The Story of the Arise Africa Primary School

The Story of the Arise Africa Primary School
I did not intend to build a school. God did. On our third visit to Uganda, my daughter and I were horseback riding in Jinja. (If you're ever in Jinja, go riding! It's an awesome way to see the countryside, the villages, and the Nile.) As we rode by schools, kids would come pouring out to the road yelling "How are you fine? How are you fine?" While the school in the above picture is nice, most village schools (if there is one) are more ...

5 Reasons To Gift From the Ndoto Project

7.3% of the population of Uganda has HIV/AIDS, including this little guy's mother. His father died of AIDS. Ten Eighteen Inc. relocated his family to an area outside the slums of Namuwongo in September. The women in our Ndoto co-ops live with HIV/AIDS every day. When on ARV's (anti-viral medications), patients need to eat regularly and minimize stress. A regular, sustainable income achieves both of those goals. Uganda has over 3 million orpha...

Giving Tuesday – Gifts that Give Back

Giving Tuesday – Gifts that Give Back
Today is Giving Tuesday (and of course, there's a hashtag for that: #givingTuesday), and we are all about giving here! For those who are new to us, Ten Eighteen gives 100% - yes ONE HUNDRED PERCENT - of the donations away to our programs in Uganda. No administrative fees. No overhead. All giving. And we've been doing some awesome things lately! ONE HARBOR CHURCH in Beaufort and Morehead City, NC, did a giving campaign recently, and raised enough mone

Short Term Missions Opportunities 2014

Short Term Missions Opportunities 2014
 We have several short-term missions trips opportunities this year: ANDROS YOUTH CAMPS: In August 2013, we did a youth camp for about 40 kids in Mastic Point (you can see pics on the website and blog). We had basketball, soccer, outdoor games and VBS. We’re hoping to do TWO youth camps this year, one in late June in Nicholls Town, and one in either late July or early August in Mastic Point. It’s a one-week trip and includes some fun stuff, too. Last ye

I’m back from Uganda – Early!

I’m back from Uganda – Early!
I ended up having to return from Uganda early due to some pressing business issues (not Ten Eighteen). That was really a bummer... I hated missing the visit to Jinja, Bukaleba, and the party yesterday at Ray of Hope. Fortunately my son is still there, so he's carried out Ten Eighteen's commitments and done a great job. While I was there, I had a great time and great visits with many of our ladies. The weather was great -- not nearly as hot as the Februa

Making lots of progress!

Now that the Youth Camp is firmly in the hands of my program director, I turned my sites to the Uganda trip. I began to panic a little bit, because Zeke leaves on August 21, and that is really not that far away! I've made an appointment with the travel nurse for both of us to get our typhoid updated (every 2 years...yay) and get our malaria prescriptions. That's going to cost a pretty penny for Zeke's long trip, but it can't be helped. We've seen many peop...