Harrells Christian Academy’s newly formed Student Ambassadors group has partnered with the Sole Hope Foundation to make and send over 200 pairs of upcycled denim shoes to clinics in Uganda, Africa who treat children whose feet are infected with a painful parasite called jiggers.
In a country where children must walk miles each day to get to school, shoes are of the utmost importance. The shoes made by Sole Hope protect the feet of Ugandan kids who do not have the means to buy shoes.
Harrells Student Ambassadors is a special group of 4th and 5th grade students who come together to tackle community service projects of greater depth and scope than might be possible as individuals or in short-term settings. Their mission is to explore Christ’s call to serve “the least of these.”
All the cutting that was involved in making 200 pairs of shoes was “inspiring,” says fifth-grader Carson Gooden of Elizabethtown.
“When I learned about the way those kids in Uganda are in need, I felt good that we could do something to help them,” Goodson shared.
Fellow classmate Elam Moore of Harrells reiterated those words.
“When our scissors start to wear out, we get to see how much work we did,” Moore said. “I want to do this project again—tons of times!”
Sole Hope, based in Salisbury, establishes and runs jigger-treatment clinics in Uganda and gives out durable but inexpensively made shoes to Ugandans in need.
Founder Asher Collie says, “Jiggers are not like any other parasite. The health implications and social stigma that comes with them is crippling to those affected by them. We believe there is hope for the problem of jiggers in Uganda, and the way Sole Hope makes a difference is by helping the ‘next two feet’ at a time become jigger free and remain that way.”
Anyone interested in hosting their own shoe-making party for Sole Hope can find everything they need at www.solehope.org.