My name is Jeff Githua. I am 19 years old. I am a victim of jiggers.
At the age of 2 years old, I was infected with jiggers and, as a result, my legs and toes are disfigured.
My change-maker project is to help kids and young people stand up and fight against jiggers. When a young person is infected with jiggers, it will negatively impact their life in many ways.
Jiggers are parasites that get into toes, fingers, ankles and buttocks. They are very painful.
A child with jiggers can't walk or sit well. Children who walk 1-3 kilometers daily to get to school, often miss school because of these infections.
Jigger infections are a result of sitting, laying down or walking on dirt. Poverty is the major cause of jiggers due to lack of hygiene. In a home where no one wears shoes, we often find that almost all family members have jiggers. This means that kids can’t go to school and parents miss work.
As a jigger victim, I wanted to find an answer to this problem in my community.
Once, when my family and I were going down the stream to fetch water, I found a plant by the river’s edge. I discovered that its leaves produced a substance that we could use to make soap. I showed the other children how to be use the leaves, to help them stay clean and avoid jiggers. Since being shoeless is a big part of the problem, I wanted to help with that. At the age of 9, I started making shoes from old, used, car tires. I gave them away free to the children of my community. I also helped the children to remove the jiggers from their feet, so that, they would be able to walk.
My campaign will focus on buying and making shoes for 500 people, including 200 children. Your donation of $5 will buy a pair of shoes for a kid. This will make a meaningful difference in a child’s life.
Many people take for granted the simple fact of always having shoes to wear, but in my town that is not the case. Please help me make a difference in my community.
Donate to my project and stand up with me to fight jiggers and become a change-maker.