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Tabasamu Shoe Distribution

Tabasamu is the Swahili word for “smile”. Through the Tabasamu Shoe Distribution SN team lives out loud by loving in action by wrapping pairs of shoes, socks and providing meals to children from Kibera slums, Kenya. You can have your hand in gifting the precious ones by donating to this program.

90% of children living in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa walk to school barefoot because with families living under $1/Ksh100 a day, a pair of shoe is not a priority. Although, a shoe alone doesn’t solve problems for these children, it helps them build their self-esteem and hope. 

A simple shoe donation can protect the children from hookworms, puncture wounds, sores and blisters and generally provide them comfort as they go through an already challenging tender life. 

Through the help of our partners, Tabasamu Shoe Distribution has been able to put a big smile on 20,063 children faces. For SN, shoe distribution has also been a door opener to the gospel among the children and their families in addition to protecting their feet and a Christmas gift.

We believe that shoes are a vital donation as it protects the feet of the children against hazardous waste such as open sewers, human waste and used needles discarded poorly by drug addicts. They are also symbolic of pride and give confidence to young learners knowing that they can walk to school in comfort, as opposed to barefoot. 

School children are the focus of Tabasamu. 

Armed with comfortable all-purpose shoes in various sizes for both girls and boys, Tabasamu provides vulnerable children with sometimes their first pair of proper shoes. 

With the ever growing need for shoes, with limited resources, SN profiles the most needy families throughout the year then invites them a few days before Christmas for their Christmas presents which includes the shoes. 

For proper planning, funds are collected all year long with a deadline of November. This enables our team to have enough time to order and collect the shoes. Lets pull resources together and restore the hompe, pride and dignity of the vulnerable children by wrapping their feet in shoes.

Swahiba Networks is a Christian organization whose primary focus is on the marginalized, underprivileged and destitute communities in Kenya.

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