Our History

 

“The community told me what they needed; I simply listened

 

and helped organize the larger pieces.”

– Paul Scoville, Co-Founder, A Barefoot Mile Foundation

Our history goes back more than a decade, and our successes have helped provide food, education, and needed resources to thousands of people. We believe strongly in our mission, and feel that, no matter how small an act, if it helps improve someones life it has value. We hope you take the time to learn a bit more about our past, but more importantly, we hope that you will join us in making the world a better place for those people who lack the resources to do it on their own.

The Peace Corps took me to Malawi in 2004, the determination and motivation from the village keeps me coming back year after year. We have been working within the same area since the departure from the Peace Corps. The community told me what they needed; I simply listened and helped organize the larger pieces.

This is still what we do. We listen to the needs directly from the people, see the organization that is already in place and then act only when asked and directed by the community.

“We push a little, you push a little” is the villagers mantra. For example, the library was designed, organized and constructed by the community itself, the only need was for an iron sheeted roof and cement. The foundation supplied the iron sheets and beams, the community did the rest. This is how every single project has been done. Everyone is involved, everyone has ownership. We do not pay for outside work; we utilize only local villagers if there is a need for specialty services. Almost all work is donated and materials are often the only expense.

– Paul Scoville, Co-Founder, A Barefoot Mile Foundation