Green Eyes in Africa

Green Eyes in Africa

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Green Eyes in Africa


If you are concerned you should contact them directly:

I found this on their website:

They Can be reached by:

Email at info@greeneyesinafrica.org or, write to:

Green Eyes in Africa

1831 Fort Union Blvd. STE 210

Salt Lake City, Utah

84121


I had a quiet visitor today from Green Eyes in Africa. Someone quietly slipped up on my porch & taped a message- stapled to a plastic bag to my door & walked away.


The page read, "We don't want your money just your unwanted shoes". African relief effort, shoes of all sizes & conditions needed. Please put your unwanted shoes in the bag provided in plain site by 9:00 am & we will stop by tomorrow morning rain or shine to pick them up. We turn your unwanted shoes into relief for those in need. Thank you! There is something you can do! (In very small print at the bottom of the page was the name) Green Eyes in Africa 501c Fed Id 321-338730




I was very moved by the hands on approach of the idea we can do more to help even if it is only giving our out grown unwanted shoes. Not by long words or even persuasive lingo but by action they have made a loud impact on me. Someone who is making a difference not just saying they want to make a difference. They didn't bang on my door to beg my support like so many people do wanting my money for this cause or that cause making me feel guilty about sitting in my nice comfy home. Someone who is out there doing it, making the world they live in better one step at a time.


I was astonished that someone was so unselfish now days & would take their time to help out people they will never see nor meet in their lifetime. For the sake of others give up their time to walk the streets & tape a piece of paper to the doors in some small chance they could return the next morning to a bag filled with gently used shoes to send to Africa. I thought to myself how perfectly human, unselfish & touching to say the least. This person took the time to care for someone all the way in Africa. Someone, chances are they will never even see.


I had to learn more about this Green Eyes form Africa. I of course went on line & here is what I found once I found the web site, which I was glad was there so I could learn more.


Green Eyes in Africa, They are a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and loving impoverished African orphans. Their mission started with two green-eyed brothers, Patrick and Ryan Hansen, who were determined to make a difference. Ryan lives in Africa to ensure that all funding is used properly. Patrick runs the "business" side of things in the USA. Neither brother receives a salary for what they do. 100 percent of donations go straight to those who suffer.

Their important mission is underway at the New Hope Orphanage, a center in Yaoundé, Cameroon where they care for orphans, the blind, and those suffering from AIDS. They believe that every child deserves a childhood, especially in Africa, where children are forced to grow up too early, often in traumatic ways.

Here is a little more about the founders of Green Eye in Africa.

PATRICK HENRY HANSEN founded Green Eyes in Africa with his brother Ryan in 2005. Patrick is a successful Utah businessman, father of five, and active in his role as the spokesperson for Green Eyes in Africa. Patrick lived in South Africa for two years, and the causes and issues concerning Africa are close to his heart.

"I've seen the realities of harsh poverty in Africa. It is something you never forget. I feel a responsibility to help those who suffer in Africa. It's not something I can walk away from. I have a passion for making a difference since I've seen first-hand how unfair life can be for Africans, especially children," Patrick said.

RYAN OLIVER HANSEN lived in an orphanage in Ecuador for seven months in 2004. There, he realized that his degree in TV Journalism from the University of Utah could be used for greater things than reporting city traffic and weather. Upon returning to the US he felt the call of Africa, and followed his heart. He moved to Africa in September 2005 and lives at the New Hope Orphanage. He plans to stay there for the rest of his life.

"There's no way I could ever leave Africa now. These children are connected to my heart and soul. They're my best friends and my inspiration in life. One would think that they're the ones who benefit from our time together, but the truth is that they teach me and inspire me more than I could ever do for them. I've found the secret to happiness in Africa, I've 'lost myself in the service of others' and there's no going back," Ryan said.

BRANDON LEWIS spent considerable time volunteering in Africa and grew to love the African people and culture. He's passionate about finding ways to alleviate the suffering of African children. He was instrumental in raising the funds required to create the New Hope Orphanage. As a successful businessman, Brandon brings organizational insight and effective fundraising management to Green Eyes in Africa.

"Brandon stepped in and saved us when we thought we were not going to make it. The children of the New Hope Orphanage owe their health and happiness to his generous intervention during a time of crisis," Ryan Hansen said. To read even more about the Board of Directors go to their web site Green Eyes in Africa.


I come away from this day being more thankful for what I do have, where I do live & what I can do to help out in the world around me. I am of course looking through my closet, my son's closet, my daughter's yard sale bag that has been in storage for months & plan to ask my hubby about his shoes tonight when he gets home.


I will have a bag of shoes ready for someone in Africa by the time I leave my house at 7:15 am in the morning, I will help when & where I can, not because I have to but because I want to as a fellow person I feel obligated to do something, anything is better then nothing.


If you get the chance go read Mama Sharon's Blog it is a true blessing to read her blogs, she gives a good glimpse into the life they live there every day things we take for granted they don't even have such as a kitchen table here is an excerpt from one blogs:

March 18, 2008 - Mama Sharon Hansen's 2nd Blog

Food here is primitive in nature, very simple and lacking in variety and complexity. Adrienne makes a large pot of something each day on the propane gas fueled stove...a chicken stew, boiled plantains (sort of a cross between a banana and a sweet potato), today it will be some sort of fish, last night we had a rice dish with bits of carrot and vegetables in it, the day before a creamed vegetable dish called ndole ( pronounced on-dough-lay), which Ryan loves but I found to be bitter, another day meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce with bits of onion and pepper. She is a good cook and everything is prepared completely from scratch with primitive tools...no blender, no chopping tools, no whisks or rubber spatulas, the huge iron pots are heavy and wonderful - of course, no electric frypan to fry the plantains, she does a good job with what she has. No kitchen table or chair - she squats on a small stool and peels or chops into a large tub at her feet, usually outside while she chats with John. And that is the meal. It is actually supposed to last for 2 meals - this main one and then the smaller one again at 7ish so portions are small. No salad, no bread, never a dessert, no "side" dishes...water is the drink of choice...no juices, no soda, one glass of milk a day ( powdered) at breakfast. Breakfast is the milk with two sugar cubes in it and a roll with margarine from a tub. They pack another roll with Nutella on it as a "lunch" snack to take to school - no hot lunch at school, of course. An orange is a treat, or a fresh mango - twice in this week only did I see them have fruit. I made them a tuna salad over the weekend when Adrienne is off and the tuna reminded me of cat food in it's appearance, smell and texture. I added lots of fresh tomatoes and lettuce, the mayonnaise here is close to ours so it was a pretty good salad. Another meal they loved and asked Mama Sharon to make again was plain old pancakes...real butter ( you all know me and my butter!) and syrup with a fried egg for each of them...they ate until they were full and satisfied. We've had pancakes twice now and several times I've scrambled some eggs or made omelets...so one of my tasks before I leave is to revamp their meals to bring their nutrition status up - more fresh green veggies, more milk, more fruit.


Thank you Mama Sharon! We are all connected simply because we are all people. We all breathe, we all dream & we all need each other from one time or another. Just because I can not change everything in a day with one pair of shoes does not mean I shouldn't try to help change something anyway.


I am reminded today how much I can do. It doesn't cost anything to donate some thing I no longer need. It doesn't take much time or effort to help. I will do more to help in the future because I feel if more people would take the time to care for others we would all be better people for it. I will take this little paper & pass it to my friends here who may be able to call the number to help as well.

Thank you for your example of service Green Eyes in Africa! May God bless the little children you are helping & may they pass it on in their future to others in need. Thank you & God bless you & your efforts everyday! I pray that people will share this story so it can help your life efforts grow into some thing bigger & better than you have ever thought or dreamed possible.

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pcjunkychick 6 years ago from OKC Author

Anyone who wants can also take their unwanted shoes to a local thirft store for local donation as well. Good Will~ Salvation Army etc all except unwanted items.

Thank you Heather :) I hope you have a great day!


Heather Moore 6 years ago

Thank for alerting me to this Hubpage. We do indeed have a third party fundraiser that collects used shoes for our organization Green Eyes in Africa. We certainly apologize if your shoes were missed. Their drivers do an excellent job picking up shoes but certainly there are times that they do not see the bags on your porch. If your shoes are missed please email unwantedshoes@greeneyesinafrica.org and yes they will ask for your address. It would be impossible for them to pick up your shoes without this information. Please know that we understand that there is fraud rampant in our society. We appreciate people verifying the legitimacy of any charitable fundraising. However, please do not post here trying to inform us that your shoes were missed. We do not use this page for that purpose. If you have other questions about our organization please feel free to email me at heather@greeneyesinafrica.org. Regarding the post above, please note that we are not affiliated with any church or specific religion. We have had many different faiths do some wonderful fundraising for us and we so greatly appreciate their contributions. Thank you to all our donors. Have a great day.

Heather Moore

Green Eyes in Africa

heather@greeneyesinafrica.org


Mary 6 years ago

For those of you who are posting on here for pickup of shoes, it says on the flyer, if the shoes are not picked up contact them at unwantedshoes@greeneyesinafrica.org and they will set up a time for a pickup if you supply them with an address. I sent them an email and they DID reply. They probably don't look here since this is NOT their website.


rfalkow@sbcglobal.net 6 years ago

please do not tape your shoe request to painted surfaces. When the homeowner pull the notice off, some of the paint comes with it. Maybe a metal surface or the doorknob would be a better.

Rhoda


Bailey 6 years ago

They're your old shoes so who cares if this might be a scam. If it's not your helping kids in Africa. Take a chance.


Kari 6 years ago

Nice charity...but please don't tape information to a person's door with cello tape. It ruins the paint job by pulling off tape!!! Thanks!


Elise 6 years ago

Well I didn't see any definitive comment as to whether the flyers on the doors were a scam, so I contacted "Green Eyes in Africa". Looks like it is NOT a scam. Here's the response I got back:

Thank you for your inquiry. We do indeed have a third party fundraiser that collects shoes for our organization. We appreciate the time you have taken to investigate the legitimacy of this fundraiser. Please visit our website

at www.greeneyesinafrica.org for more information about our work in Cameroon!

Heather Moore

Secretary - Green Eyes in Africa


yiep bulkoch 6 years ago

kool i am from sudan plzz's me to see that AS i am 102 and i have cancer and i dont have jong to live and in my last weeks i just wanted to see stuff liike that


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pcjunkychick 6 years ago from OKC Author

If you have concern about who ever is picking up shoes in your area you can email Green Eyes in Africa directly or write to them at:

Email at info@greeneyesinafrica.org or, write to:

Green Eyes in Africa

1831 Fort Union Blvd. STE 210

Salt Lake City, Utah

84121

However, they out source so I do not know how you would check your specific area. If you have concerns simply do not donate your old unwanted shoes. I for one think it is a very small thing that could make a huge difference in a life. As some have stated my old shoes would have ended up in a land fill so I feel this is a much better idea in the end. Thanks for all your great comments & have a great day everyone.


Jillian 6 years ago

Donate directly to Green Eyes and not to this shoe drive. Something is fishy about it all. I too want to help but I do not want to be scammed. Why is there no phone number? Too many VERY red flags.


Sherlock Drive 6 years ago

we have shoes waiting for you at Sherlock Drive cross Street

Tully Road. These shoes were soppose to be picked up yesterday. It is not only one house. Please pick them up.


Rachel 6 years ago

Our San Jose CA neighborhood was populated with these flyers this week, and I am equally concerned/suspicious about the use of "unwantedshoes@gmail.com" rather than a direct email or telephone number for their organization. Could it be a spoof?

In any case, the organization "Green Eyes in Africa" itself is legit, it seems to be a matter of semantics about where the shoes actually go / to what end they are collected. I would guess that they aren't shipping the shoes over to Africa but indeed reselling them in the US and sending relief money over...? It doesn't make sense to take a bunch of ridiculous silicon valley wives' "oh so last year" party shoes and send them to housewives in camerooon. Know what I mean?


Maggie 6 years ago

Apparently Mary Anderson cares more about her messed up community than she cares about helping the less fortunate. Must suck to be her.


Susan 6 years ago

I am giving shoes in good faith hoping they find their way to these children. If anyone knows otherwise, I would like to know that and contribute in a way that sends my help directly to the children that need it so badly.


Sissy 6 years ago

Just the info I needed to know. Bag was taped to my front door today. I will stuff it full. It was interesting to read that a part of their work is in Cameroon, Africa. I have an international student from Cameroon living with me. She is a junior in a local university studying Engineering Physics and has a 4.0 grade average. I will be asking her to consider donating a pair of shoes. That will be a real gift from her because she loves her shoes.


Danny 6 years ago

I also got the note and plastic bag.

However, I was unsure to the "reliability" of some random person sticking it to my door.

I wanted to get the info about the charity.

I am glad to say I will be putting a pair of my old nikes I haven't worn in about a year or so.

Thanks for this post.

Hope it helps....


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pcjunkychick 7 years ago from OKC Author

If you are concerned you should contact them directly:

I found this on their website:

They Can be reached by:

If you would like more information please use the form below, or email us at info@greeneyesinafrica.org or, write to:

Green Eyes in Africa

1831 Fort Union Blvd. STE 210

Salt Lake City, Utah

84121

I feel they are doing a great work & I am happy to see anyone help who can. Even if one life can be better it would be worth the efforts. Thanks for all the comments guys :0) Have a great day.


pcd 7 years ago

I have concerns similar to Alan. Received the same message, which asks that you send an email. I did that, and received an automated response requesting that I send my street address by return email. I won't do that without being in touch with a person first, and asking more questions.

I have not found a phone number at the Green Eyes web site. May take the shoes to another location.


Alan 7 years ago

I STRONGLY suspect, actually, I'm convinced, that whoever left a similar message on our door are not part of Green Eyes for Africa and are instead running a scam to make profit. They leave no phone number and they leave an email address of unwantedshoes@gmail.com whereas Green Eyes for Africa uses info@greeneyesinafrica.org. Don't fall for that... Find a better way to help people who are in real need.


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pcjunkychick 7 years ago from OKC Author

For direct questions or further information please feel free to go to their website: http://www.greeneyesinafrica.org Thanks for your comments & have a great night :)


ann R 7 years ago

Sounds great, but I too am skeptical. How can we be sure that the shoes are going directly to the needy and not to a for- profit organization?

Also, is this fund affiliated with any church or faith-based group?

I feel strongly about supporting only secular organizations. Some charities have a very heavy proselytizing component.


joe blow 7 years ago

I am un-trusting. Skeptical? Yes. That too. Can we be giving without expecting honesty?


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pcjunkychick 7 years ago from OKC Author

http://www.greeneyesinafrica.org/page/1627

You can copy & paste their website in your browser to go there directly and they have an email link I believe so you can ask them any questions you like. Have a great day :)


Andie09 7 years ago

I have a few concerns. I know of the organization Green eyes in Africa. My childrens school has done a fundraiser for them and I want to support them in any way possible. But I am concerned about the shoe drive. I have heard it is being done by a group called Itex who collects the shoes and then sells them for profit with only pennies on the dollar being given to Green Eyes. I was under the impression the shoes went to Africa, directly to the people in need. What is the actual story on this? The 877 number belongs to this organization. We received the same flier and all of my neighbors have packed up their shoes and left them outside. My two young daughters even purchased new shoes with their babysitting money, and left them out. Not sure what the scoop is. I want to help Green Eyes but not some company who is actually working for themselves.


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pcjunkychick 7 years ago from OKC Author

you can click on the link above to their web site to reach them. I simply wrote this a hub about them because I think it's a really great cause. I have no affiliation with them at all though. Thanks for your comment & let me know if I can do anything else to help :)


aarti 7 years ago

thank you ryan and you all there for what u r doing. am nothing without the love of my parents and thinking about those children left alone. wat they will eat,drink or wear. their small eyes just asking for little love n care.seeing the orphanage gift n green eyes i just kept crying, thank you for saving their lives. and always be there for them as a mother,father, friend and a brother. god bless you all, help you in your mission


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pcjunkychick 7 years ago from OKC Author

Thank you so much! I believe deeply in your cause, your organization is wonderful! What an honor it is to have you read my hub I am humbled~ you are to kind. God bless you for your wonderful & much needed work. I speak for a lot of people when I say your work has not gone un-noticed. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you :)


Ryan Oliver Hansen 7 years ago

Thank you so much for commenting on our organization! What an honor it was to read what you said. I can assure you that you are right--we are a good organization and we are making a difference. I take great pride in our honesty and effectiveness. God bless you for sharing the message--if only all people had your heart!

--Ryan Oliver Hansen

www.GreenEyesinAfrica.org


drama queen 7 years ago

nice hub u should continue!!!

and ur life will be great!!!!!!!!!


lola 7 years ago

nice job and ur a nice man!!!


ilrslr3 7 years ago

I too received a bag on my door, went on line to do some research, and on further review I will do what ever I can to support Grren Eyes in Africa. Instead of throwing your unwanted shoes away, DONATE them, knowing some little kids feet will be warmer or procted will give me and my family a peace of mind.

God Bless the Hansen brother's as well as Brandon Lewis and all who donate:-)


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pcjunkychick 8 years ago from OKC Author

That's great.

I believe every little bit helps.

A small world we live in :)

Have a great day!


Erica 8 years ago

these guys left the bag and note by my door today. plan on leaving lots of shoes!


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Thank you for such a well-written inspiring hub :) I enjoyed it immensely and you have a new fan!


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pcjunkychick 8 years ago from OKC Author

Thank you so much for your warm welcome it is much appreciated :)

yep I agree simple yet very effective.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Great hub pcjunkychick, welcome to hubpages ;-)

Indeed a very nice way to help. I specially loved the way they contact people: simple but effective!


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pcjunkychick 8 years ago from OKC Author

Thank you

You are so very welcome :)


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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

That's a nice hub about a lovely-sounding charity.

I've never heard of them before, thanks for telling us about them!

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