On #GivingTuesday, INTREN employees across the country actively supported ‘Sole Hope’, an organization that provides shoes, first aid kits and education to fight the devastating results from a crippling parasite called jiggers in Uganda.
Employees donated jeans, money and their time by assembling first aid kits and cutting out shoe patterns. ‘Sole Hope’ employs Ugandan men and woman who then handcraft the closed-toed shoes, which help prevent jigger infestation for people who wear them. Currently, they make over 20,000 pairs of shoes per year!
Not to be confused with chiggers, jiggers are a small parasite that prevents kids from walking or running and adults from caring for their family. Many in Uganda believe that jiggers are a curse and often the infected become an outcast.
Thanks to ‘Sole Hope’, they are helping Ugandan people to become jigger-free and restoring their health and hope for the future, one pair of shoes at a time.
If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.solehope.org