Due to this reason, we may fail to acknowledge its importance and value - just like breathing. As we unintentionally fail to imagine life without shoes, in-turn this can make it almost impossible to recognise and even acknowledge those living without such items that are easily taken for granted.
Go Bare aims to create awareness through experiences of different walks of life; including those who are not visible and those that go barefooted.
At Go bare we take the phrase “Walk a mile in someone shoes” in the literal sense. Asking questions such as what if someone does not own shoes? How can we share their experiences in order to understand them and each other? The phrase has good intentions, however simultaneously excludes those that do not walk in shoes.
We aim to make journeys easier for the 'Invisible' people; helping their footsteps to be seen, their voices heard and empowering them to take have full control of their journey and each other.
Go Bare looks at the root of poverty, from the ground (Foot by providing footwear, educational tools) and working our way up (Mind, through mentoring and training as well as paying school fees for top preforming students). Following this theory, we support physically and holistically (Because poverty impacts on self-esteem as well as mindset) - by providing individuals with the following:
1) Educational tools for students
2) Adult training
"Go Bare is formed out of mutual respect and understanding, due to sharing similar experiences with the very people we are supporting.
I was born during the Ugandan civil war. If it was not for my tight family unit, teamed with my Fathers education, we may still be living in poverty and or worse.
20+ years later, a civil war lasting for over 20 years and conflict from rebel groups - it upsets me that individuals and generations are still impacted by such history. I try my best to remember the past, in order to better understand the very individuals we are supporting and better walk in their shoes.
This has meant 70% of Ugandans are living in poverty; youth unable to attend education, young parents unable to support their family and some being illiterate. All linked to Ugandan history, concerning the civil war.
The team at Go Bare and I hope to break the cycle of poverty, the limitations it can bring and hopefully empower mindsets and form unity through this charity."
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