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Great Teamwork: Over 823 Pairs of Shoes Donated!!

YAP Successes in Tanzania and San Francisco

  • We have donated a total of 700 pairs of shoes to the 600 blind orphans in Tanzania.
  • We want to thank Vans, adidas, Converse, Reebok, and Puma for being so generous in saving the lives of these orphans who have suffered all this time from foot fungus, when the only cure is wearing shoes.
  • The first package of shoes just arrived in Tanzania and it has completely changed their lives. The rest is still on its way to Tanzania, arriving there soon.
  • Thanks to Converse, we also donated 123 pairs of shoes to the Compass Center
  • The Compass Center is a shelter for homeless kids in San Francisco, age 2-10, who live their lives sleeping in the streets or in broken families
  • The shelter is their only source of hope to thrive


YAP has donated another 360 pairs of shoes to the Orphanage in Tanzania

We have just shipped 300 pairs of Vans shoes plus another 60 pairs of Converse shoes to the orphanage in Tanzania, bringing us very close to our 600 pair quota. This also includes the 200 pairs of shoes we sent last week. The orphanage has 600 kids, all of them blind and never having worn shoes before. This is a donation of at least $18,000 in cost with an approximate retail value of $33,000.

By doing this, we can change the lives of these orphans by preventing the spread of foot fungus, which is their biggest problem for them.

YAP Donates 200 Pairs of Shoes to Orphanage for the Blind in Tanzania

Youth Against Poverty has just donated 200 pairs of Converse shoes to an orphanage for the blind in Tanzania. The orphanage was founded by the K2 Foundation and the orphans have never owned a pair of shoes. Also, many of the orphans are currently suffering from foot fungus, mainly because of the composition of the dirt and soil that causes the foot to swell. By wearing shoes, it will prevent the kids from having foot fungus and will forever change their lives. We just take for granted how important shoes are to us. Once you hear about how badly kids need shoes, you start to appreciate the shoes you wear everyday wherever you go.

Pictures from Haiti

Hey All,

I just posted pictures of our trip in Haiti in our Photo Blog, which is on the left side bar.

Back from Haiti - Reflecting on the Experience

Overall, I had a great time at Haiti and it is one of those trips that I will remember forever. Our trip was through an organization called Global Family Philanthropy, and the orphanage we were at was in Les Cayes which is a four hour drive from Port-au-Prince. Our job was to build a chicken coop and we had a great deal of time to play with the kids. Since our group was small, we really had the opportunity to bond with the kids. The kids were always happy to see us and always wanted us to play with them and give them our love and care. They always wanted me to pick them up and hold them, because they loved that feeling to be held and known that someone actually cares for them. Some of the older kids knew that we were not going to be there for long, so by about 3 days prior to leaving, they were sad, because they knew we were leaving soon but didn't know exactly when we were leaving. The last day was the most emotional day of the trip, because that was when almost everyone knew we were leaving. Some starting crying and some were too upset to do anything. They were sad because they knew that they can't receive the love and care that we gave them during the 10 days. It's as if telling them that the love and care that we are giving them is temporary. It's sad because I realized that kids always need unconditional and undivided love and being there for such a short time was telling them that they can't have the unconditional love that a parent can give them. However, my heart is still with them and they were great kids and were always smiling and laughing, which made me smile and laugh as well.

Haiti is a country with great people and the countryside is beautiful, especially the beaches. The only problem is their management. For example, there is an abundance of banana trees, almond trees, and avocado trees, but the people are still starving. There are no garbage cans there so you see piles and piles of trash in the middle of the streets. When you drive from Les Cayes to the capital, it's all the same thing. It's just poor villages after another and garbage and filth everywhere. They have an abundance of resources, but they just have poor management. The reason I am so shocked here in US is because it is so clean compared to Haiti. I dont have to use my hand sanitizer every 5 minutes and can actually walk barefoot in my own room, whereas we couldnt in our hotel room. I am still recuperating because of the culture shock.

My Trip to Haiti - A Great Visit

Hey all,

Just to let all you know, I am having a great time in Haiti. Our volunteer group is great and I love the kids in the orphanage. They are always smiling and full of love. I don't have much Internet access at the moment, but if I do, I will post updates on my Facebook page which you can click here. So far, I have posted pictures of the kids and workers having a pair of shoes for the first time.

Getting Ready for the Trip to the Haiti

As you all know, I am leaving to Haiti next week from June 8 - 20. I have to prepare for a few health precautions/vaccinations such as Hepatitis A, B, Thypoid, and malaria pills. I just took my first dosage of malaria pills today and will continue to take it weekly for four weeks. I also have to be concerned about cholera and Dengue fever.

By the way, hurricane season in Hait officially starts today and will continue for the next few months. Even though there are many adversities that I have to face, I am still pretty excited to go and cannot wait. Please follow me on my Facebook and Twitter as I will post images of my trip and of all the kids that I will care for. Below is a picture of the orphanage that I will be working at.

Help The Orange Giraffe Orphanage in Uganda

The Orange Giraffe Orphanage and Children's Home is a program in Uganda (Africa) under the Foundation for Rural Development and Action Research (FORDAR). The orphanage was targeted as a preschool center for orphans and needy children in order to provide them with food, clothes, soap, shelter, medicine, and education. To learn more about this orphanage click here.

Here are a couple pictures of the Orange Giraffe Orphanage. To look at more pictures, go to the Photo Blog (on the bottom left hand column) and click on Orange Giraffe Orphanage 

The Experiential Learning International (ELI) is able to accept your donations to the Orange Giraffe Orphanage in Uganda. If you would like to donate, please mail a check to the ELI Associates to this address:

Experiential Learning International

2828 N. Speer Blvd., Suite 230

Denver, CO 80211