The initiative is carried out by Jeevan Dhara, a project supported by CRY, works at the grassroots level and has deep connections to those at Cheeta Camp. The donation brought ease of mind and overall wellbeing during this unprecedented time.
Talking about why such initiatives are crucial at these unprecedented times, Kreeanne Rabadi, Regional Director (west), CRY (Child Rights and You) says, “While all sections of society are facing the brunt of this on gong crisis, there are considerably worse issues in the slums. Living in congested homes with narrow alleys, there is no prospect of social distancing leading to higher chance of getting infected and a constant lurking fear of the disease. With children, unable to go to school not only has their education come to a standstill as they do not have access to devices and internet, the threat of child labour and early marriage are very real. With the parents losing livelihoods, the children battle with the increase in violence in their own homes.”
She adds “In terms of nutrition and health, what used to be a malnutrition issue is now exacerbated by hunger and starvation and parents not taking the children for regular monitoring and immunizations leading to an increase in health problems. With these extremely critical circumstances the families are not feeling any cause for hope and are living day to day. An association with Crocs provides the community a ray of hope, while everyone is providing food, the families are using their old footwear some in rather deplorable condition. With the distribution of high quality, all-weather footwear the families are not worried about purchasing shoes. These shoes work wonderfully well to protect the feet walking through the narrow lanes of the slums.”
Buddy Teaser, President & CEO, Soles4Souls said “We are thrilled to continue our global partnership with Crocs. Helping to distribute thousands of pairs around the region to more than a half dozen countries is another great example of how for-profit and not for profit companies can solve business challenges while helping those in need”
Earlier in the year, the brand and Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined forces to support the frontline workers by donating 10,000 pairs of shoes in India and US under the global donation program ‘A Free Pair for Healthcare’. Under the program, Crocs has donated over 860,000 shoes across the globe to healthcare professionals. Crocs has always been a brand that encourages everyone to be comfortable in their own shoes. In the face of adversity and the coronavirus pandemic, many individuals needed that support more than ever.