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ProWorld and TOMS Partner to Distribute New Shoes in Rural Peru


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2012

ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and custom groups in developing countries, is proud to announce that is has begun distributing thousands of pairs of new shoes to rural children in the high Andean provinces near Cusco, Peru, as a Giving Partner with TOMS Shoes.

ProWorld has been committed to improving the lives of people in rural communities in Peru for the last twelve years, and partnering with TOMS to provide new shoes for children in need is another positive step in that direction, said Richard A. Webb, founder of ProWorld. ProWorld, like TOMS, is a business with a strong mission that includes giving back to communities in need not through charity, but through enterprise.

ProWorld has spent the last 12 years connecting volunteers with Peruvian locals to implement community development projects in the Cusco and Urubamba regions of Peru. ProWorld projects in Peru such as installing cleaner burning stoves or providing clean water through locally-made water filters are shown to directly improve the health and well-being of local families, especially children. ProWorld reached out to TOMS to become a Giving Partner after seeing the number of children in areas where they were working who did not have shoes, and were walking barefoot even in the winter months.

In the high Andean provinces, we see many children walking around barefoot with red, swollen feet, increasing their chances of respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, simply because their families cant afford to buy them shoes, said Milagro M. Paz, country director, ProWorld Peru. TOMS Shoes can be a lifesaver for these children, and ProWorld is proud to help by distributing the shoes and educating the local communities on factors that influence respiratory illnesses in their children.

ProWorld staff from the Cusco and Urubamba offices, along with ProWorld volunteers, are currently distributing the shoes in conjunction with local community members in the municipalities of Acopia, Canas, Acomayo, Pitumarca, Lares, Huayllabamba, and Colquepata. The first distribution took place on May 18, 2012 in the municipality of Acopia. Distributions will continue throughout May and June 2012. Communities were selected based primarily on need and location, as these communities are among the poorest and coldest in Peru. The remote nature of many of these communities means there is a lack of viable options for shoe purchases, even if families could afford them. In addition, ProWorld and its volunteers have worked directly with many of the communities on specific community projects, such as installing cleaner burning stoves.

Im happy about the new shoes and the people, said Cinthia, a 10-year-old girl from Acopia who recently received a pair of TOMS Shoes.

TOMS Shoes One for One model gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold. TOMS Shoes are distributed by a network of Giving Partners that work to integrate shoes into their health, education and community development programs. TOMS works to create long-term partnerships with its Giving Partners, so that children will have access to new shoes as they grow.

“I didnt know a lot about TOMS Shoes One for One model before this event,” said Jade Dunbar, a 23-year-old student ProWorld volunteer from the University of South Carolina. I think it