Caring souls send soles to Uganda

by | Jul 23, 2015 | Latest

By Nancy Whitney

Staff Writer

[email protected]

African children will soon receive 140 pairs of size seven shoes thanks to a girls camp sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Shoe kits, including the shoe cutout and soles, were constructed by 160 girls ages 12-18 from North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Sachse, Wylie and surrounding areas June 10 and 12.

Shoe patterns were provided by the charity, Sole Hope, and were constructed from pieces of discarded denim, the heels were made out of plastic folders. The kits will be shipped to Uganda and turned into shoes by local shoemakers and tailors. Soul Hope not only provides shoes to children in need but also employs Uganda residents in the shoe factory.

According to Carrie McMurdie, public affairs media specialist for the church, as part of the project, the girls learned that the primary purpose of the shoes was to prevent jiggers, a very painful condition caused by chigoe fleas of sub-Sahara Africa which can burrow into the skin of the feet, lay eggs and multiply, damaging tissue and causing infections.

“The victims of jiggers often endure social stigma and shame that can cause them to hide the problem rather than seek help,” McMurdie said. “Although the condition itself is not fatal, the infections and other secondary complications can lead to the loss of toenails, digits and even death.”

McMurdie said the shoes that are being constructed are very durable. “Sole Hope has one story on their blog about a boy who had a severe case of jiggers and his shoes lasted five months,” she said.

Participant Lydia Shumard said she thought it was cool the shoes were for toddlers.

The girls were excited to send shoe kits to Uganda, and many girls have expressed interest in continuing to make kits after they return home, McMurdie said.

Sole Hope is a nonprofit company founded by Dru and Asher Collie. The organization has teamed with Uganda shoemakers to provide African children with shoes. Their core purpose is to effectively put in place preventive methods to combat diseases that enter through the feet and to create a positive physical and spiritual difference in the lives of individuals in impoverished communities.

For more information on Sole Hope or how you can help visit solehope.org.

 

 

0 Comments

Related News

East names Tony Benedetto head football coach

East names Tony Benedetto head football coach

Tony Benedetto was approved as the new head football coach and athletic coordinator at Plano East.   Benedetto previously spent three years in the same position at Woodrow Wilson High School, where he went 18-13 with back-to-back playoff appearances. He was also named...

read more
Residents wait for board decision

Residents wait for board decision

Hurry up and wait. The old military adage is often used to describe a situation where an individual must complete a task by a specific time, only for nothing to happen at that time. This is the situation in which many Murphy residents who spoke against a proposed...

read more
Collin County holds hazard plan public hearing

Collin County holds hazard plan public hearing

If the winter storm last year proved anything, it pays to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. Collin County Assistant Emergency Management Specialist Randall Gurney presented information about the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a Wednesday, Jan. 12...

read more
Voter registration deadline coming soon

Voter registration deadline coming soon

Texas Secretary of State John Scott reminds all eligible Texas voters to ensure they are registered to vote before the upcoming deadline. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming March 1 primary race is Jan. 31. "Registering to vote in Texas is easy and...

read more
Board hears TAPR report

Board hears TAPR report

The effects of the pandemic continue to have an impact, especially when it comes to standardized testing. In Plano ISD’s case, data was collected and the district said it still performed above average, but it took some extra explanation as to the metrics of the...

read more
Police searching for suspect

Police searching for suspect

Murphy Police have been busy trying to track down the suspect that attacked a 16-year-old male around 8:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Rolling Ridge Monday, Jan. 17. Police Chief Chris Chandler reported that the teen had been exercising in the area by Liberty Ridge Park...

read more
Profane merchandise prohibited at city events

Profane merchandise prohibited at city events

Murphy City Council considered an ordinance prohibiting certain merchandise from being sold in the Jan. 18 regular meeting. Many Murphy residents were upset that merchandise containing profane language was on display at a vendor booth during last year’s Maize Days...

read more
WISD dedicates Williams Center

WISD dedicates Williams Center

There was action on and off the court Tuesday, Jan. 4 as the Williams Center was officially dedicated by Wylie ISD. The center was built with funds secured in the passage of the $193.7 million WISD bond in May 2019. Of the total bond amount, $87 million was used for...

read more
COVID-19 continues to surge

COVID-19 continues to surge

Health officials reported the highest single day COVID-19 case count last week with more than 1 million infections. A total of 1,082,549 new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, Jan. 3, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The large number of new...

read more
New electoral maps take effect Jan. 18

New electoral maps take effect Jan. 18

Following the 2020 Census, the Texas Legislature completed the important task of redrawing the electoral maps to be used over the next decade. Three new laws are set to take effect Jan. 18 following their approval during the 87th Legislature. House Bill 1, which sets...

read more