Charity of the week
More than 1.5 billion people worldwide are infected by parasitic diseases transmitted through contaminated soil—illnesses that could be prevented by wearing proper footwear. In addition, properly fitting shoes and socks are consistently reported to be one of the top items needed by American students in schools around the country. The mission of Samaritan’s Feet (samaritansfeet.org) is to provide people worldwide with shoes in order to prevent diseases or the ostracizing that hinders them from going to work or school. In addition to giving away shoes, the organization has created biodegradable, antimicrobial shoes that treat infections. Since its founding in 2003, the charity has provided shoes for and washed the feet of 6.6 million people in 91 countries and 366 U.S. cities.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■