Hey eveyone, i'd like to briefly explain how project happy feet came about.
We started this project after myself and a couple ot friends travelled to Greece in April 2016 to help in what ever way we could with the refugee crisis.
We knew there was a settlement of 13000 to 15000 refugees in Idomeni- a camp in Greece near the Macedonian border, so that's where we headed.
We joined various projects working around the camps however whilst we were there we had the opportunity to interact with the refugees. We came across a young lady who was carrying a child not much older than 6 months. She was sat on the floor with her feet stretched out. Her feet were red and raw with blisters and it was heart breaking to see her in that state. I asked her what had happened and she replied "my shoes are too small for me". We then started to look around more at the shoes everyone was wearing and noticed that there were many children wearing the wrong size shoes along with adults.
Having the right size shoe on your feet is something so basic- put yourself in their shoes, literally. This was the inspiration for our project. There's much we can do to help and this will be our starting point- Happy Feet.
Our team will be travelling to Greece on August 6 to deliver much needed aid. Please explore our website for further details.
We hope you can support us on our journey :)
My motivation for Project Happy Feet comes from my last trip in Idomeni in April. It’s already such a difficult place to be for our friends in the camps, the very least we can do is make sure they have the right shoes on their feet to continue the long and painful journey they are on. They’re on our door step in Europe, how can we not help?
The last time I went Greece it was on a whim to do some volunteer work having heard so much about the refugee crisis.
I’m so excited to go back to Greece with a project and a group of volunteers. I hope it raises awareness for the refugee’s struggles and it encourages to people to spread acts of kindness. Let’s keep playing it forward.
In the world today where things seem to be getting from bad to worse, and millions of people are fleeing numerous war torn countries for refuge, practically at our ‘doorstep’, how can I sit back? We are so very fortunate with our safety and health, while millions struggle to consistently provide their families with basic amenities. This is how Project Happy Feet was born, it started with shoes and snowballed from there. The inspirational support of many ‘AWESOME people who donated, supported their time or space with this project, will help us provide families struggling in Greece some semblance of normality in their lives. Join our Happy Feet movement!
Nazmin (Core Team Leader) - Such an inspiring little girl I met, who helped me load my car with so many donations from her awesome mum. This is the gift she gave me for collecting, it reads "in sha Allah (if god wills) one day I would be like you, Thank You, for picking up the clothes". I'm meeting some amazing, kind hearted, abundantly generous people who are joining our Happy Feet movement