Founded in 1997 by missionary doctor 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.
Sharon Barlow Daly president of Mossy Foot Project Sharon was a baby when her family moved to Ethiopia. After finishing high school, she returned to the USA to attend college. At Westmont College Sharon majored in the social sciences then earning a teaching degree at California Lutheran University. She felt privileged to have a teaching career for many years. During this time she would frequently travel during summer vacations. Several times she returned to Ethiopia to visit her parents and friends. In 2004 her father, Dr. Nathan Barlow, M.D. was ill. The Dalys traveled to Ethiopia to be with Dr. Barlow, who had founded the Mossy Foot Project in 1997. That was a turning point in Jim and Sharon's lives. They met the people afflicted with mossy foot disease, also known as podoconiosis. That was the beginning of their involvement in the mossy foot work which is Sharon's passion.
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