Something as simple as a pair of shoes can make a BIG difference in the life of a child living in poverty. A pair of shoes helps keep a child healthy, in school, and in a position to succeed. Over 1.5 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases worldwide. Without shoes, children are especially vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death.
Children who become unwell miss school, can’t help their families and suffer needlessly. And since children’s feet grow so quickly, they often outgrow donated shoes within a year, leaving them once again exposed to illness and disease. The Shoe That Grows has 5x the impact of ordinary shoes because it expands 5 sizes and lasts for years.
Zainab Hafeez, who is a Conveyancing Executive working in our New Build Team in Walsall, was inspired by The Shoe That Grows charity and sought to raise money for a school in Nairobi she has been sponsoring since February 2017. Zainab travelled to Tanzania and climbed Kilimanjaro!
On 14th June 2018 Zainab set off on her climb and on 20th June 2018 at 7:06 am she reached Uhuru Peak Mount Kilimanjaro. Zainab said “I never imagined I would swap my stilettos and handbag with walking boots and a rucksack! Battling 4 days of climbing walking and facing -15degrees and winds I succeeded! I wish to thank you all for your donations so far and would appreciate your support in helping me reach my target so that the children can have their shoes delivered as soon as possible.”
We are tremendously proud of what Zainab has achieved. She has raised £606 so far with the figure continuing to grow. That is the equivalent 55 pairs of children’s shoes. 55 children who will now have shoes for the coming years allowing them to focus on the important things in life – education, family and friendships.
So far 175,638 shoes have been given to children in 97 countries since 2007. If you, like us, are left inspired by Zainab and The Shoe That Grows charity and would like to make a donation, Zainab’s just giving page is linked below:https://fundraise.becauseinternational.org/fundraiser/1388297
Further information about The Shoe That Grows can be found on their website: