To see where Shoes for Orphan Souls has had an impact, click on a country below.
Shoes for Orphan Souls continues to grow and expand its scope. We receive shoes from all 50 states, then distribute them to children in the United States as well as in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, China, Croatia, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
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The United States of America
Nearly 20 percent of all the shoes collected each year stay in the United States to help vulnerable children and families, with a large portion distributed to school children in the Rio Grande Valley. Buckner Children and Family Services provides innovative programming to support vulnerable children and families living in poverty in the colonias along the Texas/ Mexico border. Buckner has distributed more than 150,000 pairs of shoes in the Rio Grande Valley to date.
In August 2007, Buckner began exploring ministry opportunities in Mexico and officially formed its NGO named Familia y Ninos Buckner Mexico A.C. in April 2008. Buckner in Mexico also conducts short-term mission trips for groups and churches, distributes humanitarian aid, and delivers shoes. Buckner has delivered almost 75,000 pairs of new shoes to Mexico.
Buckner began its exploratory trips to the Dominican Republic in 2009. Buckner officially formed its NGO in December 2009 under the name "Buckner Dominicana." Services are designed to build on individual and family strengths by giving families opportunity to improve their circumstances with the assistance of financial, health, and other support. Buckner has sent almost 10,000 pairs of shoes to the Dominican Republic.
In 2006, the Honduran government invited Buckner by special invitation of the First Lady to visit orphanages and assess the needs of children in Honduras. Humanitarian aid services in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula offer programs designed to build on individual and family strengths through the assistance of financial, health, and other support. Buckner has also distributed almost 65,000 pairs of shoes to children in Honduras.
In 2005, the Peruvian government sought out Buckner to help establish a foster care and transitional services program. Buckner became a Peruvian Foundation in 2007. More than 125,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed in Peru. Humanitarian aid donations have also included medical supplies, dehydrated food, de-worming pills, and other necessities. This aid is distributed to rural populations in the Amazon jungle as well as in government orphanages.
Buckner began operations in Kenya in 2002 when the Baptist Children’s Center in Nairobi became part of the Buckner family. Through humanitarian aid support and distribution of new shoes, Buckner is helping to prevent future disease and infection in children. Buckner has sent more than 30,000 pairs of shoes to Kenya.
Russia is the first and longest-standing international partner of Buckner to vulnerable children. In 1995, Buckner responded to an invitation by Russian officials who sought its expertise to help overcome mounting problems in the country’s orphanages. Local Russian churches are now collecting funds and purchasing diapers as well as other necessities to care for the children in those orphanages. Through humanitarian aid support and distribution of new shoes, Buckner has sent more than 230,000 pairs of shoes to Russia to date.
Buckner began working in Guatemala in 2002. Through humanitarian aid support and distribution of new shoes, Buckner is helping to prevent future disease and infection in children. Many diseases enter the body through the feet when a child walks through mud and filth without shoes. The gift of a new pair of shoes not only protects their feet, but keeps their entire body from being subjected to a number of diseases. New shoes also help a child go to school where wearing shoes is often a requirement. Buckner has sent over 100,000 pairs of shoes to Guatemala.
Buckner began working in Ethiopia in 2006 and officially formed its Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in January of 2007 while merging with the Bright Hope Organization. The Addis Ababa CTC continues to provide integrated services to more than 1,000 orphan and vulnerable children, unemployed youth, and destitute women to improve the economic status of destitute families. Buckner has sent more than 40,000 pairs of shoes to Ethiopia.