Journey of the Shoes: 2018

With your support, we were able to collect more shoes than we ever thought possible! But this amazing success led to new challenges: we couldn't bring the shoes with us in our luggage...there were just too many! So we contacted airlines and transport companies to ask for their support. Unfortunately, none of them were able to help. It took some time to raise the money but in the end we found a way to get the shoes to Kenya.

We drove the shoes in a U-Haul trailer from our home in Calgary to a shipping depot in Washington State. From there they were shipped by rail to Kansas City and eventually to the Eastern seaboard of the US, where they travelled by sea to the Port of Mombasa in Kenya. From Mombasa they went by road and eventually reached the Naomi’s Village orphanage at Maai Mahiu. In total, the shoes travelled more than 22,000 km!

What does 1026 pairs of shoes look like? They filled 20 boxes that were 24 x 16 x 16 inches. That’s more than 85 cubic feet and nearly 2.5 cubic meters (2400 litres of shoes!). The total weight was nearly 1000 kg. We stored them in giant polypropylene bags.


Amazingly, all of the shoes arrived safe and sound at Naomi's Village.