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

October Team Trip To Uganda – Details!

October Team Trip To Uganda – Details!
My trip in October wasn't supposed to be a group trip. Not that I'm necessarily opposed to group trips, although I'm so used to going by myself or just with the kids that I'm a little spoiled with the ease of the whole thing now. Rather, it just sort of evolved out of casual conversations with a local missions-minded pastor and an old friend whose daughter just really wanted to go with me to Uganda. Voila! I had a potential group! Here are the details, ...

Team Trip Coming in October!

Team Trip Coming in October!
I didn't intend to do a group trip, but it just happened. God works like that sometimes. Right now, we have 3, but there's a good possibility of a half dozen or so more, thanks to a new local ecumenical initiative I'm involved with called First Flight Missions. (More about that in a later post!) I haven't done a group trip since 2013 (my own kids don't count!) and I've never done a team that didn't do a camp, so I'm excited to see how God will map it all o...

Ndoto Project’s New Ambassador Program

Ndoto Project’s New Ambassador Program
These ladies are the core of our Namuwongo co-op: Peace, who makes jewelry; and Mary and Agnes, who are the lead seamstresses. They LOVE their Ndoto Collection tees, because they know they are part of a team. They know they are using their skills, and learning new skills, that will help them pull their families out of the slums and out of grinding poverty. That's what the Ndoto Project is all about: helping widows in poverty in Uganda to help themse...

7 More Every Day Sights in Uganda

I was going through my photos while I was creating a blog post for Ten Eighteen, and I just had to share some more photos of every day life in Uganda. After 9 trips, I'm used to these, but it still makes me laugh! I call these the "wide ladies." ALL the women's clothing is set up on these mannequins with huge hips, because that's what Ugandans like. CAN YOU IMAGINE this as a marketing device in the States?! Eggs on a bike. LOTS of eggs on a ...

5 Every Day Sights in Uganda

Termite mounds. Lots and lots of termite mounds. Baboons and other monkeys. In October, I saw an 18-wheeler brought to a stop by a troop of baboons, who then played on the hood. That was one unhappy driver. We also had a Kindle stolen by a baboon... True story. Crazy scary building practices. I mean... crazy. Scary. This picture is a two-fer, for numbers 4 and 5: First, we have the giant storks. When I first saw them, I thought th...