One Day Without Shoes - April 10th

On the Put Foot Rally, I had the opportunity to join the (now defunct) Bob's For Good Foundation on a shoe drop at a primary school near Livingstone, Zambia.  It was such an amazing experience to be a part of - to sit across from a child, remove their worn out sandals, and place a brand new pair of leather school shoes on their feet.

To you and I, shoes are just a part of everyday life. But around the world, especially in developing areas, children often go without shoes and are more susceptible to disease and soil transmitted infections like hookworm, jiggers (fleas), and podoconiosis (elephantiasis).  Prepare to be creeped out if you Google these!  And when children are ill, or cannot afford shoes that are a requirement to attend school, they go without an education.  And what's the best way to fight poverty?  Well, education.  See where I'm going with this?

 This brings me to One Day Without Shoes - April 10th, 2012, sponsored by TOMS. I'm a huge fan of their work, and I love the idea of going barefoot for a day to raise awareness.  For more info, check out the event on Facebook.

Marie Frei

One Carry-On is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a travel expert and photographer with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.