The first item that the charity Making A Difference International Inc. (MADI) provides a poor child with is shoes.
In many poor countries, children don’t wear shoes. Their parents can’t afford them, so they go barefoot. Many poor people die from untreated infections they acquire from a cut or bite to the foot, from walking barefoot.
The Need for Shoes
In America, especially, many of us take shoes for granted. In many parts of the world, including Uganda and other African countries, shoes are a rarity for people to the point that some never have a new pair of shoes in their lives.
Shoes protect the feet and a person’s health, essentially. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that there are many hazards associated with going barefoot, especially when walking in contaminated soil or water.
One of the most deadly is hookworm disease that can lead to parasitic infections in barefoot individuals. If left untreated, these parasites can result in internal poisons, the loss of limbs, chronic illness and even death. Every day, fathers, mothers and children in poor countries die because of infections that could have prevented by the wearing of shoes.
As the vast majority of the world’s poor must walk wherever they go, a simple pair of shoes is of enormous help in an already difficult existence. Any kind of footwear protects these unfortunate people against cuts, abrasions, snake bites and infections from being habitually barefoot.
Additionally, shoes allow extremely poor people to go the extra distance to where they can obtain food, water, shelter or medical help.