Archive for December, 2008

Why It Is Extremely Important to Get Shoes To Africa…

December 28, 2008
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This is a reality that can be changed with just a little help.

This is a reality that can be changed with just a little help.

 

 

Footwear in Africa is extremely important in order to reduce trauma, hookworm and parasitic diseases that enter the bare foot.  It is also important to minimize foot infections in the diabetic population, as well as to lower the risk for podoconiosis and Kaposi’s sarcoma.

 Podoconiosis (“mossy foot”) is a type of endemic non-filarial elephantiasis.  It is prevalent in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Guinea, particularly in barefoot agricultural workers.  Tiny particles of silica penetrate the skin of barefoot farmers who walk in volcanic soils.  These particles enter the lymphatic vessels.  The body reacts as if a wound is present and makes a fibrous plug that clogs the lymphatics, causing elephantiasis.  This disease is preventable by wearing shoes.

 Source: Podoconiosis: non-filarial elephantiasis. EW Price. Oxford University Press.  NY 1990.
Podoconiosis: endemic non-filarial elephantiasis. LC Fuller.

 Schistosomiasis (bilharziasis) is a disease caused by parasitic worms.  It is not found in the United States, but affects 200 million people worldwide including people in Africa.  Its highest prevalence and severity is in school-aged children. Infection occurs when your skin comes in contact with contaminated fresh water in which certain types of snails that carry schistosomes are living.  The parasite leaves the snail and enters the water where it can penetrate the skin of persons who are wading, swimming, or washing in contaminated water. Within several weeks, worms grow inside the blood vessels of the body and produce eggs. The body reacts to the eggs with fever, chills, cough and muscle aches.  Excretion of the eggs through urine and feces complete the life cycle of the worm.  Repeated infections can damage the liver, intestines, lung and bladder.  Use of proper footwear and avoidance of contaminated water can minimize the occurrence of this disease.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Division of Parasitic Diseases Factsheet. Schistosomiasis.  August 2004

 Tungiasis (tunga penetrans) is a disease caused by a parasitic flea. Although rare in the United States, it is found in tropical Africa and is highly prevalent where people live in poverty.  About 42% of Nigerian children are infected with tungiasis.  This disease affects the feet because this sand flea is a poor jumper and therefore burrows into the skin of the host on the bare foot or toes.  Painful swelling and the development of a fibrous cyst follows.  It may progress to bacteremia, gangrene, tetanus and death. The major risk factor for developing tungiasis is failure to wear shoes when walking in sand infested with fleas.  The primary method of prevention is simply to wear some type of footwear.

Source: Paul McKinney, MD and L. Clifford McDonald, MD  University of Lousville School of Medicine
EMedicine, April 2006

 Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses food for energy.  It affects 13.6 million people in Africa and this is expected to double in the next 25 years.  Diabetic foot infections occur because diabetes causes poor circulation in the foot combined with a lack of pain sensation, leading to non-healing foot injuries, usually ulcers.  Untreated, these injuries can lead to amputation and sometimes death.  Foot clinics are rare in developing countries.  For example, in Senegal, there is just one foot clinic in the entire country of 4 million people.  Socio-cultural practices of going barefoot contribute to this health problem; adequate footwear can minimize the diabetic foot infections and their sequelae.

Source: Diabetes and Foot Care – Put Feet First Prevent Amputations.
International Diabetes Federation.  Cameroon, April 2005

 Hookworm is an intestinal parasite that is caused by direct contact with soil contaminated with larvae, or by ingestion of the larvae.   It infects 1 billion people worldwide and is found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. The larvae typically penetrate the skin of the legs or feet and travel in the venous system to the heart, and then to the lungs where they enter the airways.  Next, they are coughed up into the throat and then swallowed.  In the intestine, the larvae develop into worms that attach to the bowel wall and suck blood.  Excretion of the eggs into the soil completes the life cycle.  Hookworm causes anemia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.  It can also cause growth retardation.  The incidence of hookworm infection may be reduced by wearing shoes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Division of Parasitic Diseases Factsheet.  Hookworm.  August 1999.
 
 Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is a rare cancer that first gained widespread attention as the hallmark of AIDS, but in Africa, this cancer was common long before the AIDS epidemic and seemed to be limited to the foot and lower legs. Endemic (not due to HIV) KS has been identified in Uganda, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Nigeria and Cameroon. The distribution of endemic KS is similar to that of podoconiosis that strikes barefoot highland farmers.  KS is caused by an infection with a herpesvirus (HHV-8) that is particularly virulent in someone whose immune system is suppressed.  It is believed that the lymph vessels respond to soil exposure by an inflammatory response that may enable the causative virus to proliferate in the skin of the feet and legs.  With the AIDS virus, the entire immune system collapses and KS is found throughout the body. Going barefoot is a risk factor for KS.  Use of appropriate footwear can lower this risk.

Source: Endemic Kaposi’s sarcoma in Africa and local volcanic soils.  John Ziegler.  The Lancet, 1348-1351 (Nov. 1993). 

 

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Facts about social issues in developing countries and how they affect children..

December 28, 2008

• Of the 6.5 billion inhabitants that made up the world’s population in the year 2004, 2.3 billion lived in free societies, 1.5 billion lived in partially free societies, and 2.2 billion lived in countries ruled by dictators or totalitarian regimes.

We know that someone cares

We know that someone cares

 

 

• In 2007, for the first time in history, the majority of people will live in urban areas. Throughout most of the developing world, this will result in larger slum populations.  

• Nearly 30 percent of women worldwide are giving birth before age 18.

• Some 200 million women who wish to space or limit their childbearing lack access to contraception. 
 
• One in five parliamentarians elected in 2005 were women, bringing the percentage of parliamentary seats held by women in 2006 worldwide to almost 17.

• Youth now represent close to half of the world’s 192 million jobless people. In many countries, they are more than three times as likely as adults to be seeking work. This presents an especially urgent challenge for developing countries, home to 85 percent of the world’s youth.

• By the end of 2000, more than half the population in developed regions had access to the Internet, compared with 7 percent in developing regions and less than 1 percent in the 50 least developed countries.

• An estimated 20 million children worldwide have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict and human rights violations.

Famous Quotes We Believe!

December 28, 2008
  • We Believe that all Children deserves a chance to have a new pair of shoes by Shoes4School.org
  • We believe that a hole in the sole can leave a hole in the soul
  • Shoes are called “Support” for a reason
  • We are a “Sole  Supporter” for Children
  • We believe that children are our future

English proverb 
“The soul is healed by being with children.”

Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. First Lady  
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa 
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Princess Diana, Princess of Wales 
“Hugs can do great amounts of good — especially for children.”

Wess Stafford, President, Compassion International 
“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.”

David Vitter, U.S. Senator 
“I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!”

Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative 
“Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine.”

Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative 
“Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine.”

Epitaph, tombstone inscription in Shrewsbury, England 
“For the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Do all the good you can, To all the people you can, In all the ways you can, As long as ever you can.”

John Charles Salak, author 
“Failures are divided into two classes — those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.”

Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights activist 
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But … the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights activist 
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But … the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

Mohandas Ghandi, political and spiritual leader in India 
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

Sir Winston Churchill, author and former U.K. Prime Minister 
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

 

Facts About Education in Developing Countries

December 28, 2008

Get the facts about education in developing countries and how it affects children and adults.

 

 

• An estimated 130 million of the world’s 15- to 24- year-olds cannot read or write.

• There are 781 million illiterate adults worldwide, and 64 percent of them are women.

• Nearly 115 million children are out of school. Globally, some 53 percent of the children out of primary school are girls, meaning that for every 100 boys out of school, 115 girls are in the same situation.

• Of the 22 countries where more than half the population is illiterate, 15 are in Africa.

• Only 14.4 percent of GDP per capita is spent on primary education worldwide.

• About 75 percent of children out of primary school in developing countries have mothers who did not go to school.

Sources: http://www.worldbank.org, http://www.unicef.org, http://www.nationmaster.com

What Words Can You Find

December 22, 2008

In The Media

December 22, 2008

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Child Poverty on the decline in the U.S.?

Donate just $10 to Help Shoes4Schools

December 22, 2008

 

A new pair of these shoes will brighten the life of a child! You Can Help Make That Happen!

A new pair of these shoes will brighten the life of a child! You Can Help Make That Happen!

If you can donate we will really appreciate it.  What is a $10 donation you may wonder?  $10 can go a long way in helping to fulfill our mission.  Your thoughtful and kind donation will go towards assisting us to assist those in most need of help.  We believe firmly that together we stand, divided we fall. 

Whether one acknowledges it or not but we are all connected.  That can be witnessed by the recent Tsunami.  Although the problem occurred on one side of the world, it affected people on the opposite side of the world.  What does that tell you?  The world is not that big after all.  The decision you make here to help a child may  help one of your kindred spirits somewhere else in this world. 

If you have never gone to a poverty stricken area, then you may have no concept of what it is like to see the smile on the face of a child who has nothing and then receives something from the Charities.  It is the most rewarding and heart touching moment you can imagine. It touches my heart deeply when I see a child in Africa wearing something that we once had in America but sent to Africa to assist those in need. It will touch your heart too.  You will have such a great sense of personal satisfaction.

Can you afford to donate just $10 to help shoes4school?

Do not delay.  Take the opportunity to send just $10 or more and we assure you that your dollar will go a long way.

Shoes 4 School went to the third ward area of Houston, Texas to distribute shoes to teen aged girls.

Shoes 4 School went to the third ward area of Houston, Texas to distribute shoes to teen aged girls.

If You do not believe that your $10 can go a long way, take a look here and see the world for yourself.

Schedule of Events

December 22, 2008

omg-shoesJanuary 29, 2008

3 PM – 5 PM at the Cuney Homes Auditorium –

3260 Truxillo, Houston, TX 77004

 

Shoes4Schools.org is proud to host our Teen Girls – Shoe-GiveAway.  If you are a teen girl currently

in school, come and celebrate “You” with us.  All

we ask that you do in return for a brand new pair of shoes is give us one paragraph on “What you

want to be when you grow up” or “What

education means to you”.  That’s it!  A few of you will be chosen to share your story and you may

even make it as a chosen one to be featured on

our website. We’ll see you there!

Testimonies

December 22, 2008

Do you have a testimony of how Shoes4Schools.org has helped you in some way?  If so, please feel free to leave a comment in the section below so we can share it with our readers.

World Statistics Updated in Real Time

December 21, 2008