I found out about Sole Hope almost three years ago at the Allume Conference. I was first drawn to the Sole Hope table by their super cool t-shirts. I know…super shallow but man am I a sucker for a cool t-shirt. They also had some type of pattern cutting kit that you could purchase to make shoes for kids in Uganda. What the what!?!?! I could cut fabric anddddd help kids in Africa!?!?! Sign me up!!! But the more I talked to the volunteers, I totally fell in love with more than just their t-shirts and shoe cutting kits. This organization totally took hold of my heart right there in that hotel lobby!
Sole Hope is a non-profit organization with a focused effort in Uganda to battle the problem of jiggers. Jiggers are sand fleas that burrow into the feet of thousands of Ugandan children who often live their life without adequate footwear. The result is infection, gangrene, paralysis, and occasionally amputation and even death.
I bought a shoe cutting kit, (and a t-shirt) and left the conference. At home, I watched the video that was included in my kit with my kids, did a little Sole Hope research online, and then put the kit on a shelf in my sewing room where it sat for the next two years. Life happened, work happened, family stuff happened. That kit sat through two years of life and many many sewing room clean ups and purges. I have gotten rid of A LOT of stuff over the past couple of years but something wouldn’t let me get rid of that kit. The beginning of this year, I started following my heart and I started really praying. The ask, believe, receive kinda prayers that Mama Terri told me about. I prayed for several months that God would help me find a place where I could plug-in and help. Children’s Impact Network had become a huge part of my life. Then that kit caught my eye. I pulled it out and spent the next few hours pouring over the Sole Hope website, online videos, and cutting shoe patterns out of my old jeans. Turns out their State side office was only 45 minutes away from my house!! Since that day I’ve started volunteering with Holly and Mamma Terry at the Sole Hope office, became a Sole Hope Advocate for North Carolina, and have starting hosting shoe cutting parties!
Now I get to work around all those t-shirts! (insert evil laugh here)!!!
and her mom…Momma Terri!!!! Love them both!!!
Just a couple of weeks ago The Nester texted me and asked if I wanted to host a Sole Hope shoe cutting party at the cozy minimalist get together at the barn!! UMMMMM YES!!!! Nevermind it was going to be my FIRST shoe cutting party, nevermind I was totally unprepared, never mind I was scared out of my mind!!!!! YES YES YES I will be there…. and guess what!?!? It was the best day ever!!!!
We hung out at the barn!!
We made new friends.
We took lots of photos of each other!
We looked at beautiful imperfect things.
We walked around the property!
(I had no idea she was hiding this much wood!!!)
We hung out in her house!
We visited the locust tree!
and then we cut shoes uppers for Sole Hope and the children of Uganda!!!!
The shoes uppers we cut from jeans will be sent to Uganda and than assembled by impoverished women; primarily widows and ex sex workers. The sole of the shoe is made out of recycled tires! Sole Hope then pays a fair wage for these shoes and places them on the feet of needy children after foot washing/jigger removal clinics.
It was a mighty good day.
If you would like more information about Sole Hope visit their website here. If you would like to order a shoe cutting kit and have your own party click here. If you live around the Charlotte area and would like for me to come to your home, office, or where ever you can gather friends and host a shoe cutting party or just give you more information about Sole Hope just contact me up there at the top!! Oh and if you want to check out those super cool tshirts I was talking about click here!!!!