As a part of our Sanctuary’s end of year celebration, it was decided to support the charity Sole Hope – so we hosted a Shoe-Cutting party along with our Chai, Chant & Treats evening!
Sole Hope not only helps Ugandan children live lives free from jiggers (a terrible parasite which not only cripples them but also has health implications as well as social stigma)… they believe the way Sole Hope makes a difference is by helping the “next two feet” at a time become jigger free and remain that way. Sole Hope also helps Ugandan men and women by teaching them a trade — how to make shoes which helps them earn a fair wage as well as achieves the making of the shoes that go on the feet of the children treated.
Sole Hope’s Mission: Offering HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief. Check out their website – http://solehope.org/
The party celebration was attended by a small group of enthusiastic participants, and as we cut up old denim around the stencils provided, marked the sizes on and pinned altogether with toe and heel reinforcements, we chattered and enjoyed the heart filled gift of giving – a lovely reminder this is what it’s all about at this time of year.
The benevolent spirit meant we had 16 pairs of shoes to send over to Kenya along with $119 donated from others who supported our intention and vision. A deep bow to those who embraced this idea and gave with such willing open hearts.