A SHOE-BOOT FOR AFRICAN VILLAGE
Bible4health Missions is currently appealing to all ages and industries to donate your used or new shoes for a project:
"A SHOE-BOOT FOR AFRICAN VILLAGE"
This project was launched in January 2011, it started in Zambia, we will be moving to Malawi Next year and then Zimbabwe and thereafter in more african countries.
This project is aimed at distributing a shoe or a boot to African villages,to reduce the health risks of walking barefoot.
Health Risks of Barefoot in African Villages
There are numerous risks involved with going barefoot especially in the above mentioned countries. Since there is no artificial protection of the bare foot, some of the possible issues include cuts, abrasions, bruises, or puncture wounds from glass, nails, rocks, or thorns. Poisonous plants, animals, or parasites can enter the body through the cuts on an injured bare foot, Deaths caused by snake bites, scorpions and dangerous insects, – This project is to provide free and cheap footwear in protecting the people in the Zambian and Malawian village and other African villages, were they can not afford a shoe due to the economic situation in this countries.
Hookworm larvae (found only in warm, moist climates, in most African countries), can also easily burrow through a bare human foot. Athlete's foot is also spread by people walking barefoot in places where the fungus is likely to grow, such as around farms, after the rain, near rivers, in Gardens or in the wet soil in the plying fields of the African farm.
In cold weather, shoes also provide thermal insulation, protecting against frostbite or cold due on the grass in the village footpaths . Other issues that are common in these countries as a result of frequently going barefoot include calf pain, Achilles tendinitis, or plantar fasciitis Blisters on the feet occur in especially walking on stones or gravel roads, children suffer more than adults because the adults skin has become more robust after years of walking In addition, individuals with diabetes or other conditions which affect sensation within the feet are at greater risk of injury while barefoot. Considering the above health implications in the African village Bible4health Missions started this project to fight against these health risks of walking barefoot in the African village starting from Zambia and Malawi which has the poorest villages among the countries in the continent of African.
If you have any footwear you could like to donate to this project, You can send your donation to:
S81 0AG, United Kingdom.
Please Note: If you live in Worksop you can drop your donation at the above address
Finacial Support Appeal
Bible4health Missions is not supported by Government grants, we are self supporting organisation, therefore your financial support will be welcome.
To support this project just click on Donations in the title bar or Click here
ASHOE-BOOT FOR AFRICAN VILLAGE PROJECT
In this project our main aim is to work with Bible4health Team members and the Local Chiefs in each African Country in order to reach the people in a real African village.
Collection and Packaging of Shoes and Boots
All the shoes and boots for "A shoe-Boot for African Village Project" are donated by Individuals, well wishers, friends, families, shoes shops, shoe factories, workers in warehouses, churches, Christian groups, and supermarkets. The collection and packaging is currently done in the United Kingdom only.
All shoes and boots, except for the new ones, undergo odour removing and disinfecting process before they are packed for shipping.
The shoes or boots are packed and labelled by our warehouse staff according to the information we receive from members of Bible4health Teams, who are independent program organisers who are paid registered members of Bible4health Teams, to organise Bible4health Missions programs, projects and other activities in their communities or country. The label on each box of shoes or boot has the name of the country, the Chief where the person receiving the shoes lives, the name of the person receiving the shoes or boot, the size of the shoe or boot and lastly the name of Bible4health Team member who will deliver the package to the Chief, who will arrange the day when all the recipients will gather at the designated place in the same Chief’s area to receive the boxes of shoes.
Bible4health Missions distributes the shoes or boots through members of Bible4health Team members. Bible4health Team members work with the local Chiefs to identifiy who needs shoes or boots in that chiefs area.
There are eight (8) steps in this project in the distribution of the shoes in the african village;
Shoe or Boot Box Contents
32 J. L. Mulenga Malawi
46 Saint Helena
50 Sierra Leone
52 South Africa
60 P. M Mpende Zambia