I am so excited to be sharing this story with my readers. It is one that has been on my heart since I first discovered it.
Many of you have heard of Sole Hope. For those of you who haven’t, I would like to introduce them to you today.
This is not a ploy to get your money. It is a conversation starter to make you aware of what is happening, maybe not in our country, but in our world. It is to shed light on something happening to little ones who cannot help themselves. It is in hopes that you will tell others and share what Hope looks like in the form of human beings dedicating their lives to eradicate a seemingly insurmountable problem.
The following video contains graphic images that may be disturbing to some. Please use discretion when viewing and allowing young children to view.
The first time I saw this video it made me want to know more. I had never even heard of jiggers. I read everything I could on the Sole Hope website and blog. I have to be completely honest, I became physically sick while reading and watching what these children are enduring day in and day out because they lack something that I
often always take for granted. Shoes.
Asher, as a wife and mother of two (with a third on the way), decided she couldn’t wait for “someone else” to step in. She had to take action. That is how Sole Hope was born. One woman who had a choice either to ignore what she had seen or follow a calling to be a world changer.
I know for me personally, I don’t realize what my feet, or any part of my body for that matter, does until I can’t use it. Many of the children with jiggers in their feet are completely immobilized and confined to their home. Many don’t have parents or caregivers. Many will die.
This is a precious one whose foot is infested with jiggers. Gross right?! I beg you not to look away. This is about the size of one of my children’s feet. If this was my child, it never would have gotten to this point. I would have taken him to the pediatrician long before it was this bad. They do not have that option.
Now rewind. What if this child was wearing shoes. Not the latest athletic shoe, just enough of a shoe to act as a barrier between them and this parasite? What if this preventable affliction was expunged completely? What if you were part of that? What if you didn’t dismiss it with the thought, “Someone else will do it.” or “I already have my charities mapped out for the year.” Please hear me when I say that this is about so much more than money.
Of course they need financial support, but there are also many other ways that you can step in and make a difference in a huge way.
One way is by being a Sole Hope Ambassador in your area. Sole Hope Ambassadors are people who are pumped about Sole Hope and want to help spread awareness in their own community. This is a volunteer opportunity with perks. If you are interested and want more information click here.
Another way is by featuring these adorable shoes in your store, online, or by purchasing them for the favorite little ones in your life. When people ask you what they are (and they will), be ready to tell them.
You can also host a shoe cutting party. For more information, email Info@solehope.com or call 855.516.4673.
I know this is a lot of information. In an effort to allow you time to process what you have read and seen, we will continue the discussion tomorrow with a Q&A from myself, Asher and Drü. I asked the questions I most wanted to know and thought that you too would want to know. Questions like, “What sets you a part from every other organization with a heart for Africa?”
Make sure you come back tomorrow for the rest of the story and a downloadable PDF with useful information.
*all media was taken from the Sole Hope Facebook page. Go check it out. And while you’re there, click the “Like” button.
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This is the real deal. Asher and Dru are on to something huge, and it’s easy to be a part in saving the future for these kids. If you want to make a difference, a big difference in the lives of others, this is a great place to plug in. Check out the shoe cutting parties — Asher’s idea, design, and system where hundreds of us can help thousands of children for today and for generations.
Thank you for all of these suggestions Dale! You are so right. Though they need financial support, there are so many other ways to help.
Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂