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Project October 2, 2015

Ghana: Walking Without Shoes


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Three boys in the Ponkrom village, dressed in their tattered uniforms, are shoeless. Image by Olivia Conti. Ghana, 2015.

Most of us are familiar with the phrase "Walk a mile in his shoes." But how can we do that, if there are not any shoes to walk in? This is the case in Ghana, where both kids and adults are seen walking everywhere without shoes—on river banks and in the dirt.

Malaria, parasites, and worms are more prevalent among those who do not wear shoes, and the consequences can be fatal. According to the WHO, malaria kills 700,000 children every year and is the leading cause of death in those under the age of five. Some of us may take a pair of shoes for granted, but for others shoes can make all the difference.

In this project, student fellow Olivia Conti investigates the daily lives of people in Ghana and how the absence of shoes affects them. With such an easy solution why is this still such a large problem?



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