Little babe Sylvia at a school in Kenya in 2010
In a little more than 2 months I will be headed back out to Uganda. It’s my honor to lead a team of 7 people from my community here in Flag to Jinja. We are going to be working with SoleHope, which is an organization that promotes foot health…
You may be wondering what that means- and I wont go into the gory details but these parasites called jiggers burrow into the skin on the bottom of children’s feet and have to be dug out. This obviously causes a lot of pain and discomfort so it is very important to remove this parasite.
In partnership with the health aspect they also facilitate shoe-manufacturing using donated denim from the states that is cut and sent to Uganda to be made into shoes by local craftsmen. So not only do they have the health aspect but also resolve in offering shoes and empowerment to the nationals by using their skills to produce shoes that will be given to the children so there will be no more chance of the jiggers getting in there while working on a living wage. (Community building at it’s finest!)
I’m so excited to be working with such a holistic organization. As well as being able to bring people I love to experience Africa and tangible social justice while partnering with people who are invested in the long-term combat of jiggers and development of the community.
I am hoping to raise $2,299 t0 make this happen. This covers the cost of flights, medical equipment (Some of my awesome team are in the nursing program here at NAU and are very excited to use their knowledge to aid Solehope), a place to sleep, and transportation to and from the airport once we are in Uganda.
The thing for me is not necessarily the going and coming in the world but it’s the chance to develop the people in my everyday life. Facilitating experiences that encourage and call out gifts that may not have been awakened in the day to day. I’ve been given a platform here and I hope to use it to always bring out the depths of people’s passions and desires to be used in the fullest of ways and Uganda is just a step in that direction.
Please consider sending the good vibes and prayers this way in the order of health, safety and of course over the financial aspect of this trip. If at all you feel led to donate to make this happen I have a paypal link as well as a way to donate in a tax- deductible fashion here:flagstaffcommons.com you can add the amount, and my name in the memo boxes.
Thanks again for your continued support in whatever life has offered. Please let me know if you have any more questions on this or if you’d like more info on Solehope I’d gladly point ya in the right direction.
Christopher Karaoke & I – Kenya 2012