The Mossy Foot Project is dedicated to providing mossy foot patients in Ethiopia with life-changing support through education, prevention, medical treatment, vocational training, and a message of eternal hope through Jesus Christ.
Founded in 1997 by doctor and missionary Nathan Barlow, The Mossy Foot Project applies a holistic approach to the treatment and eradication of podoconiosis and the care of those afflicted.
Mossy foot is a disease that manifests itself as a massive swelling of the feet and legs. Its common name describes the appearance of the skin that becomes very rough and bumpy and changes to look like moss. The scientific name for this condition is podoconiosis, from the Greek words for “foot” and “dust.” Podoconiosis is a non-infectious type of elephantiasis (swelling of the leg). In … [Read More...]
The impact of mossy foot disease is far wider than the health issue that presents such a visible need. Hundreds of women have been abandoned by their husbands as a result of the stigma associated with this disease, leaving them with no means to live and support themselves and their children. Due to a generous…[Read More...]
Last summer, seventh grade students at Westminster Christian School in Miami, Florida, read Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein. This book chronicles the story of how a teenage boy's efforts are bringing hope to AIDs orphans in Africa. Through this reading project, the students were challenged to research missions projects and consider how kids can make a difference. One ministry they looked at was Mossy Foot Project. Fast forward to April and seventh-grader Christian Martinez could … [Read More...]
Wearing shoes is a critical component of the healing process for people with mossy foot disease. But finding shoes that fit the patients' swollen feet is often impossible. Making custom fit shoes is a key part of the ministry of the Mossy Foot Project in Ethiopia. The process of making shoes begins with acquiring the necessary supplies in Addis Ababa. Purchases are made and brought back to Soddo and stored, and then used as needed. Typically, trips to replenish supplies happen every three … [Read More...]
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