2016 Caring Award Winners

Awardee Profile

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    Emmanuel Ohonme

    Adult Caring Award Winner

    Getting Kids on their Feet

    Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

    Year: 2016

    Our legacy should be created based on what we do for others. We will never know the impact of the ripple effect of our actions and obedience if we sit on the sidelines as spectators.

    Emmanuel Ohonme

    Founder, Samaritan's Feet

    Manny Ohonme has taken giant strides to provide children with shoes. He learned the difference they make at age nine when a missionary in Nigeria gave him his first pair of shoes and told him to dream big. That gift of hope inspired him to win a scholarship to a U.S. college and start his own technology business. He had climbed the ladder of success, but he never forgot the Good Samaritan who urged him to follow his dreams or the children of his homeland. On a visit there in 2003, he saw barefoot children, and their plight inspired him to start Samaritan's Feet, an organization that has distributed five million pairs of shoes to children in 65 countries. Someday he hopes to give shoes to 10 million children, so each year, he holds a "Barefoot Gala" to get people involved in his cause. "Our legacy should be created based on what we do for others," he tells them. "We will never know the impact of the ripple effect of our actions and obedience if we sit on the sidelines as spectators."