Samaritan's Feet International

Creating a World With Zero Shoeless Children

aka d/b/a Samaritans Feet Of Hope; aka Samaritan's Feet   |   Charlotte, NC   |  https://www.samaritansfeet.org

Mission

Samaritan’s Feet serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.

Ruling year info

2004

CEO & Co-Founder

Mr. Emmanuel Ohonme

Vice-President & Co-Founder

Mrs. Tracie Ohonme

Main address

4808 Chesapeake Drive

Charlotte, NC 28216 USA

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EIN

14-1880905

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

International Relief (Q33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 1.5 billion people are infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil (World Health Organization, 2017). Shoes and socks are reported to be in the “Top 5 Items Needed” by students in school (Champions for Kids, 2015).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shoes of Hope

Shoes of Hope is Samaritan’s Feet overarching shoe distribution initiative both in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to bring a life-changing message of hope, love, and compassion to everyone we serve. Shoes of Hope distributions are generally one day events where our volunteers and staff welcome participants, share Samaritan’s Feet story of hope, wash their feet, and provide them with a new pair of socks and shoes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Caring Connection 2010

Office Depot Foundation

Eagle Award 2008

Coca-Cola Bottling Co.-Charlotte NC

Atayese-Humanitarian of the year award 2007

Pride Magazine

Charlotte Resident Improving the Area 2014

Charlotte Observer

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Samaritans Feet is to provide a new pair of shoes to 10 million children in need across the globe in the time-span of 10 years.

Before placing the new shoes on each child's foot, volunteers will serve each individual child by washing their feet and spending time getting to know them, encouraging them to do their best, and giving them a message of hope. Through this special act of service and by meeting a physical need, we believe that the shoes will become a tangible foundation of hope to a person in need just as it did for our founder, Manny Ohonme.

Our goal is that each child leaves with a new pair of shoes, hope for a better and brighter future, and the confidence and ability to do their best. We also hope, that through the humble act of washing feet, that communities will come together and work in one unified effort to better their areas.

Through a variety of strategic programs and initiatives, we work to serve as many children in need as possible. Through each of these programs, we partner with like-minded organizations, churches, and ministries that are located in the area we are serving. Because of this, we are able to have the community serve together and locate, to the best of our ability, the children that are in need the most. We want to have as much impact as possible in those areas.

Our programs include, but are no limited to:

- National Day of Service shoe distributions: Centered around Dr. Martin Luther King holiday weekend, Samaritan's Feet works with organizations to host shoe distributions across the U.S. and specifically in cities historically associated with the Civil Right Movement. These events provide an opportunity for diverse backgrounds to join together across this nation, symbolizing a unified effort of becoming the “Beloved Community” of which Dr. King dreamed.

- Back to School shoe distributions: These events occur from July - September when children are preparing for the new school year. Not only will children receive a new pair of shoes, they will also get a back pack with school supplies so that they are fully prepared and confident for the new school year. The goal of the program is to provide a framework for community collaboration in preparing students materially, physically and spiritually for the new school year.

- International Mission Trips: We host 15-25 international mission trips each year. During these 1-2 week-long trips, team members will travel to some of the most remote and poor-areas of the world and serve individuals with a new pair of shoes. In addition, we will partner with churches, ministries, and other non-profits to aid in other ways (tutoring, feeding programs, construction, job training, etc.), so that we can equip those communities for long-term success.

- Barefoot for Bare Feet: This initiative is vital to our ability to collect shoes and raise funds for mobilization and operation. Coaches representing high schools, city leagues, universities, and colleges have coached, managed, and made public appearances in their bare feet, all to raise awareness and funds for Samaritan's Feet. The passionate volunteers who make these events happen have been responsible for soliciting millions of pairs of shoes and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Through strategic partnerships across the world, our talented, strong staff team, and our network of donors and supports, Samaritan's Feet is built on a strong foundation of people and companies that believe strongly in the mission. With partnerships across the world, Samaritan's Feet is able to reach and invest in communities long-term.

We have had partnerships with U.S. government officials (attorney governors) and international leaders (including the President of Burundi) that work diligently with us to create special events that bring lasting changes to their communities. In some cases, our events can help with reconciliation efforts between specific areas. Samaritan's Feet has also partnered with numerous coaches and athletes (community leagues, school teams, college level, and professional) that use their platforms to raise awareness and funds for Samaritan's Feet. Often these people are leaders, influencers, and "celebrities" within their communities and can create a special movement of positive change in their areas. We've worked hard to build long-lasting relationships with numerous NCAA basketball coaches that have traveled internationally with us for shoe distributions leading us to be a charity at the NCAA's Final Four tournament several years.

Each staff member of Samaritan's Feet brings a strong business skill-set and vast knowledge of humanitarian relief. Our staff has ten years of experience planning and leading shoe distributions. We have numerous staff members that have over five years of experience organizing and hosting shoe distributions both internationally and here in the United States. Our Director of International Programs and Supply Chain brings a strong background in international logistics and coordinates the movement of shoes around the world all while building long-term relationships with international representatives that help that coordination. We also have a strong group of "super volunteers" that have participated and led numerous events and trips and bring a passion to all Samaritan's Feet events.

Over the last eleven years, we've created a strong network of donors and volunteers (both individuals and corporate-level). These invested people give thousands of hours every year at various Samaritan's Feet events and donate monetarily to make these events happen so that others can be impacted.

Since our founding in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has distributed over 7 million pairs of shoes across 108 different countries and 395 United States cities. We've worked with in-country organizations to deliver shoes in the following countries (please not this is not a complete list, but is an example of all the areas we've served): Honduras, Burundi, Haiti, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, South Africa, Morocco, Dominican Republic, and many more.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Samaritan's Feet International

Board of directors
as of 9/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Emmanuel Ohonme

Samaritan's Feet International

Term: 2003 -


Board co-chair

Tracie Ohonme

Samaritan's Feet International

Emmanuel Ohonme

Samaritans Feet International

Tracie Ohonme

Samaritan's Feet International

James Dixon

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Kevin Henry

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Rob Johnston

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Reggie Bean

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Jacqie McWilliams

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Henry Santos

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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