Somehow I ended up at Mindy Roger's blog, "Ink and Paper Heart | writing my life line by line, one day at a time". I'm so thankful I did. I love the way she writes and what she writes about. It was there at her blog that I read about Sole Hope, an organization that exists to offer "hope, healthier lives and freedom from foot related diseases through education, jobs and medical relief."
On her blog, Mindy wrote:
"Sand fleas (commonly known as jiggers) burrow into the cuts on their little bare feet and lay their eggs.
These egg sacks grow and feed off their hosts. If not removed, the jiggers paralyze and ultimately kill the infected children...
It is preventable.
If you are like me, you feel too small or too busy or too unequipped to help.
If you are like me, you are going to love what I am about to tell you:
THERE IS SOMETHING SIMPLE THAT YOU CAN DO
TO HELP SOLE HOPE STOP THIS PROBLEM.
If you can trace, cut and safety pin you can help Sole Hope prevent this needless suffering.
Sole Hope relies on people like us to provide the materials for their shoes.
Using donated denim jeans, people like you and me trace shoe patterns, cut them out and pin them in pairs.
Theses pairs are then mailed to Sole Hope's office in South Carolina and then to Jinja, Uganda where local shoemakers create closed-toe shoes.
These closed-toe shoes are then distributed at jigger removal clinics where jiggers are removed, preventative information
is provided and homes are sprayed with insecticide that kills the jiggers and their eggs.
When I realized that small, busy, unequipped me could do something,
I was inspired to bring Sole Hope to the people in my life."
I knew God wanted me to do something. I emailed some friends with Mindy's posts about Sole Hope and asked if this was something we could do! The response was exciting and we already have guests/volunteers (21 and counting), a date (October 3), a location (a school) and a second hand store that will help with jean donations!
We're just getting started with our Sole Hope Shoe Party! Or I should say, God is just getting started!