Rosenblum: Children's shoes ready for Congo. Can you help?

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 24, 2013 - 12:04 AM

Albert Nyembwe has found himself with big shoes to fill.

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swmplsmasterNov. 24, 13 9:06 AM

I appreciate the generous thought of Mr Nyembwe but this is why we have trusted, established organizations. A charity isn't just an idea. It requires end-to-end planning. Soliciting donations with absolutely no idea how you're going to deliver them just doesn't make sense regardless of great intentions. Find an organization known for honest and well-run operations and donate where the track record indicates good results.

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dalliciousNov. 25, 1310:34 AM

Sangonini, mbote, Monsieur Nyembwe. Kids in DRC will so much appreciate quality shoes. Congratulations on collecting so many! I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree with the previous commenter. Each of us does what we can, in the way that we uniquely have the ability to do. It can be infinitely more effective to collect and deliver independently...so you can personally ensure integrity and also avoid paying 9-30% of your donation towards a non-prof's administrative and marketing fees. Especially in a country like Congo, where it's unfathomably difficult to get anything to the people. Every effort we can make is essential. I brought cash for an orphanage in Kinshasa and school supplies, 100 pairs of glasses and $2k of medical supplies to a rural clinic in Equateur-DRC in 2010. After returning to the US, I discovered Airline Ambassadors, an org which may be able to bring your shoes to Congo! (They're a non-profit formed by airline employees which transports supplies in cargo holds of flights to developing countries.) If I were you, I'd google and contact them today! BTW: I'm returning to Bas Congo in early 2014. Contact me through Gail if you'd allow me to bring some of your shoes to "my" kids in Bas Congo. :o) Either way, I wish you all the best! Bon chance, Dallas Johnson

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gailraeNov. 25, 1311:07 AM

Thank you Dallas -- how great to hear from you, especially in this context! I will make sure that Albert sees your message. Best always, GR

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andreatzDec. 1, 13 6:48 AM

Another organization that may be able to assist in the transport is Books for Africa in St. Paul https://www.booksforafrica.org/index.html. There would be an extra fee for disinfecting the shoes, but they may be able to add them to a container of books headed that way. I am from Minneapolis but have lived in Tanzania for the past eleven years - if you have any contacts in TZ perhaps we could link with you. Much luck to you, Andrea Wall

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