Music Aid´s first child aid project provided shoes and schooling for children in need for hundreds of poor villagers in Indonesia. This has been a recurring theme in Music Aid´s activities since it launched in 1998. It is estimated that 300 million children in the world do not have shoes or have very poor and inadequate shoes. Surprisingly, this also includes western countries.
In 2021 Music Aid supports Because International and The Shoe That Grows program through World Concert Day and Music Aid Day. All artists and producers in these events are asked to consider this initiative as one of their selected causes – see below for contact details . Millions of children every day are exposed to illness and disease from contaminated soil because they have no shoes. The Shoe That Grows was created especially for children in poverty to tackle this problem. It expands five sizes and lasts for years and protects vulnerable children.
Over 1.5 billion people suffer from soil transmitted diseases worldwide.
Without shoes, children are especially vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death. Children who get sick miss school, can’t help their families, and suffer needlessly. And since children’s feet grow so quickly, they often outgrow donated shoes within a year, leaving them once again exposed to illness and disease. The Shoe That Grows project is working to change that. It expands five sizes and lasts for years. Created for kids in poverty.
WORLD CONCERT DAY
The Shoe That Grows, from Because International, is an official recommended beneficiary cause for World Concert Day on 26 April. Artists and producers are asked to consider this as your chosen cause and provide links for donations and support directly to the organization´s website. Find out more at the Because International website. There is fundraising information, contact details, and a donation button on the website.