Children in the Wilderness (CITW) donor Brandon Fraser contacted CITW Zambezi in June 2016. Brandon had discovered CITW online and was keen to assist the programme by supplying a unique and innovative gift of shoes for the underprivileged. The Shoe That Grows provides sustainable footwear made from high quality durable materials such as compressed rubber soles and anti-bacterial, adjustable synthetic tops that grow up to five sizes with the child’s foot.
With thanks to Brandon’s generous donation, the first 50 pairs of shoes arrived in Zimbabwe in November 2016 and January 2017 for distribution to those children most in need. Prior to distribution, CITW conducted a survey of 1600 students which showed that a staggering 45% of these children were wearing ill-fitting footwear, or in most cases, nothing at all. This has certainly been a most worthwhile initiative and so desperately needed by these deserving children – our hearts were warmed by the smiles and reactions of the students who received them and we will be forever grateful to Brandon Fraser and The Shoe That Grows for their compassion and continued interest.
Earlier this week, The Shoe That Grows sent out an exciting announcement via their newsletter:
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website! We invite you to visit The Shoe That Grows at www.theshoethatgrows.org.
Our team is excited about the new opportunities the site will bring for The Shoe That Grows! We are thrilled to be able to feature some incredible kids on our website and we are looking forward to seeing their bright futures.
Thank you for being awesome. You are helping us grow, and most importantly, you are helping us get shoes to kids. We are extremely grateful!
Enjoy! We appreciate your constant support!
– Your Because International Team”