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...

At Least It’s Warm in Uganda

Ok, we don't have snow where I live... yet. I'm at the coast, and we almost never get snow, although we had 3 snow/ice storms last year, one at exactly this time. It is, however, FREEZING. Twenty-three degrees with a windchill of twelve. Yesterday, with 30+ mph winds, our windchill was five. We may get ice, which I really hate... Which brings me to this forecast, courtesy of Accuweather.com: This is what next week looks like for me - and I co...

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 ...