09 April 2012

One Day Without Shoes

I am not wearing shoes tomorrow. It is exactly 32 degrees Fahrenheit but you bet I'll do this.

Tomorrow, April 10th, is the day we all have a chance to spread awareness of the impact a single pair of shoes can have on a fellow human being's life.

one day without shoes

Millions of children around the world live without shoes, exposed to diseases and injuries. A fact that is hard to grasp from the coziness of your warm and insulated home.

Go barefoot! 
Help spread information about the way millions of children suffer and the more we become, the more solutions we will find!

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Some facts
4,000,000 people suffer from podoconiosis, a highly neglected but seriously debilitating and disfiguring soil transmitted disease. In 2011, podoconiosis was added to the World Health Organization's Neglected Tropical Disease list, which was an important milestone in raising global awareness of the condition.

Podoconiosis is the reason behind this condition, called Elephantiasis. Photo: Oscar G. Mason
740,000,000 people have hookworm, which is the main reason for maternal and child morbidity. In susceptible children hookworms cause intellectual, cognitive and growth retardation. A third of all pregnant women in developing countries are infected with hookworm, 56% of all pregnant women in developing countries suffer from anemia, 20% of all maternal deaths are either directly or indirectly related to anemia. 

Learn more about One Day Without Shoes project here. Download additional information to be prepared to answer the question "Why are you wearing no shoes?"

Would you risk your comfort tomorrow?