TOMS and Feed the Children Bring Smiles to Honduras

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Feed the Children, a TOMS Shoes Giving Partner, distributes shoes to school children about twice a year. Last month, we had the pleasure of giving the shoes to children in our Honduras education programs while giving the Honduras Minister of Education a tour of these schools.

Shoes and Hunger

Feed the Children has learned many lessons while pursuing our mission across 23 countries. Among the most important: countless factors contribute to poverty, and they are all interconnected. We can bring nutritious meals, clean water, and education to a child, but all that progress can be halted by one unforeseen event.

A difficult roadblock on the path to health are the infections and diseases children contract when they don’t have shoes to protect their feet. Parasites can easily invade a shoeless child and steal all the nutrition our food provides. Feed the Children administers medicine that fights these parasites, but it’s vital to prevent the child from contracting them in the first place.

Help from TOMS

TOMS knows the central role adequate footwear plays in long-term wellbeing. Through their One for One concept, every pair of  shoes TOMS sells means a pair of new shoes is given to a child in need. And it doesn’t happen just once — in partnership with Feed the Children, TOMS is committed to continue helping kids as they develop and grow.

Feed the Children, a TOMS Shoes Giving Partner, distributes shoes to school children about twice a year. Last month, we had the pleasure of giving the shoes to children in our Honduras education programs while giving the Honduras Minister of Education a tour of these schools.

The children’s smiles told the story as they happily received their new shoes.

The children lined up to greet Francisco Torres of Feed the Children - Honduras, as he brought some very special guests on a tour of schools participating in the Feed the Children Honduras Education program.
Schoolchildren lined up to greet Francisco Torres of Feed the Children – Honduras and his very special guests.
The children created signs and decorations to welcome their honored guest, Marlon Escoto, the Minister of Education of Honduras.
The children created signs and decorations to welcome their honored guest, Marlon Escoto, the Minister of Education of Honduras.
Feed the Children staff organized the new pairs of TOMS as Minister of Education Escoto helped by measuring the children’s feet.
Feed the Children staff organized the new pairs of TOMS as Minister of Education Escoto helped by measuring the children’s feet.
Our staff repeated the process throughout the day as Mr. Escoto and the staff brought the shoes to children at several Honduran schools.
Our staff repeated the process throughout the day as Mr. Escoto and the staff brought the shoes to children at several Honduran schools.
New TOMS = smiles!
New TOMS = happy faces!
As he walked through the community, Minister of Education Escoto was greeted by children wearing their new pairs of TOMS.
As he walked through the community, Minister of Education Escoto was greeted by children wearing their new pairs of TOMS.
The children in this preschool are much less susceptible to disease and nutrition-robbing parasites with their new shoes.
The children in this preschool are much less susceptible to disease and nutrition-robbing parasites with their new shoes.

School-based Meals Bring and Keep Children in School

In addition to receiving new shoes, the minister of education joined the children for the meal provided by the Feed the Children education program.
In addition to receiving new shoes, the minister of education joined the children for the meal provided by the Feed the Children education program.
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350,000 children are fully engaged in our child-focused programs, which provide nutritious meals every school day.
As part of his visit, Minister of Education Escoto thanked the mothers who volunteer to help Feed the Children prepare healthy nourishing food.
As part of his visit, Minister of Education Escoto thanked the mothers who volunteer to help Feed the Children prepare healthy nourishing food.
He also visited a school’s thriving vegetable garden, a good example of Feed the Children’s Four Pillar approach to poverty.
He also visited a school’s thriving vegetable garden, a good example of Feed the Children’s Four Pillar approach to poverty.

The Four Pillars address food and nutrition, water and sanitation, health and education, and livelihood development, all with the goal of helping people out of the cycle of poverty.

At the end of his visit, Minister of Education Escoto met with the staff of Feed the Children – Honduras.
At the end of his visit, Minister of Education Escoto met with the staff of Feed the Children – Honduras.

Cooperation between Feed the Children, local government, and generous companies like TOMS multiplies the positive effects we have on a community.

With nutritious food to sustain them, shoes to help protect them from infections, and education to guide them through tomorrow, these children in Honduras have the opportunity to improve their circumstances in ways that will last for generations.

Your support of Feed the Children continues to make it possible.