Project Area: Ranga Reddy District, Warangal, Mahbubnagar and Hyderabad in Telangana and Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh | Timeline: June 2009 – to date
TOMS shoes USA has a policy of “one for one”, i.e. for every pair of shoes they sell, they give one free for children in need all over the world. M V Foundation has joined TOMS to distribute over 6,50,000 pairs of shoes till date and are continuing the program.
Tom’s shoes has donated over 6,50,000 pairs of shoes. A simple act of giving shoes to all school children studying in government schools in all classes for all age groups and all communities has exemplified the values of universality and togetherness, dignity and freedom, democracy and equality. Every step of the process of giving shows care and thoughtfulness. It was much appreciated by one and all in the village. School teachers to thought it was a great programme as they knew that children deserved schools and shoes – they have seen how their students get hurt, have sores and have cracks in their feet and are in pain for want of shoes. Many a sarpanch, local representatives as well as the police distributed socks. Because the shoes arrived, it is so heartening to see children with tucked shirt, tie and a proper school uniform, neatly combed hair while going to schools. Such dignity they carry. Villages after villages are proud that their children had shoes.