"May the spirit of our ancestors be a constant guide that ushers us to new heights, that make way for audacious achievements, for the betterment of our people."
- Tammy Darmel Moore, Founder of Footprints in Africa
We hit the ground running hard with every intention to finish the month strong, and we did exactly that. In addition to adding a new member to our team, Addisalemn "Addis" Habtamu from Ethiopia as a feature writer, we also implemented our latest initiative Igniting Dreams, where Footprints in Africa is committed to being a conduit of helping dreams come true. As if that wasn't enough, we participated in our first vending event, and we patronized
four new independent business owners and artisans in Africa (Kenya, Morocco & Senegal). We also planted firm roots in Kenya by partnering with JusTea (supporting Kenyan Black Farmers) and sponsoring several Thrive Gardens (providing more than 12,000 meals a month). A robust month indeed, but o'so worth it. Read more to learn about our Igniting Dreams Initiative and its first recipient.
*Coming Soon: Addis, born and raised in Africa, expresses how he feels most take for granted the Motherland's name without truly knowing how the term Africa came about.
"There are some things that we took for granted, but we actually do not know the details. Of them, one is the NAME OF OUR CONTINENT-----AFRICA!!!" - Addisalemn Habtamu
We're bringing light to a dark area for most living in poverty-stricken communities in Africa, and that's helping make the pursuit of dreams possible. To do so, we're randomly sowing seed into individuals in Africa with an obvious gift, talent, or calling; that's undoubtedly stifled due to lack of financial means.
Note, we are very well aware that this initiative won't reach the masses of those in Africa, but we believe it's still well worth it for the number of individuals that will reap the benefits. And remember, light propels; it bounces and projects on the people and things around it, often resting in place for an extended period of time. Just perhaps, others will indirectly benefit as well.
Our first recipient of Igniting Dreams is Lamin Sabally, from The Gambia. Follow us on all social media platforms as we continue to share Lamin's musical journey.
Soles for Africa
Do you know that something as simple as shoes makes a world of difference to those living in remote areas of Africa?
Shoes are essential to humans as a whole, but consider those living in remote areas where parasitic diseases are common. Going barefoot in these regions can lead to illnesses caused when parasites infect the unprotected feet, which can debilitate or cripple children and adults, leaving them unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, shoes are often in short supply or unaffordable for people in these regions, leaving them vulnerable to easily preventable diseases.
Because of such, Footprints in Africa’s Soles for Africa project is in full affect, and runs throughout the Spring (4/3 through 6/30), and we need your shoes. Can we have them? If so, drop them off at one of our Community Partner locations. Please be mindful of the days and times that each of them is accepting donations.
613 Boutique LLC
2400 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Unit G.
Greenville, SC 29609
Accepting Donations During Business Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sixpence Salon and Spa
1241 Pendleton Street
Greenville, SC 29611
Accepting Donations During Business Hours: Please call, hours vary.
Changing Your Mind Ministries
9 Beth Drive
Greenville, SC 29609
Sundays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sponsor a Mingi Child