Giving New Shoes with Partners in Health Since 2009
Posted on April 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM
Since 1987, Partners In Health has brought health, education and hope to communities in need around the world. They build hospitals and health clinics, train health outreach staff and work with communities to help provide whatever is needed to provide health care to people in need. As Partners In Health explains, "you can build a hospital and you can give people medicine, but if you don't address their other needs, people are not going to get better.”
Collaborating with local governments and organizations, Partners In Health provides patients and their families with layers of health care, like access to hospitals, vaccinations and medication, health education, food, shelter, school subsidies and more. PIH works to address this broad definition of health care so they can not only meet communities’ clinical needs, but also the root causes of poverty and disease that affect rural families who are living without access to resources..
Partners In Health became a TOMS Giving Partner in 2009, and have since distributed new shoes to children in Haiti, Malawi, Rwanda and Lesotho.
New shoes help provide an extra layer of health care by helping protect children’s feet from cuts, infection and soilborne diseases. And as the Partners In Health team tells us, a lack of shoes can be an indicator of a family living in extreme poverty. New shoes can also encourage families to send their children to school.
“New shoes provide hope to a child,” the team at Partners in Health tells us. “And while hope is not necessarily measurable, it is one of the most meaningful attributes in our mission to break the cycle of poverty and disease.”
We at TOMS are so grateful that the incredible support of the TOMS community can be extended to not only provide children with new shoes, but also have a positive impact on their health and well-being. Thank you for supporting the One for One movement!
Want to see more? Look through this Facebook album for photos of children receiving shoes with TOMS Giving Partner Partners in Health.