I've spent the morning cleaning up for a good cause. Last night ten amazing women came together to chat and cut for a good cause. Last month at Allume, I had the chance to participate in a shoe-cutting party for an organization called Sole Hope. They turn jeans and milk jugs into shoes for children in Uganda. No they aren't TOMS. They are way cuter, see?
But the thing is, they aren't just giving kids shoes for the first time. They give them to kids whose feet have been infested with jiggers, a parasite that digs into feet and in-between toes and multiply into very painful sacks. Not only do they give them shoes, but they also provide medical care to remove the jiggers and educate them about foot washing and prevention. The saddest part for me is that so many people in Uganda think these infections are caused by witchcraft. And it's just not true. So by curing these kids, the myth can be dispelled. And that my friends is an open door for the gospel.
So after emptying out my closet and getting donations from family and friends, we set out last night to make sets of shoes that will get sent to Uganda to be sewn by locals. An extra perk of this organization? A fair wage is paid to locals. It's a win win for them and an all around good time for us.
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31 pairs of shoes. 3 hours. I'd say that's a great evening.
Check out Sole Hope's website. They are currently trying to raise money for a full-time nurse in Uganda. If you are looking for a way to get involved, check out their site on Pure Charity. If you want to host your own shoe-cutting party, you can get details on their website or let me know! I'd love to share how easy it actually is!