Hospices Tororo and Jinja – the Hard Things

Hospices Tororo and Jinja – the Hard Things
I've been working with Hospice Jinja for almost as long as I've been going to Uganda; I connected with them on my second visit, nearly 6 years ago. When Rinty opened up Hospice Tororo a few years ago, I started visiting there, too. In that time, I've seen some hard things. Things you just don't see -- honestly, things that really don't even happen -- in the US. Through it all, the folks of both hospices have kept their compassion, their love, their dedicat...

Mawanga, ROWAN, and the Ladies Co-op

Mawanga, ROWAN, and the Ladies Co-op
Last October, through a series of divine connections via Instagram, I got connected with ROWAN (Rural Orphan and Widows AIDS Network) in Mawanga. We established a women's cooperative there in the village, to teach women basic tailoring and make items for our Ndoto Project. That group has had a little bit of a rough start because our supervisor/teacher had a very busy schedule and they didn't get the training and supplies we were hoping for. BUT, Emily at R

What We Have Here Is a Failure To Communicate…

Have you ever been in the middle of nowhere? I don't mean the middle of nowhere like we usually say it here in the States. I just said it to someone on the phone last night, as we were trying to set up some remote radio equipment in our house. When he asked about wifi passwords and firewalls, I said, "Oh no, we live in the middle of nowhere. We don't worry about that." I live outside of a small coastal town. It takes me 15 minutes to get to the "oka...

When Storytelling Is Hard

When Storytelling Is Hard
I'm a writer, so people ask me all the time why I haven't written a book about my 5+ years and 10 visits to Uganda. Well... It's complicated! I usually say something like, "Storytelling is hard!" And any fiction writer will tell you that's true. (I did include a stop in Kampala in my first novel, which was fun to write.) But when it comes to my friends and the many people we work with in Uganda, it's a challenge. So much of what people write about A...

5 Amazing Places In Uganda

Winston Churchill called Uganda the "Pearl of Africa" because of it's beauty and natural resources. And it IS stunningly beautiful! The reality for her people, however, is extreme poverty and grindingly hard work. Our women's cooperatives aim to tap the global market in order to provide steady, living wages to the women of in the groups, as well as teaching them new skills. Your purchases with The Ndoto Collection allow us to con...

Why Should You Help?

Joy. That's the look on these ladies' faces. Pure joy. Why? Because it's pay day! These women, for the first time in their lives, are earning a regular, living wage. Let me repeat that - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES, they are earning a regular, living wage. Honestly, they are probably the first people that they know to do so, at least in their village. The Ndoto Collection's store is full of items made by the Mawanga and Namuwongo co-o...