Heeling Our World

by Arts To End Genocide


300 million children around the world are going barefoot. This puts them at risk of infection and death from soil-transmitted diseases that enter their bodies through cuts in their unprotected feet. In many West African countries this condition added to the Ebola crises as blood from these cuts contributed to the spread of the disease. Our project teaches mothers and caregivers to make shoes for their children and provides shoes for children in orphanages .
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In rural Africa children walk many miles each day to gather firewood, get water or attend school. They are walking barefoot on hot ground that burns their feet, over sharp rocks and thorns that create cuts which are pathways for infections and jiggers. Jiggers are parasites that enter through open wounds, lay eggs, multiple and can result in children becoming paralyzed, losing limbs and even facing death. Since half of Africa is living in extreme poverty, they simply cannot afford to buy shoes.


We are training mothers to make shoes for their children out of locally sourced materials. These mothers are in turn training other mothers so that every child in their village will have shoes. When they outgrow them, they simply make them a new pair. We are also establishing cottage industries for selling shoes in local marketplaces to provide economic empowerment. After our initial project in Mozambique, we initiated projects in Sierra Leone, Uganda and will soon begin working in Mali.

Long-Term Impact

Heeling Our World educates U.S. students about human rights issues, and empowers them by giving them an avenue for advocacy. They learn about the hardships of the world's barefoot children, and then make KLEM shoes for them. In Africa our project improves the medical well being of children not only through the donation of shoes, but by also developing sustainable cottage industries for shoe making. Teaching workers in rural African villages to make KLEMs, gives them a pathway out of poverty.



Organization Information

Arts To End Genocide

Location: New Bern, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.artstoendgenocide.org
Project Leader:
Mitch Lewis
New Bern, NC United States
$1,843 raised of $10,000 goal
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$8,157 to go
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