A Conversation with Manny Ohonme

Manny Ohonme has achieved international recognition as a philanthropist, businessman, and author.  He's the founder, president and CEO of Samaritan's Feet, founder of Sole Purpose Ministries, and author of Sole Purpose. Manny was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His life was changed by an aid worker who gave him his first pair of shoes when he was nine years old. Those shoes became a Symbol of Hope to Manny and a catalyst to his love for basketball. He came to the United States on a basketball scholarship and earned a degree in Business. He became a success in the field of technology, but never forgot the act of the Good Samaritan who changed the course of his life with a pair of shoes. 

Inspired by the events in his own life, Manny and his wife, Tracie, founded Samaritan's Feet, a nonprofit organization, in 2003 with the purpose of sharing hope with those in need by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them to believe that dreams can come true.  To date, Samaritan's Feet has become a community of over 100,000 volunteers who have joined together to make a difference in the lives of children in need in every corner of the world. More than 7 million impoverished children and adults in more than 70 nations have already been served by having their feet washed, receiving a new pair of shoes, and hearing a message of hope.

 

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