December 11, 2007 at 09:18 PM EST

A few weeks back, we let Taylor Hanson guest blog on Hollywood Insider, and he used the opportunity to promote a cause near and dear to the band’s heart: AIDS in Africa. Since then, a lot has happened and many thousands of miles have been traversed. After taking to the streets (barefoot) in several U.S. cities, the sibling trio recently returned from Africa and provided us with this exclusive report:

Our second trip to Africa was again an eye opener. It was such a fulfillment of our mission to encourage action to see thousands of shoes be delivered to children in need. We were all struck by the daunting sight of five-year-olds whose feet were calloused and covered in a small lifetime of earth from the miles walked each day. Thankfully for many, that is no longer the case. Thank you to everyone that has helped fight poverty with TOMS, giving 50,000 pairs of shoes, and to everyone who is helping fight AIDS by purchasing the tune Great Divide… simple actions are changing the world. — Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson

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