Impact of the Shoes: 2018

Founded by Calgary teenagers who regularly visit Kenya, Best Foot Forward is a charitable organization that collects shoes, boots and other footwear for donation to orphan children in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.

Can you imagine not being able to go to school because you had no shoes? We take shoes for granted in Canada, but many Kenyan orphans don’t have any footwear at all. Other must share a pair with their brothers and sisters.

Due to poverty, accidents, HIV or violence, there are approximately two million orphaned children in Kenya, and the vast majority receive absolutely no assistance from government. With your help, Best Foot Forward collects used footwear from Calgary families and distributes it to needy orphans in Kenya in partnership with Naomi’s Village, a Kenyan charity.

The kids were overjoyed to receive the shoes. We also sent along some sporting goods (soccer balls) and sporting gear (track suits, soccer uniforms) that were generously donated by the Calgary soccer clubs.