APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Initially, IMA will distribute shoes to children ages 8-14 through partnerships with schools in over 41 communes in Haiti. In order to receive a pair of shoes, children must participate in the mass drug administration (MDA) program, which includes health and hygiene education. By working through the NTD Control program, IMA will work with trained and committed Community Drug Distributors, Community Leaders and school staff for distributing the shoes. These volunteers are all local members of the community and can both ensure and monitor that the children wear the shoes they are given.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Beginning in October 2010, IMAWH staff and community volunteers will begin the shoe distribution through these programs. The goal is to distribute the full amount of 500,000 pairs of shoes before the end of November 2010. IMAWH will be in close communication with the TOMS Giving Department to report progress on this commitment.
Children who do not have a pair of well-fitted, durable shoes are at risk of contracting debilitating diseases like Soil Transmitted Helminthes and Lymphatic Filariasis throughout Haiti. In addition, if children do not have shoes, they are unable to attend school.
TOMS is seeking connections with organizations active in the spheres of
- public health (especially soil-transmitted diseases, but also areas such as jiggers, tetanus, and other conditions for which lack of adequate footwear is a risk)
- access to education for children
Within our One for One model, we prioritize the integration of our shoe-giving with holistic, impact-driven efforts to improve children's health and well-being. We look for opportunities where adding shoes to a set of interventions will contribute to the overall intended outcomes.