Samaritan's Feet International was founded in 2003 by Nigerian born Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie for the purpose of sharing hope with the under-served and hurting people of the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and empowering them to believe that their dreams can come true.
Manny received his first pair of shoes at the age of 9 from a missionary. Those shoes allowed him to learn and play basketball, which ultimately earned him a scholarship to the University of North Dakota (Lake Region). Manny went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees and pursued a successful career in supply chain software industries. A simple pair of shoes and the kindness and compassion shared by this missionary changed the course of Manny's life.
The people of Samaritan's Feet believe that shoes are so much more than status symbols and fashion accessories. A new pair of shoes can be a symbol of hope and the source of life to a person in need. Samaritan's Feet shoe distributions are designed to both meet physical needs and inspire young people to believe in the value of life and service. These distributions are the outpouring of the Samaritan's Feet dedication to changing hearts and lives forever.
Our goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes in the next 10 years, and since 2003, Samaritan's Feet and our team of ambassadors have served an estimated 3.5 million individuals in over 60 countries.