Sole Hope: One Step at a Time

The Evening United Methodist Women’s group has taken a mission journey to Uganda by providing one sole step at a time. They have traced patterns and cut up blue jeans that will be turned into shoes. The shoes help protect against the infestation of jigger larva that bury themselves into bare feet of children and adults. Community members find health in wearing the shoes and meaningful work as people are employed as tailors and assemblers. These shoes, made of blue jeans and tires, protect against disease, create jobs, and transform lives.

The Evening Circle still needs a few more 100% cotton jeans. They can be gently worn and they can set patterns around any small holes. In addition to shoes, families are also being taught how to clean their homes (which may have been infested) and how to safely and antiseptically remove larva from their feet. The biggest need right now is JEANS and help tracing patterns.  If your hands don’t feel like cutting, the ladies can take care of cutting. They could also use surgical gloves, cotton balls, medical tape, and gauze for use in removing the jiggers as the shoes are given out. All supplies can be dropped off at the church office. If you would like to help trace patterns onto the jeans and/or cut the fabric once the patterns have been traced, contact Karen Babitzke at 622-9662 or email Financial contributions cover the cost of shipping, employing shoemakers, thread and elastic used in the shoes and medical supplies. Thanks to the Genesis Sunday School Class and UMW members for their financial contributions to help end this disease in Uganda. For all donations use code WCQBYM66F (for Sole Hope) on the memo line of your check made out to PSUMW.