How Not To Help

How Not To Help
With our upcoming move to Nicaragua, I have joined several Facebook groups of expats living in various parts of the country. Since I've been back from Uganda, there have been several US news outlet reports of various churches preparing "food aid" and sending it to Nicaragua. One church in Charlotte actually prepared 55,000 (yes, 55 THOUSAND!) packages of food. And I get it. I really do. It seems like a good idea. The youth can get involved. We're helping.

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 ...

Why I’d Move To Uganda

I would. Really. If my husband said, "I think we're supposed to go," I'd probably be packed in 20 minutes. OK, a couple of hours, because I'd have to do laundry. Let's just say FAST! Why? Here are some reasons: Amazing stuff, made with love and skill. Craftsmen and women who take pride in their work. These guys. These smiles. Ingenuity. The food. Oh my gosh, the food! The kids. The joy. This face! Monkeys in th...

Why Give Gifts That Give Back?

Have you ever noticed how generous most kids are? I don't mean littles who are fighting over a toy, or some sort of innate "goodness." But kids love to give gifts, and don't understand the concept of "not giving too much." They'll give it all and then some, if they think it'll make you happy. We lose that as we get older. We begin to count the cost of gifts. We look for "perfect" gifts. We second guess ourselves. Giving a gift that truly gives back ...

Why We Have No Administrative Expenses

Why We Have No Administrative Expenses
Ten Eighteen has been, throughout our 5+ year history, about the work. If you haven't been to a Third World country, I encourage you to go on a short-term missions trip. One thing that you will quickly learn is HOW FAR your money goes. For the cost of a vente latte at Starbucks, you can feed a family for a week in Uganda. Because we've had a small budget, and we have other businesses, we've chosen not to run any administrative costs or salaries throu...

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