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Through everyday encounters with domestic poverty, we are reminded to appreciate having food and shelter, but most of us all but forget about our feet. Food, shelter, AND shoes facilitate lifes fundamentals. Imagine a life without shoes; constantly aware of the ground in front of you, suffering regular cuts and scrapes, tending to infection after each walk, and enduring not only terrain, but heat and cold.

Most of the worlds children in developing countries grow up this way, many having to walk miles to get food and water, medical help, and attend school. In fact, the leading cause of disease in these areas is soil-based parasites. So this April 8th, ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES is dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating the impact of shoes in a childs life.

The problem is large but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life barefoot, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions. On April 8th, communities, campuses, organizations, and individuals are banding together to walk barefoot for ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES.

Walk barefoot to work, to school, to class, to lunch, walk around the office, even just walk to get the mail. Walk with friends, walk alone, walk a dog, walk with coworkers or classmates, walk with strangers. Just walk, change begins with a single step.

Take a walk with us, April 8th.

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