About Us

Barefoot Africa is a charity organization that seeks to change life circumstances for people living in remote villages in Africa, particularly children. One very important economic condition that affects all aspects of their human existence is the lack of footwear. A pair of shoes may not seem like a big deal to many in the west, but to many poor families in Africa, especially our most vulnerable, it could factually make a life changing difference.

Walking on soil or rocky terrain without shoes or without shoes that offer adequate protection can cause injuries and infections for impoverished families, especially for those living in areas where trash and human waste have made the soil and waterways a breeding ground for a variety of lethal organisms, resulting in very serious, painful and sometimes lethal infections such as elephantiasis, podoconiosis, strongyloidiasis, and lymphatic filariasis.

Having shoes is always a prerequisite for going to school. Since impoverished people have so few resources to afford shoes, their children are often barred from entering schools barefoot. Therefore, a pair of used shoes not only allows a poor child to attend school but it also allows the adult parents to get a job, teachers to focus on imparting knowledge with pride and confidence. It promotes better health through a reduction in soil borne parasites as well as infections from cuts. World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and many other international development agencies around the world have all documented the relationship between illness, access to education, and poverty.

Therefore, our foremost MISSION is to “Be part of the solution by making a real and lasting impact in the lives of our beneficiaries, the children, the parents, the teachers and many poor families by providing for them new and gently used shoes to help break the cycle of poverty and give them a chance at a better future.”