The halls of the world's largest Christian child development organization are lined with photos of success stories, of children who have escaped poverty. But April 5, aching, dirty feet walking the halls will remind staff of what still needs to be done.
Today hundreds of Colorado Springs-based professional will spend the day without wearing one of life's basic necessities—shoes. That's right, Compassion International employees will go about their workday and daily activities barefoot to mark, TOMS Shoes' "One Day Without Shoes."
"Not having a pair of shoes is a health risk, physical hazard and an educational barrier for the 300 million children in developing countries," says Bob Thorp, spokesperson for Compassion International's Complementary Interventions Program.
* Lack of shoes is a leading cause of soil-transmitted disease, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. It is estimated that nearly one million die each year as a result of soil-transmitted illnesses and foot-borne diseases.
* Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they are also dangerous—and potentially life threatening—when they become infected.
* Often children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they do not have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to escape the grips of poverty. (Source: TOMS Shoes)
* Bob Thorp, spokesperson for Compassion International's Complementary Interventions Program
* Tuesday, April 5; 12290 Voyager Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80921
ABOUT COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL:
Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.2 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children-enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded ten consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator. DeMossNews.com/Compassion.