Kwaku Alston and TOMS Shoes in Ethiopia

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Kwaku Alston in Sodo, Ethiopia, in October.

 

Last month, Kwaku Alston traveled to Ethiopia to document a TOMS Shoes shoe drop and the debilitating foot disease Podoconiosis. As Kwaku notes at his blog, “Podo is 100% preventable with shoes!” But many people there can’t afford shoes, and so…efforts like those of TOMS are vital.

Kwaku came back with some really beautiful photographs. Let’s take a minute to appreciate them and the immeasurable value of simply recognizing—really seeing and making an effort to understand and empathize with—other people.

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This, by the way, is what Podo does to a child’s feet:

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If you want to join or aid TOMS Shoes in their work to prevent Podo, please visit one of the following sites: http://www.tomsshoes.com/, http://media.tomsshoes.com/podo, or http://www.friendsoftoms.org/.

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