Turn Old Shoes into Water
for Third World Countries!
We are collecting new and gently used shoes (no holes please) for Solea Water. We will accept all kinds of wearable shoes including cleats, running shoes, high heels, boots, dance shoes, flip flops, etc. Each pair of shoes donated should be bound together by laces or a rubber band. All shoe donations will be taken to the Festival of Sharing in October. If you are available and willing to take donations to Sedalia, please let me know. Donating shoes is one of the simplest things you can do to provide footwear for the shoeless and water for the thirsty.
Solea Water was previously known as the Shoeman Project. The Shoeman Project was founded by George Hutchings. Mr. Hutchings was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and he was awarded a Purple Heart when he was injured in Vietnam. He began traveling to Kenya in 1998 and saw first-hand the great need for shoes, as well as clean water. When he returned to the states he founded the Shoeman Project and began collecting shoes from organizations, schools, churches and shoe drives.
One Pair Serves Two ... Giving up your soles has a two-fold purpose. First, shoes are exported to street vendors in Kenya, Haiti and South America who sell them cheaply. Shoes are an important commodity because they protect the feet from abrasions, parasites, and mites. Second, funds from exporting the shoes are used to purchase and install well-drilling rigs and purification systems, repair hand pumps, and provide health and hygiene training. It's making use of something that would otherwise be thrown away, fill up the land dump, and just be wasted. So it's a win-win - they get the revenue, the revenue gets them water, and people get shoes they don't have for pennies.