If you think Uganda is far away, think again. Residents at four ECS communities have had Ugandan children on their minds as they gather to trace and cut patterns out of denim for the Sole Hope project. The sets of denim pieces are later sent to Uganda, where local workers use them to make shoes for children. In this region, those who don’t have shoes experience a high incidence of debilitating foot infections that prevent them from living active lives. In addition to providing shoes, Sole Hope partners with local medical teams to treat the infections caused by jiggers and mites, and to teach families the basics of wound care and how to disinfect their homes.
“It’s fun to get together and do something to help kids. In this case, we don’t even have to leave home and we enjoy some good fellowship in the process,” said Canterbury resident Lucille Poole. We learned about Sole Hope from Ruthanne Miller, a resident at St. John’s Manor in Costa Mesa. The project was piloted at St. John’s but quickly spread to other ECS communities, including The Covington in Aliso Viejo, The Canterbury in Rancho Palos Verdes and Casa de los Amigos in Redondo Beach. Find out more at www.solehope.org.