghana Education Service
Targeted Group: School Children
Mechanism: A pair of shoes to each child
According to a Health Report published by the Samaritan's Feet International, a charitable organization, almost half of the world’s population lives on an income of less than $2.50 per day. This fact indicates the inability of 3 billion people to afford the basic necessities of life including food, housing and clothing. Many may never have the opportunity to own even one pair of shoes.
A lack of adequate footwear is more than a simple inconvenience or lack of comfort. Millions are infected or dying each year due to the spread of diseases contracted through unprotected feet. It is estimated that two billion people worldwide are currently plagued with parasitic diseases that could be prevented by wearing proper footwear.
Majority of school children in Avelebe DA Primary School, a Government School located near Adaklu Torda in the Adaklu Waya District in the Volta Region, Ghana, walk to school each day bare-footed. It takes a child 2 hours to walk the 100km stretch of untarred road filled with rocks and several potholes to school every day. A situation which has existed for several decades.
Each day the school children face the dangers of laceration, fungus, contaminated soil and insect bites. Some of the most dangerous conditions of this situation is the risk of puncture wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns to the feet. These injuries are almost never treated and can lead to serious infections, amputations and even death.
The Global Shapers Ho Hub believes that shoes are so much more than status symbols and fashion accessories. A new pair of shoes can be a symbol of hope and the source of life to a person in need. The Ho Hub proposes to distribute a pair of shoes to over 500 school children Avelebe DA Primary School, Adaklu Torda, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana.
This project is extremely important in order to reduce trauma, fungus and parasitic diseases that enter the bare foot. It is also important to minimize foot infections and injuries affecting the school children in Avelebe DA Primary School each day.
The solution is SHOES. Shoes are needed to prevent, protect and propel and this is our duty as Global Shapers to help.