Battle for the Boot is a shoe collection competition that supports the efforts of Shoeman Water Project in providing clean water to developing countries. Saint Louis University has competed in the competition for the past three years. Most recently, the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium took on the challenge of coordinating Battle for the Boot.
What is Shoeman Water Project?
The Shoeman Water Projects sells the donated shoes by the pound to distributors who then send them to developing countries like Kenya, Afghanistan, Haiti, Panama, and Guatemala to sell affordable footwear. The Shoeman Water Project uses the revenue from the shoe sales to drill for wells and install pumps and purifiers for clean drinking water.
Damon Hall, Andrea Burr, and Nicole Schaeg
As sustainability science researchers in the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University, a Jesuit institution in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, we were spurred to reflect upon our own efforts by the recent series of articles in Ecojesuit that advanced the transformative dialogue on sustainability science and values.
Water is a fundamental source of life. Yet, 780 million people currently lack access to clean water. This poor access causes millions of deaths and debilitates economic production.
Lack of clean water is also a gender-equity issue because women often bear the burdens of finding clean water, which leaves women little opportunity to do anything else. Providing clean water is a public health, economic, and social justice issue. We need leaders willing to address this issue. Are you in? A public health education at Saint Louis University is a good place to start.