We are excited to announce that TOMS Shoes has
chosen Heart for Africa to be a Giving Partner in Swaziland, Africa, to give
away TOMS Shoes to orphans and vulnerable children in rural communities.
TOMS Shoes “One for OneTM” program
gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes that is
purchased. This partnership is a long-term endeavor with the plan to ship a new
container every six months as needed. The TOMS Shoes program is designed so
children wear their new shoes knowing another pair will be coming when they
outgrow or wear out their first pair.
Swaziland has the highest
HIV/AIDS rate in the world. The virus has ravaged the adult and young adult
population of the tiny kingdom (about the size of New Jersey) reducing the
population from 1.1 million in 2005 to an estimated 950,000 in 2010. More significantly, the government
estimates that there are more than 500,000 orphaned or vulnerable children in
the country. The TOMS Shoes model fits perfectly with Heart for Africa’s plans
to support these vulnerable children by helping them with some of the basic
necessities of life – food, water, clothing and shoes. The container of TOMS Shoes arrived at
Project Canaan on January 4th and
distribution will begin immediately.
All Heart for Africa volunteers serving in Swaziland in 2012 will be a
part of TOMS Shoes distribution.
“We are thrilled to be a TOMS
Shoes partner and look forward to distributing shoes to needy children for
years to come,” said Ian Maxwell, President of Heart for Africa.
“My wife and children have purchased many pairs of TOMS and it is exciting to
know that the One for One campaign will help the children whom we serve in
We are thankful for the
entire TOMS Shoes team and wish them much success!”