Feet of Joy
// Jeanne DeTellis O’Connor
For those of us who have visited Haiti, our eyes have quickly observed that most of the children are walking, working or playing barefooted.
To get to school, many children find it necessary to walk a long distance. They, too, are walking in their bare feet.
Poverty teaches one to survive in many ways. When a child has a pair of shoes, they must last. None of us like to see our Haitian children barefooted. We know the conditions of the dirt roads—full of stones, dangerous trash, thorny pathways, roaming chickens and pigs, and the rains that spread the flow of human waste and bacteria onto the pathways. We do not want their bare feet traveling in these conditions.
Typically, our barefooted students will stop at the last stream of water or well to wash their feet, and then proudly don their footwear to enter school. For their health, we need to safely guard their feet with shoes. It is a blessing to provide something so desperately needed through the small act of giving a pair of sneakers to a child in Haiti.
The day they get to pick out a pair of sneakers—their choice, their color—to bring comfort to their feet, is another day they will sense God is providing for their every need. ~Jeanne DeTellis O’Connor