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These Shoes Will Grow and Surely Change the Lives of Many Children

These Shoes Will Grow and Surely Change the Lives of Many Children

There are two kinds of people.

Those who can select a reality for themselves and those who have little choice.

For the second group, the joy of receiving a new pair of shoe—usually their only pair—feels just like when a new Game of Thrones episode hits the screens. Your heart beats, followed by the magic of the episode and then there’s the wait for the next one.

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Except for these kids, there’s no next episode.

Many children in developing countries do not have the luxury of getting a new pair of shoes when the current ones become small. As their tender toes eventually find a way to breathe, things usually boil down to one choice.

Be bare feet again, or decide which scrap material would hurt their toes less.

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Is that a tear in your eye? Please don’t cry. Because help has come.

The Shoe That Grows

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    The Shoe That Grows – by Kenton Lee

    Quick facts:

    • Invented by Kenton Lee of Because International
    • Inspired by the struggles of a little Kenyan girl, whose shoes were too small for her feet
    • Comes in 2 sizes: Small & Large
    • Can be expanded up to 5 sizes
    • Can fit a child for at least last 5 years

    They say creativity is combination. And creativity plus compassion is practical compassion. Although you might think Kenton fixed the problem, what he did was giving you and me the opportunity to be part of the solution.

    By reading this post till here you did the first step. By visiting their page, you would have done the second.

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    The Shoe That Grows was partially developed in the U.S and is made of very simple materials: Compressed leather, rubber, snaps and a touch of kindness. It is also easily transportable and resistant to wear.

    Safe to say, poverty just got a little more hacked.

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        8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

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        Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

        What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

        By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

        I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

        Less is more.

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        Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

        What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

        Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

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        When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

        2. More Freedom

        The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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        3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

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        All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

        We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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        The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

        6. More Happiness

        When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

        You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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