Merry Christmas and a New Pair of Shoes

It is difficult to be far away from family and friends this Christmas, but something has made the season a little brighter. This week I had the opportunity to help give away 500 pairs of new shoes to kids in Kibera who have probably never received a Christmas gift and certainly have never worn a new pair of shoes. Swahiba Youth Networks, a wonderful local organization that works with young people in Kibera, raised money to purchase the shoes from Kenyan shoe company, Bata. The shoe giveaway and celebration was called “Tabasamu,” meaning “smile” in Swahili, and included a dj, entertainment, snacks, and other fun activities for the kiddos. Here are a few photos to brighten your holiday as well. Merry Christmas!!

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To learn more about Swahiba Youth Networks, visit their website at