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Since 1998, Shoeman Water Projects founder George, the Shoeman, Hutchings has made a mission out of alleviating human suffering. Personally, George has visited Kenya repeatedly, shipping a sizable quantity of supplies including 21,000 meals for orphans, $2 million in medical supplies, dental labs, neurosurgeons for pediatric facial reconstructions.
In August of 2008 George began Shoeman Water Projects to specifically focus on clean drinking water. In his decade prior travel to Kenya he had discerned that without clean water, all other aid would be a momentary stop-gap. From August of 2008 through June of 2011 Shoeman Water Projects has collected over 1.5 million pairs of shoes that have become affordable shoes for those in need of projection from abrasions and deadly parasites as well as clean drinking water.
George P. Hutchings, 64, of Ballwin, Missouri aka “The Shoeman” is an adventurer, visionary and one heck of a funny guy. In 1994 George founded Eagle Wings Ministries a 501 (c) 3 charity dedicated to humanitarian and educational opportunities.
As sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, George was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in Vietnam. Put in a body cast and evacuated in a rope litter on a C-130 transport plane, George’s plane stopped to refuel in Alaska. During the stop a nurse covered the immobile soldier with a blanket. After the horrors of combat, George was struck with gratitude for this small gesture. It was at that moment his world view began to change.
After graduating with a Masters from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary of Fort Worth, Texas in 1980, George officially began a series of humanitarian services. His efforts are now best expressed through Shoeman Water Projects.
George developed a truly unique way to make the water run. He started collecting donated shoes, and sold them to an exporter who in turn sent them to street vendors Chile, Kenya, and Haiti. The funds generated in 2008 were used to purchase 3 water-drilling rigs. Between August 1, 2008 and June 2012 four water-drilling rigs have been delivered to Kenya. Three were donated to “Water for Kenya.” Numerous water purification systems have been purchased and distributed in Kenya and Haiti. With more than 2 million pairs of shoes collected since 2008, the organization is bringing clean water to an estimated 200,000 souls.
George retired from Shoeman Water projects in 2014, but the work carries on!