One Day Without Shoes!


Change the road ahead for millions and join us on April 29, 2014!

One Day Without Shoes is the annual day when we take off our shoes to raise global awareness for children's health and education.Start a conversation for change by going without shoes and sharing what you're doing, outside or online.

Children lacking access to education and good health struggle to break the poverty cycle for themselves, their families and their communities.

With the complex issues surrounding poverty, there is not one solution, but many working together. We believe that shoes play an important role in helping keep children healthy, educated and moving toward opportunities for a better future.

A debilitating disease that causes extremely painful swelling of the feet and legs. Podo affects more than 4 million people in at least 15 countries.

Source: WHO, 2013

Why shoes?
Podo can be prevented by wearing shoes and practicing good foot hygiene. Organizations like IOCC give shoes along with health education to children at risk of podo.

Providing children with school uniforms – which often include shoes – can increase school attendance by 62%.

Source: Evans, 2009

Why shoes?
Our Giving Partners in India distribute TOMS Shoes that meet uniform requirements, enabling children to attend school regularly.

When shoes are integrated into programs with larger community development goals, they empower children and their families to get the care and support they need.

Why shoes?
Organizations like Fundación Paraguaya use shoes as an incentive to encourage participation in programs that improve access to health and education interventions.

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