Small Rain Approved as Giving Partner for TOMS Shoes

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in News | 0 comments

We are tremendously excited to tell you about our new partnership with TOMS, a company that gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need with every pair they sell.  One for One®.  TOMS will be providing brand-new canvas shoes to thousands of needy children in Burkina Faso.DSCF6846

 

Small Rain and our partner Sheltering Wings have been approved as Giving Partners for TOMS Shoes. This great new program is part of our work to help children grow up healthy.DSCF6846Small Rain has been Sheltering Wings’ health partner in Burkina for 5 years. We have paid the salaries of the nurses, applied to the Rotary for a grant which led to tens of thousands of dollars in medicine and equipment, and participated in the development of the Mobile Nursing Program. Small Rain has funded healthcare at their orphanage and schools, and in other orphanages and villages through the work of their nurses.

 

Every child is excited to receive a new pair of shoes. But shoes for our children in Burkina Faso will also be a big plus for their health. Shoes will help prevent parasites from entering their bare feet as they walk through dust or water, since there are no paved sidewalks or roads for them to travel on. Shoes will also help protect their feet from injuries that could easily become infected.DSCF6846
And shoes will have a huge impact on their self-esteem. While most children in Burkina are not required to wear shoes in order to go to school, those without shoes are looked down upon as less worthy than the kids who have them.

 

This new phase of our Small Rain–Sheltering Wings partnership is truly exciting, in part because one of the greatest things about TOMS is that their commitment is long term. For all the growing years of a child, TOMS will send new shoes on a regular basis for the children we serve. Working together, we can build even stronger relationships with the people in those communities.

 

The grins on the faces of kids as they receive a pair of shoes that’s brand-new and fits them perfectly shows the impact these shoes have. Be watching for ongoing pictures of shoe distributions, smiling pictures of children and spiffy new shoes, and reports on the impact it has on their health and development.DSCF6846

 

We want to thank TOMS and their customers for supporting our kids in Burkina Faso!

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