So then, what’s Different Shoes really about? Why should we bother doing it?
We reckon that experiencing the reality of poverty is the best way to want to do something about it. We don’t want it to simply be about “those people over there”; the people we see on TV, suffering through extreme poverty, those people we might give money to charities for but then forget about. We think that becoming friends with them, experiencing something of the way that they live life, their struggles and joys, to live life alongside them as equals, will help us to want to combat the causes and effects of poverty.
The thing is, not all of us can go overseas for a few months. Not all of us can give up that much time or have the money that it would take to get over there.
So we developed Different Shoes.
The truth is, let’s face it, it’s not the same as living in poverty, but it will give a glimpse into the reality of life for people who do.
It’s not the same as spending time alongside people who struggle to live, but it will help you understand something of their reality.
It’s not the same as fighting to live each day, but it might just help you empathise with people who do and help you commit to doing something to change the unfair world in which we live.
We know that it’s not the same, but it is an experience that just might change you.
So, what’s stopping you?