With 45 kids in our direct care, and another 91 in the sponsorship program, we pass out an incredible number of shoes. Way more than I would ever have guessed if you had asked me a few years ago. These kids wear holes in the bottom of their shoes like nobodies business. It’s incredible.
What I am trying to say here is that we are in need of some help in the shoe department, but it’s not as simple as I wish it was… What we need is help in the creative department. Let me explain what I mean…
There are two problems that we run into when it comes to solving our little shoe shortage, the first is that purchasing shoes in Ethiopia is incredible expensive. And by expensive I mean they cost two or three times what they would cost in the US for a pair of shoes that likely won’t last as long either. The second issue is that getting shoes from America is another complicated issue as well, there are not as many families traveling to Ethiopia for adoptions as there were last year, and so the people who contact us with extra space in their luggage has gone way down..
So, now you see what I mean when I say that we have a problem that needs a creative solution. We need your help in figuring out how to keep shoes on these kids fee, and with this many kids, it’s not going to be an easy task.
And so we are here asking if you can you help us come up with ideas for how to get lots and lots of shoes to Ethiopia? I know you are all pretty amazing at solving issues like this, I actually hesitated to ask because I was worried at first that you might be too good at solving this problem.. Like you might figure out how to send more shoes than we need, but then I realized, what would happen if we had too many soes? We would give them out to people who need them! Nothing wrong with that! The main issue today is figuring out a way to do this en masse! We need lots and lots, and lots of shoes!
Are you ready to put your creativity to work with us to create a solution?
One thing I am sure of is that we are likely going to need some funds to make this happen, even if we are able to get all sorts of shoes donated, we need a way to get them here, and so if you want to help with funds, click here to make a donation to the shoe fund. Any little bit helps.
Lets get our creative juices flowing! I am sure we can come up with something!