To ensure that each and every child can wear proper shoes to school which can maximize attendance through improved self-esteem and physical health
Several school children hailing from economically disadvantaged families in isolated villages and urban poverty areas in India typically walk back and forth to school without any footwear. It is especially true for those children attending Corporation, Government or Aided schools. This is primarily because many of their families cannot afford footwear and it is not even a remote concern for the parents given their other hardships in life. In some cases, even when the families buy shoes for their children, they quickly grow out of size, leaving them with no useful pair of shoes to wear. The lack of shoes can also result in children’s inability to attend school, as shoes are often part of the school uniform.
Given these economic hardships, many children walk to school barefoot without wearing shoes. Such children can suffer from soil-transmitted diseases making them vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death. In effect, besides the exposure to heat and dust, travelling barefoot could have serious health implications for these young children. On an average an upper primary school is 3 km away in 22% of areas under habitations. It is estimated that 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from such diseases.
After learning and reflecting on the situation in India, the founder of the Running4Shoes movement, Sanjay Rajasekharan, and his team of volunteers in Bangalore are taking up the initiative of collecting and distributing shoes to the poor and needy school children in and around Bangalore. Sanjay & the team are strong believers in providing every child with equal opportunities, and they are doing their part to help ensure this goal can be achieved.
Can I get involved? Yes, you can!
Anyone interested in making an impact can contribute in 2 ways:
1) Donate only 100 Indian rupees which will be used for the good cause of buying shoes for the needy school children
2) Be involved in the initiative and help us in distributing the shoes to the needy school children
Join us to help with this noble cause and bring about a transformation.
Donating your lightly used shoes or making a minimal contribution can positively impact the lives of school children. You can donate to the initiative here: