James 1:27 - "to visit the orphans"
The first Shoe Mission to the Republic of Moldova took place in 1999 when a church-affiliated team of volunteers traveled to Moldova to offer shoes to 10,000 children living in the orphanages. The team witnessed frostbite marks on the orphans' hands and feet due to lack of proper winter attire. Since then, CERI has sent multiple teams of volunteers from the U.S. to distribute shoes, socks, gloves, hats, and scarves to all 20,000 children living in the orphanages.
Shoe Mission: What you need to know
Requirements: All participants must have a valid US passport good through June 10, 2018. (No Visa is required). All members must be able to, at a minimum, handle their own luggage.
Recommendations: The CDC recommends all visitors to Moldova ensure that they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip, including: MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella), DTP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis), Varicella (Chickenpox), Polio, the annual Flu shot, as well as Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A can be transmitted through contaminated food or water in Moldova.
What to expect:
- Schedule: Teams will work long days, sometimes from before sunrise until after sunset.
- Weather: Highs of 39 degrees and lows of 20 degrees. There may be snow and ice.
- Clothing: Clothing should be comfortable and layered to accommodate both inside and outside temperatures.