We didn’t start out to build a playground… we didn’t start out to have an outreach house… we didn’t even start out to have a guest house…. We just had a place to start. So we started.
Once we were on the ground in Uganda a few pieces started clicking into place and we started to find our way to making a difference. Daily clinics, foot-washing, shoe drops, educational conversations with caretakers and children made sense. The big struggle was what action do we take when a child is so affected by jiggers they need SERIOUS treatment… like a few days of treatment.
While we were considering how we could treat these children the answer came to us… literally.
Here is an excerpt from from our personal blog that tells how that answer came…
Today was a tough one here in Uganda. Asher received a call from our friend Kate who was in Kamuli (One of the worst jigger areas of Uganda). She said she had three bad cases of jiggers and was wondering what she could do about them.
After sending Asher a picture of what she was dealing with it was clear that these children needed serious help. Asher and Kate came up with a plan to get the children, their father, and a local pastor the long journey from Kamuli to Jinja to the Sole Hope compound.
The answer was… we would bring them to us.
Over the past 9 months over 100 children have stayed with us at the Sole Hope compound in what we started calling “The Outreach House”
These children usually need 1-3 days of jigger removal, 3-5 days of healing, medication for gangrene and other infection, education on how to shower and use a toilet, and education around how to prevent jiggers from returning.
The Sole Hope team started dreaming with volunteers and others about what else we could do for these children during their stay at The Outreach House. A playground was on our dream list and thats where The Weisberg Foundation came in.
Not only did they fund a playground (that is getting a TON of use) they funded bunk beds and mattresses for the children along with mosquito nets to help prevent malaria!
The final thing we do before the children after we give them Sole Hope Shoes and they go back to their villages JIGGER FREE is give them a “Foot Health Kit” which includes
- Water Basin
- Scrub Brush
- Safety Pins
- Razor Blades
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Instructions on how to sterilize pins and remove jiggers
The Weisberg Family Foundation has funded 300 of these kits that will go into 300 households to help keep them jigger free!