Building Hope with Sole Hope
Is it just me or is there a huge influx of charitable brands popping up everywhere lately? I absolutely LOVE it and I am so happy to do my best to get the word out there! When we think of charities, there are the obvious ones…cancer, AIDs, PTSD, ending hunger, etc…but there are so many others that don’t seem to gain as much awareness as they should. I’m so happy to see organizations coming out to address these issues, and I am extremely happy to introduce Sole Hope! Created by founders Drü and Asher Collie, Sole Hope works to provide shelter, food, education, medical assistance and shoes to children in Uganda to end the epidemic of jiggers. Jiggers are parasites that lay eggs in bare feet, which leads to horrible infections, paralysis or even amputation once those eggs hatch. In order to make these shoes, Sole Hope takes donations of many kinds, including old denim, plastic bottles, any shoes, or monetary donations. Sole Hope encourages anyone to host collection parties through schools, churches, or any other civic-minded group, or even shoe cutting parties (packets are available on their website) to cut the materials needed for Ugandans to sew the shoes, also creating jobs to help care for their families and create pride for their skills within their communities! How amazing is this? In addition, Sole Hope offers internship opportunities, the ability to sign up for recurring donations every month, opportunities for Sole Hope speakers to attend your event or function, donations through Amazon, an opportunity to become an advocate, and many more ways to get involved.
Sole Hope also has a full shop for men, women, children, and general merchandise to help support the cause.
We believe in addressing the very real and present problems associated with the feet through medical intervention as well as taking preventative physical measures.
Education: We believe that education of the youth and their caretakers is essential for long-term solutions.
Sustainability: We believe in supporting communities and teaching the trade of shoe making. We innovate and demonstrate solutions that combine the best of indigenous and contemporary practice to create sustainable skills and employment.”
Drü Colle was a manager of a coffee store chain, while Asher was an aspiring photographer, building her business while caring for their children, both biological and foster. Asher’s father was a Navy chaplain and Drü’s parents were involved in overseas mission programs. This Christian family always had a heart for children in need, and while Drü and Asher were considering adopting an African child, they discovered a YouTube video that brought to life the reality of jiggers and their devastating impact on the children of Uganda. Sole Hope was soon founded, and they haven’t looked back since! It warms my heart to see the love being poured out by individuals hosting events to help out the organization through numerous hashtags on Twitter.
Here are some of the items available in the shop! There are so many more items for you to show your support wherever you go.
If you live in the Nashville area, there is a shoe cutting event on October 24th! Click here for more details if you’d like to attend.