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Students Collect Denim Donations for Uganda Shoes

This article appeared in a December 2016 issue of the student newsletter.

By Cheriesa Selman
North Lake News-Register Staff Writer

This semester, North Lake College has been collecting denim donations to put toward a collective effort by the Global Citizen Committee.

Professor Shani Suber, member of Global Citizen Committee, saw an incredible opportunity to impact how students view self, society and country and understand their perspectives collectively through Sole Hope, she said.

“Students’ local environment and actions impact people in other countries and it is important to learn about an emerging global community,” said Suber.

Sole Hope is an organization founded to help serve impoverished orphans and widows in Uganda from debilitating foot disease brought on by sand fleas called jiggers. These jiggers embed themselves into children’s feet until the child can no longer walk.

“This [is] my one place where I [can] give back,” said Briana Morolas, NLC student and volunteer for Sole Hope.

Working together, students and employees with diverse backgrounds have taken time to volunteer by tracing and cutting the patterns designed for the Sole Hope shoes from the denim donations.

After the patterns have been cut and collected, they are shipped to Uganda to be assembled by local shoemakers and tailors, using recycled tires as the soles of the shoes and an elastic band across the top.

The leftover denim scraps are weighed and donated to Blue Jeans Go Green, an organization that breaks down the denim and creates natural cotton insulation.

“We had over 200 volunteers throughout International Week and completed 370 pairs of shoes that will benefit widows and orphans in Uganda,” said Suber. “As Global Citizens, they are strong leaders with great abilities and skills that can strengthen communities beyond what they see.”