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 ...

Be Led By Your Dreams

We have First World dreams: a new car, heat and a/c, a college education, a good job with lots of upward potential, sports trophies for our kids. None of these dreams are wrong, they're just a lot different than those of people living in the Third World. In Uganda, dreams are a bit more basic: Enough food for at least one meal a day At least a few years of primary school education for the children Clean water Enough money to ge...

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...

It’s Give Back Tuesday!

Meet Julius, in the pink pants. He lives with his grandfather (not shown). Julius is HIV+. When he gets sick, he has to walk to the hospital in Tororo. The hospital is at least 10 miles away. His family doesn't have the money for transport, and his grandfather is old. Hospice Tororo staff found him in the hospital and have added him to their roster so they can help him. We visited him in October, and the psycho-social staff gave him a photograph of ...

We Wish You a Blessed Christmas – and Thank You!

THANK YOU to all of you who have purchased handmade gifts from Uganda from the Ndoto Project! We are so excited with our limited edition launch, and look forward to a booming 2015. New products will arrive by the New Year, and we will be having a sale so that you can use all your Christmas gift cards for some great gifts that give back!...

The 12 Days of Christmas, Uganda Style

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A hornbill in an acacia tree On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Two crested cranes and a hornbill in an acacia tree On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Three ankole cows Two crested cranes and a hornbill in an acacia tree On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Four grunting warthogs Three ankole cows Two cr...