My name is Divkaran and I am the founder of Shoe4Two, a social advocacy initiative that seeks to leverage the emergent interest in sneakers by helping low-income students create appealing and saleable sneakers through customization workshops, self-expression training, and craft kits.
I believe that self-expression can take various forms - some people enjoy art, while others prefer to express themselves through music. There are several artistic channels that people explore as a way to showcase their feelings, experiences and their aspirations. I believe that fashion is one such channel, especially shoes.
Today, children and teenagers are conscious about making sure that what they put on their feet is just as impressive as what they wear. We often don’t pay much attention to the utility of shoes - for those from affluent backgrounds, they have the luxury of owning shoes for different occasions, but for those who aren’t, that single pair of sneakers can hold an immense amount of significance.
A sturdy pair of shoes can see a child through a day of classes, play and travel, and most importantly, give them the confidence to go through their day with dignity, knowing that their feet are taken care of.
With the aim to marry fashion with a social cause, I founded Shoe4Two (www.shoe4two.com
). As part of the project, we have developed the following unique offerings:
- Shoe4You Curriculum: A 5-chapter curriculum developed to help children express themselves creatively.
- Workshops: Online workshops with children from underprivileged backgrounds, to walk them through designing and customizing shoes, as an exercise in self-expression
I have partnered with ToyBank, an NGO to conduct the above-mentioned sessions. ToyBank is an organization in India that promotes the Right to Play for all children. It provides a platform for all individuals of all ages to participate in this movement of propagating the Right to Childhood.
Please donate to this fundraiser as the money will go towards building shoe kits which will be delivered to ToyBank to distribute amongst the children who they work with. Once every student has received their kit I plan on holding sessions on zoom using my original curriculum on creativity and expression.
Donate now to help underprivileged children explore their creativity and hone their skills of self-expression and art!