Saturday, July 23, 2011


Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Notes from Haiti - Shoes are a Piece of the Puzzle

The following is a post from our Giving Account Manager, Jenise Steverding,  regarding her recent trip to Haiti. She shares a bit about her own past work in Haiti and the encouragement she experienced in seeing the progress just over 1 year later.

We all have some life moments that leave a lasting impression. For me, memories in Carrefour, Haiti will last a lifetime. My first memories there are of the devastation brought by the 2010 earthquake.Now, through my work with TOMS, my most recent memories are of children wearing our shoes to protect their feet in a dangerous environment.
Prior to joining the TOMS Giving Department, I was working in the field of relief and development.   In January 2010, I was deployed to Haiti to oversee the distribution of medical supplies and medicines in response to the earthquake.   I travelled to visit an organization called Grace International, who were supporting over 20,000 people living under sheets in a make-shift city.
My first experience in Carrefour is difficult to recount.  The Haiti earthquake was one of the most devastating naturaldisasters of my lifetime.  But in spite of the pain and destruction around, there were also signs of resilience and hope of a people determined to find ways to move forward. Over the thirteen months that have passed since that trip, I have often thought of the people still living at the Grace tent city. This month, I was able to return to Carrefour, where TOMS has had the privilege to give new shoes to children who have lost everything.  On the way there, my heart was filled with anticipation, wondering if things would have improved.
As my car pulled up, I let out a shout of excitement to see children running around with their new TOMS protecting their feet. I toured the community and was pleased to see latrines built (and spotless), school resumed, tents numbered by “city blocks”, a washing station, a working clinic, and a new water well station that was serving the community with clean water.  While people are still living in tents, everywhere I looked I saw thirteen months of progress in this Haitian community.
Shoes are just one component of the recovery efforts in Haiti, but for these children, they make an important contribution to health and their ability to attend school. Haiti has a long way to go in its recovery, but we’re proud to be part of the effort.

Monday, July 4, 2011


Haiti School Shoes

Pye Ate and LeVelle MotonHaiti has received 20,000 pairs of shoes for their Back to School Project from Share Our Shoes. Thanks to LeVelle Moton's leadership role with this Back to School Haiti Shoe Drive, we have been successful in assisting the Pye Ate organization in Haiti put shoes on the feet of 5,240 children so far. We (Moton, Pye Ate, and SOS) have been able to partner to attempt to reach our goal of 1 million pairs of shoes to Haiti. Through these video footages that Fedrique Pierre, founder of Pye Ate, personally brought in from Haiti to show SOS, you will see that there’s STILL an enormous need for our unused shoes in Haiti. Please aid us in putting shoes on the 20,000+ pupils still awaiting a pair in their size, so they may attend school safely and without the worry of not having shoes. We are confident through our partnership with LeVelle Moton, we will reach our goal of 1 Million pairs shared for 2011 !

A Special “Thank You” to LeVelle Moton, whose wholehearted devotion to this mission to provide shoes, has absolutely taken off!! We look forward to reporting our success for the upcoming “Back to School” in Haiti Distributions and hope that you will join LeVelle in collecting the shoes needed for September's Distribution on in to the end of this year! We are proud of our Official Spokesperson, LeVelle and know that we could not have done this without him.

Pyte Ate in HaitiAlso, A Special “Thank You” to Fedrique of Pye Ate Organization, who was referred to us through Samaritan's Purse back in January. Fedrique has headed up some of the largest distributions ever done on behalf of SOS by one person. He traveled ALL OVER Haiti, recruited volunteers, and distributed to 19 different orphanages in one week’s time. He has literally put the shoes that we raised on over 5000 children's feet himself. The pictures and footage below are from his efforts and we thank him VERY much! He has a huge heart and takes pride in his mission to cover bare feet in Haiti. Listen to his message below. He traveled to Share Our Shoes from Haiti, just to share it!