Sole Hope Parties Give Guests the Chance to Make Shoes for Ugandans

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Sep 27, 2015
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At these unique parties, guests sip on cocktails, mingle and chat and re-purpose their old jeans into shoes for Sole Hope, an American charity working to give shoes to Ugandans.

Sole Hope works in Uganda to provide shoes to those who can't afford or don't have access to them, in hopes of protecting against bacteria and pests that attack bare feet. In the process, Sole Hope aims to teach Ugandans the trade of shoe-making.

Sole Hope party hosts purchase a shoe-making kit from Sole Hope based on the size of the party they want to host -- they can be small, friendly gatherings or large public events. The kit comes with all of the information and supplies necessary for invitees to create DIY denim shoes. Guests can bring their own used jeans, or they can be purchased from Goodwill or from Sole Hope itself.

After the party, the shoes are sent to Sole Hope's workshop in Uganda, where they're finished by trained Ugandan shoemakers and then distributed to the community.