Our Current Project

This is the second year of our partnership with Heart and Sole Africa based in Ruhengeri, Rwanda! We are so excited to help this organization prevent and treat podoconiosis. In terms of our long-term partnership goals, we will be working with Heart and Sole Africa to develop a sustainable project that benefits a community infested with podoconiosis in Rwanda, Africa. 

This year, we will be participating in the Imidido Shoe Project. Podoconiosis is 100% preventable by wearing shoes or boots while walking or working in the fields of Rwanda. The Imidido (swelling) Shoe Project is a 2 phase project that will incorporate a skill development program, income generation program, and education program to include hygiene and health related maintenance interventions, and community education to improve the quality of life for those with Podoconiosis and prevent new cases of Podoconiosis within the region.

Phase one:

The selected eligible 10 treated patients will be trained for a period of three months for making such shoes from least materials locally available in country. 
It is envisaged that the patients will benefit from the project in the following ways:
  • Job creation: The trained individuals and some of other will be employed
  • Profit sharing: By sharing the profit from sales after certain period of time as they will agree upon it.
  • Shoes accessibility: patients will have chance to buy appropriate shoes at low price as a part of treatment    
Phase two: 
The project will tackle a part of community education to sensitize affected and non affected communities the role played by wearing shoes regularly, correctly and consistently in their daily activity towards the prevention and management of Podoconiosis. The communities will also be informed the course of the disease.