More than 700 million people don’t have access to safe drinking water, according to a 2013 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That’s about 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. What’s more, the study reveals that 36 percent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack facilities that have the ability to hygienically sanitize water.
WaterStep is a nonprofit organization focused on providing safe and reliable drinking water all over the world. WaterStep knows that many of the world’s problems could be cured with access to clean water. By providing water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who are going into areas with unclean water, WaterStep provides more people with access to clean water and sanitation.
All new and used footwear collected – flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. – will be donated to WaterStep with one of two purposes in mind. First, usable shoes are sold to an exporter, and the funds raised help to bring clean water to those in need. Additionally, portions of unusable shoes may be recycled, eliminating hundreds of tons in landfill waste.
Over the last two years, with the support of the local community, more than 26,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor, resulting in safe drinking water for thousands of people worldwide.
For a complete list of drop-off locations, please visit The Iona Group.
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