Contrary to what some may think- not all Espwa children own a pair of shoes, let alone sneakers.
Thanks to the generosity of our Wisconsin friends, a handful of our youngest now own a brand spankin' new pair of sneakers.
Shoes are a luxury. They are also a huge expense. For those of you that have been to Pwoje Espwa, you noticed that 7 out of 10 children run around barefoot. This is because most don't own a pair of play sandals, and even more don't own a pair of play sneakers. The shoes the children do own are saved for church and school.
Owning a pair of shoes prevents disease and sickness. Owning a pair of shoes provides more than sole support, it boosts self esteem. Especially when the children reach preteen age, not owning a pair of shoes is humiliating. They don't want their picture taken, they definitely can't go to town, they don't even want to step foot into church on Sunday.
So to the wonderful donors from Wisconsin- thank you. You have given a greater gift than you even realize.