I went to the coolest activity this weekend.
My friend Shari invited me to a Sole Hope party. No, they didn't sell shoes or anything like that...we MADE shoes for children in Africa, instead! How cool is that?!
Due to sand fleas (called jiggers) which burrow into skin and lay eggs, children and the elderly in parts of Uganda often have painful sores in their feet and eventually, if left unchecked, become unable to walk.
We brought clean, used milk jugs, old and worn out jeans and went to work. We chatted, ate chocolate and just generally had a great time while we kept our hands busy using patterns to cut out plastic and denim.
Asher Collie, founder of Sole Hope, explains it this way as she remembers her feelings when she first found out about the jigger problem. She already felt busy and overwhelmed. She wasn't ready for a project, but this problem kept nagging at her:
Finally, I made it personal...If this was my child, on the other side of the world, with very poor living conditions, and I was holding them as they were getting very painful jiggers dug out of their feet...and I knew that someone else saw a video of it, how would I feel if they closed their computer and said, "Well, that sucks for them," and did nothing.
There is SO much that I love about this organization!
I couldn't stay very long at the party on Friday, and I didn't really do anything life changing. I just helped cut up jeans and milk jugs. But these will be shipped to Uganda, taken to the shoemakers, and made into uppers for the shoes. Then, with old tires, the shoes will be soled and given to children. Through my friend Shari's efforts, in our little middle-of-nowhere town, we were able to help make 130 pairs of shoes for children.
That thought makes me smile.
If you want to learn more, and maybe even host your own Shoe Cutting Party, you can find more information at www.solehope.org.
Try it! It's easy!
Here is a more spiritual explanation of how Asher got involved. (Just the first half is unique. The second half is from the other videos):
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