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Sal's Shoes

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There are 300 million children in the world for whom walking with shoes is a rarity. This makes them extremely vulnerable to infection by parasites, such as hookworm; while injuries to the feet and ankles can lead to ulcers and other conditions which are almost always left untreated. Without shoes, many children are not permitted to attend school. Sal's Shoes finds new feet for outgrown shoes.

Not long after our son Sal first started walking I found myself faced with a collection of his outgrown shoes. When I sought out charities who could donate them to those most in need, there wasn’t a single organisation that could tell me where Sal’s pre-loved shoes would actually end up. I decided to cut out the middle man and use my network of contacts to identify groups of children who would benefit from a shipment of shoes. A parcel was sent to a friend overseas, who distributed them on a children’s oncology ward and sent back a photograph of a child wearing Sal’s first pair of shoes. Sal’s shoes had become another’s. After initially collecting more outgrown children’s shoes from family and friends, word spread and soon I was inundated with barely worn shoes; ‘Sal’s Shoes’ had been born. In our first 2 years we have collected over 30,000 pairs of shoes and distributed them in 19 countries around the world, including in the UK. CJ Bowry - Founder

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