YES! We would be thrilled to hear from you! Shoeman Water Project' foundation is built upon volunteers. Please check out our volunteer opportunities on our volunteer page. We are also thrilled to have individuals approach us for intern opportunities; if you need an internship, we will most likely be able to accommodate you!
We're glad you asked! We never want to complete a project and then just walk away. Each water project includes a post-completion maintenance plan. This plan identifies how the water infrastructure will be maintained, as well as identifying the responsible party. Being proactive about how a project will be sustained s crucial to eliminating water poverty.
Never say never! The projects we are currently working on happen to be in the Latin American countries, but that does not mean we don’t consider projects in other parts of the world. We want to eliminate GLOBAL water poverty!
The Shoeman Water Projects’ team has a ‘toolbox’ of materials to help you be as successful as possible! We customize to the needs of your organization. For access to our toolbox, give us a call. We will also be happy to visit your organization to do a presentation about our projects and educate participants about the difference they can make. Historically, presentations increase the number of shoes collected. We’re ready! Just give us a call! (636) 751-8197
SWP strives to make a positive impact on our earth, by keeping usable shoes out of our local landfills. But when shoes are beyond their usable life, finding a recycle option isn’t as easy as it may seem. Shoes are comprised of many different materials, which make them difficult to recycle. The recycle industry focuses on single material recycling. SWP continues to search for a process that will accommodate recycling ‘trash’ shoes
In order to generate funds to support operations and to fund water projects, we sell the shoes that you donate to exporters. Currently we have relationships with exporters who provide shoes to Africa, Panama, Guatemala, Belize, and the Ukraine.
This is a difficult question to answer, because there are so many moving parts to the process. Used shoes are considered a commodity, paid by the pound and therefore, their value changes with the changes in the global economy. We can confidently tell you that the SWP team works diligently to reduce expenses, to improve processes, to increase revenue and drive as many dollars to water projects, as is possible.
It is difficult to capture a ‘one- size-fits-all’ answer to this question. There are many considerations that go into defining the cost of various water projects. (i.e. geographic location, project infrastructure, country terrain, new project vs. repair project, subject matter experts needed for project, is the ground dirt, clay or rock, political climate, etc.)
For those of you who know George, know that he has worked tirelessly for many years bringing clean water to those in need! George’s heart, energy and passion to provide clean water has brought health to many. In 2014 George retired. We wish him good health and happiness as he enjoys this next chapter of his life!