It feels a little strange to go to Swaziland and be exposed to the many, many needs there and then just return to life as usual. Like any major life experience, I am touched and changed by it all. I am now working on what to do with that feeling...so I started talking with my dear friend, Marcie about this after I returned.
While I was in Swaziland and after I returned, I have thought so much of the children I saw walking on those rough roads completely barefoot. The children I saw with shoes in dire need of repair, or with shoes on that were far, far too large....and then knowing the drawer full of shoes that we have has left me so uncomfortable. So, Marcie has helped in putting these feelings into action with this fantastic idea: to collect gently used children's shoes from our friends, family and the community and send them to Swaziland!!
I have yet to establish a contact person in Swaziland, but I doubt that will be an issue with the contacts with the EGPAF clinics! It is a wonderful thought that we might be able to touch lives in some concrete way. It is one way to continue contact with the region and in some small way it will make a difference in the life of a child. So, send those gently used shoes our way. ;)