Founder Oyella Odong, formed the Charitable movement Go Bare in honour of her roots, many people affected from poverty and in order to put a human face to not only poverty, but also those living in developing countries. Fleeing the Ugandan civil war, at 5 years old, Oyella wore her first suitable pair of shoes after arriving to the UK.
Our Go Bare ‘Barefoot’ annual walk, not allows participants to experience how it would feel to walk all day and everyday barefoot or without suitable shoes, due to poverty and or cultural differences but also tackle poverty. Participants get to experience "Walking a mile in someone else's shoes" by walking without. This helps to put a human face to poverty, through shared experiences.
Year round, Go Bare distributes school fees, shoes, educational books/materials and provide training to illiterate adults in Uganda. By supporting those that do not otherwise have the ways and means to do so, we empower the individuals, community to have their own financial independence.
Our mentor programme also empowers those from and in developing countries - from the soles of their feet to the top of their mind -through mutual understanding and respect. By walking together, we can help each other on our journey through life – no matter or destination and support individuals in areas such as Uganda and Ghana (Growing and expanding with time).
How we help
There are over 40 million people in Uganda and 70% of the population are living in poverty. Within the percentage, many are unable to afford necessities such as shoes and school supplies. City schools often deny a child entry on this basis and we lift such barrier, through Kind donation of supplies and mentoring.
Over 30% of adults are either young single parents, illiterate and or unemployed. This is why our team and volunteers offer training (Which includes agriculture) as well as literacy to illiterate adult. This helps farmers learn how to look after their crops, to be able to feed themselves, family, community and sell goods to make an income.
Poverty impacts on the individual’s health and wellbeing. This can be physically, mentally and or both.
We support students in over 15 schools, including village schools and orphanages to alleviate some of the stresses of poverty. Additionally, mentor girls in Uganda and Ghana.