THE SHOE AID PROJECT HAS TWO MAIN AIMS
The first aim of the project is to collect and donate shoes. The recycling programme collects shoes in prosperous, developed countries and distributes them in Cameroon. The Shoe Aid Project specifically aims to support disadvantaged groups by donating shoes free of charge to local sports clubs, street children, primary schools, orphanages, centres for people with disabilities and families on low incomes.
The second aim of the project is to improve local shoe production activities in Cameroon and thereby improve the sustainability of the communities involved. The Shoe Aid Project provides training courses and seminars that pass on valuable expertise and skills to local shoemakers. These courses allow local shoemakers to learn techniques that they can use in their own production processes to make original, comfortable and durable shoes from local raw materials. Professional trainers with various backgrounds also inform shoemakers about the long-term opportunities that would allow them to expand their markets and sell their products both locally and internationally. This creates new and better employment opportunities and helps support fair trade.