A few years ago Drü
were like many young couples pursuing the American dream. Drü was managing a chain of coffee stores and Asher was building her photography business and taking care of their young children and
foster children. Committed, lifelong Christians- Asher’s father was a Navy chaplain and Drü’s parents were involved in overseas mission programs-the Collies have a heart for children in need. They have served as foster parents and were considering adopting an African child when Asher came across a YouTube Video on jiggers and their devastating impact on children.
“At first I tried to close off my heart and prayed that someone else would care enough to do something about this,” she says. But as she read more about this problem half a world away, she knew the Lord had placed a burden on her heart for these children who couldn’t defend themselves against an almost invisible foe. The more she learned online and during trips to Africa, the more she realized the solution was simple: closed toe shoes would protect children’s feet from jiggers. But knowing the answer and creating a solution were two different things. She took the first step, which was creating the pattern that is used at shoe cutting parties all over the world.
Drü supported Asher’s efforts, but wasn’t fully on board until he visited Uganda and saw the problem up close for himself. “The turning point for me was doing my first jigger removal and holding the foot of a child who was the same age as my own,” he says. “Suddenly it made sense that somebody had to do something about this-and we were that somebody.” - Julie A. Martens, life:beautiful magazine
WE ARE SOLE HOPE
A group of passionate, committed people who are putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time.
We are also holding medical clinics, providing education, and jobs for and with the beautiful souls in Uganda.
It all started with an encounter with a YouTube video--a video that broke Asher's heart, took us WAY out of our comfort zones, and led us to Uganda.
Along the way, we realized we could not only help African children live lives free from jiggers, but we could help African men and women by teaching them a trade—how to make shoes. And so we began.
Some of the ways we are helping in Africa is through our Sole Hope OUTREACH HOUSE and our GUEST HOUSE.
We now have a plan, a vision, and core values. We also have an amazing team of high-energy, crazy folks that love God, people, fun, and making an impact one vulnerable person at a time.
Connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.