Where Mark and Clare's shoes are helping people in Tanzania
Receiving a surprise request like Clare and Mark's is always welcome. We have a long list of local contacts. In this case, it was friends who run lodges in extremely remote areas of Tanzania who provided the answer.
Sharing the donation
With such a large number of new shoes so kindly donated, it was decided to split the benefit. The first half was sent to the village of Shebo Meza in the centre of the Amani Nature Reserve. Far from the modern world, the people of the Sambaa tribe support themselves through subsistence farming. The adult wage is often less than $1 a day.
The second half went west, to the village of Itete deep in the Kilombero Valley. Over the past ten years, the people have battled to bring fresh water to the village and for the construction of a front-line medical centre. But they remain poor, completely reliant upon agriculture, which, if the rains fail, is often barely enough to sustain life.