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Most teenagers are into selfies and social media during their free time, but Adison Culver of Pendleton is into serving the children of Uganda. 

The 18-year-old Daniel High School graduate spent a month this past fall in Jinga, Uganda – her second time in the African country – working with the nonprofit group Sole Hope.

Sole Hope’s mission is to treat and prevent foot diseases in Uganda. The organization holds treatment clinics for those whose feet have been infested with jiggers, which are small parasites that burrow into skin and cause pain. Sole Hope educates them on the importance of foot hygiene and care and aims to outfit local villagers with shoes.

Adison’s first visit to Uganda was with her father in 2018, but this time she made the trip solo and spent a month as an intern learning the ins and outs of what Sole Hope does on a day-to-day basis.

“I have been working alongside Sole Hope for 6 years, since I was 12, stateside, and passionately believe in their mission to end jigger-related problems in Africa,” she said.

During her recent trip, Adison served as a photography and graphic design intern, taking photos for social media and promotional work. She hopes to make photography and graphic design a career as she gets older.

Adison plans to go back to Uganda, hoping to make the trip annually. She wants to use her gifts to change the world for the better.

“I think that I went this time at the most perfect time, because I know that I am at an age where the next few years could change my life's course to go south or north – in other words, life can change like crazy,” she said. 

In the future, Adison wants to go into ministry work, but right now she is enjoying her photography and growing her business.

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