April 10 marks TOMS Shoes annual “One Day Without Shoes Campaign.” This year, Partners In Health has even more reason to celebrate this special day than ever before. Recently, TOMS began providing shoes to children receiving care at PIH facilities in Lesotho, making it the fourth PIH project to benefit from TOMS incredible generosity.
Since 2009, TOMS has donated thousands of pairs of new shoes to children in Haiti, Malawi and Rwanda through Partners In Health. Now thousands of children in Lesotho will also receive shoes twice a year.
“We at TOMS are so grateful that the incredible support of our TOMS community can be extended to provide children with not only new shoes but with great partners like Partners In Health, also have a positive impact on their health and well being,” says a TOMS staffer. “Thank you for supporting the One for One movement!”
New shoes help provide an extra layer of health care by helping protect children’s feet from cuts, infection and soilborne diseases. And as we have long known, a lack of shoes can be an indicator of a family living in extreme poverty. New shoes can also encourage families to send their children to school. All of which meaningfully attributes in our mission to break the cycle of poverty and disease.