DFN Has a Brand New Partner, the Shoe that Grows!
Their story began when Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007.
One day while walking to church, he noticed a little girl in a white dress next to him who had shoes that were way too small for her feet. That led to questions about why.
And finally an idea: “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand – so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?”
And just like that The Shoe That Grows was born.
Here’s why they did it
And here’s how it works:
The DFN Connection
Most Dalit children live in extreme poverty. Their families struggle to provide basic needs, including shoes. When a few DFN staffers visited some of the Good Shepherd Schools in India last February and saw the condition of many students’ footwear, something clicked. We thought, “Our students need durable shoes that grow with them. Why don’t we reach out to Kenton to see if he’s open to a partnership?” So we did, he thought it was a great idea, we ran it by our partners in India, and here we are today. Currently, the Shoe that Grows is distributed in Africa, South America, and the Caribbean, but DFN is the first to take it to India.
With the help of our Indian partners, we are testing the Shoe that Grows on 100 students in schools in and around Hyderabad. They will distribute the shoes to the children who need them most and will follow up. If the shoes work well during the pilot program, it is conceivable that the shoes could become a regular part of a student’s school uniform. That would be huge and would be one less thing for parents to worry about!
The Challenge & How You Can Help
We need to provide our Indian partners with 100 pairs of shoes! It’s so simple to get involved. All you need to do is buy a pair of shoes. Or 10 pairs! They cost just $15.00 each and you can purchase them here. DFN will get them to Hyderabad in February and we’ll let you know how the pilot program goes.
So How Does #GivingTuesday Fit In?
We’re so excited about the potential of this partnership that we are giving it our full attention on #GivingTuesday. In case you haven’t heard, #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back.We will have just finished Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. What better time than this to give a pair of shoes that last to a Dalit child who needs them?
Do I Have To Wait Until December 1 to Give a Pair?
No! We have set up a special donation page so you can be involved right now!
What Else Can I Do?
Tell people about this! Share the opportunity on Facebook and Twitter! Share this blog post! And watch for details about what you can do on #GivingTuesday itself!
If you have any questions about the way this works, please e-mail us at [email protected]. We’ll answer your question right away!