My First Pair of Shoes Program
The look of joy on a child's face when they put on their very first pair of shoes is something that you'll remember the rest of you life . Nothing compares to the huge smile and look of enormous pride when they put on that very first pair of shoes on their feet. But pride and self esteem are only a happy by-product.
Less than 50% of the CHILDREN in Haiti & Dom. Republic HAVE A PAIR OF SHOES and ARE at risk for SERIOUS disease.
Shoes help prevent the spread of infectious disease and parasites that plague poor children worldwide. Shoes are a basic necessity.. The reality for many poor kids in developing nations is that having a pair of shoes is a rarity. It is common for children to grow up without ever having had a pair of shoes at all.
The first thing we do above all else is try and provide shoes for all the barefoot children we see. It is the easiest and most inexpensive way to help their chances at a better life. The children smile from ear to ear when they put on their very first pair of shoes, but more importantly, we know that we have eliminated a lot of potential health risks. The faster we can put shoes on their feet, the faster the risks are eliminated.
Many serious health conditions are absorbed through their feet. As the bottom of the feet harden large cracks form which allows parasites such as hookworm and threadworm to penetrate the skin. An estimated 576-740 million people in the world are infected with hookworm. Hookworm was once widespread in the Southeast United States, but improvements in living conditions have greatly reduced hookworm infections.
Can you imagine what it feels like to have hookworms in your feet? In your body? Having no shoes to protect your tiny feet and no doctors or nurses to help you treat this painfully common condition.
Some of the most dangerous conditions of going barefoot is the risk of puncture wounds, cuts, and scrapes on the feet. These children's injuries are almost never treated and can lead to serious infections, amputations and even death.
It brings a lot of joy to be able to put the first pair of shoes on a child and see that smile of pure joy, but by simply donating shoes, you could be saving their life or helping a child avoid a painful medical problem that can seriously hamper their potential or even kill them.
NO school without shoes
AmeriHand provides shoes to children who live in poverty in rural areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic where many schools won't allow children to attend without shoes or uniform. Many young kids can't attend school simply because their parent(s) can't afford a pair of shoes. Please help a child attend school and realize their full potential with a $28 donation that will supply a pair of shoes to 2 children.Donate Shoes
An ounce of prevention
These kids live and survive virtually at a scavenger's existence, their feet are at tremendous risk as they hunt for food or other items in garbage dumps, abandoned buildings, or walk through sewer trenches and areas contaminated with human or animal waste.
In addition to infections brought on by external injuries, these children's bare feet are particularly at risk from hookworm. The faster we can put shoes on their feet, the faster these dangerous risks are eliminatedWatch a short video on the consequences of hookworm on children in developing countries