It all starts with washing feet.
Perhaps that is a bit of an over exaggeration– of course there has to be more to the story. It all starts with a vision, and like all visions, it’s simple: I need to be a part of the change that is desperately needed.
For Sole Hope, it started with Dru and Asher Collie realizing that jiggers, a small sand flea plaguing much of Africa, were a simple (albeit overwhelming) issue with a fairly simple remedy: find villages with jiggers, wash feet, remove jiggers, treat wounds, gift shoes, spread hope and love.
Jiggers burrow into the soles of human’s feet, as well as in their knees, hands, elbows, and more. They can live their entire lives in a human host, laying eggs, eating, and dying all inside the human flesh. While the jiggers themselves are painful, the burrows they dig leave open a gaping hole for infection, which leads to a variety of diseases that can include death. Moreover, in some villages of Uganda, jiggers are thought to be punishment by witchcraft, and are an object of shame. Because of this, many people try to hide their jigger infestation, which prevents treatment and healing. Unsanitary treatment of jiggers can lead to HIV infection/AIDS. Sole Hope aims to eradicate jiggers in Uganda, Africa.
What started as a seemingly simple vision developed into a huge, thriving organization called Sole Hope. Not only is Sole Hope actively healing feet and hearts, it provides jobs for locals who learn to craft the shoes made out of blue jeans and recycled tires. This innovative, compassionate organization is a catalyst for change in Jinja, Uganda. For more information on how you can help, whether by donating, hosting a shoe cutting party, shopping on Amazon, or visiting Uganda, click here.
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