Fundamentally, poverty is the inability to have choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and clothe a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence and it often implies living in marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation. Those living in poverty suffer disproportionately from hunger and disease.
In many impoverished nations, walking is the primary form of transportation. Walking without the proper footwear allows for exposure to unsanitary conditions that can lead to disease. Without shoes, children are often kept out of school, which leaves them disadvantaged without an education in the fight to beat poverty.
The mission at Sole Relief is help those that are helping others to change lives for the better.