Clarks in India
A representative from Clarks Shoes, leading shoe manufacturer and retailer, is visiting our Mumbai clinics this week to learn more about clubfoot treatment in India. He visited this family who have a young child with clubfoot being treated in a miraclefeet-funded clinic. As you can see from the photo, they live in a basic house and have a lot of children to take care of. In an area where parents often have trouble providing basic necessities for children that are perfectly healthy, having a child with a disability can be devastating. Clubfoot often goes untreated because families simply cannot afford treatment. The child becomes a social and economic burden. Often he or she cannot attend school because they cannot get there. The child is not valued because he or she can only perform basic chores and has little hope of being a contributing member of society. In addition, families who have children with disabilities can be ostracized because their child is considered “cursed,” so these children are hidden away and spend much of their time in solitude.
Providing free treatment to children like this one, gives families a renewed hope that their child will lead healthy and productive lives. His parents are proud to show him off to the community and look forward to their child’s future. miraclefeet’s work goes well beyond just treating clubfoot. We restore dignity, hope and transform the trajectory of the life of a child and often the entire family.