Used shoe donations turn cleaning into water.
Whole Foods Market is helping you clean out those closets and kick-start spring cleaning. They have partnered up with Shoeman Water Projects to collect shoes, a St. Louis non-profit that turns shoes into water. Any type of shoes will be accepted, provided they do not have holes in them. 2013 efforts helped turn shoe donations into 5 water purification systems in Haiti, provided water education to the local communities, built a dam, and drilled a water well in Kenya.
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Shoeman Water Projects gathers donated shoes and exports them to street vendors in South America, Haiti, Kenya and other places where people need affordable shoes. The money received from exporting the shoes is used to purchase well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those who thirst.
Shoeman Water Projects, a non-profit organization, works to provide affordable shoes to those without any, and clean water to those who thirst. According to The Environmental Protection Agency 21 billion pounds – about 70 pounds for each person on Earth – ends up in landfills each year. Since 2008, Shoeman Water Projects has kept an estimated 4 million lbs. of shoes out of landfills and provided clean water to more than 210,000 people around the world.
Visit the Shoeman Water Projects website to learn more about the organization at www.shoemanwater.org.
About Shoeman Water Projects
One pair of donated shoes serves two! One pair of shoes provides affordable shoes and clean, fresh water. Shoeman Water Projects is a project of Eagle Wings Ministries, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, working to alleviate as much human suffering as possible. Shoeman Water Projects picks up donated used and new shoes from businesses, churches, schools, special events and shoe drives. Once collected, the Shoeman exports the shoes to street vendors in South America, Haiti, Kenya and other places where people need affordable shoes. Shoe resale builds the local developing economy with retail businesses and affordable shoes. The money the Shoeman receives from exporting the shoes is used to purchase well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those who thirst. Additionally, groups and organizations planning mission trips have the opportunity to purchase a water purification system and receive training on water purification, health and hygiene that they can pass along to the people they serve.
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