5 Reasons To Gift From the Ndoto Project

7.3% of the population of Uganda has HIV/AIDS, including this little guy's mother. His father died of AIDS. Ten Eighteen Inc. relocated his family to an area outside the slums of Namuwongo in September. The women in our Ndoto co-ops live with HIV/AIDS every day. When on ARV's (anti-viral medications), patients need to eat regularly and minimize stress. A regular, sustainable income achieves both of those goals. Uganda has over 3 million orpha...

Days 3, 4 and 5 – Hot, Rain, Hot

(NOTE: the photos quit uploading, so I'll add those when I can!) WEDNESDAY: We went down into the community, visiting new families. This took me back to our first visits down in the slums, before we began doing the micro-business grants. The families we visited on Wednesday were in dire straights, their needs really overwhelming. I didn't realize quite how much better off our ladies were now than when we met them until Wednesday. Some of what we encounte...

Day 2 – and it’s HOT!

This is my seventh trip to Uganda, and only one was really hot. Usually jeans are fine, and I wear a sweatshirt in the morning and evening. Not this time, at least so far. It's hot and dry and there's red dust everywhere. Just down the hill from Father's House they are burning, and the house is filled with smoke. Stephen and Bosco are outside to make sure the fire doesn't jump to the property, as one did last year on the other side of the house. I had a g...

Day 1 in Namuwongo

Today I took video, not photos, so I don't have anything to upload. But I had a good day! I headed down to Namuwongo at 9am, arriving there a little before 10am. We headed down into the community and talked to a number of the ladies from Nawezakana in either their homes or at their stalls where they sell produce or cooked food. Mary, who we have helped since the beginning, is doing great. Her son Festo is in his first year at university, studying law; ...

Working in Uganda

I got my plane tickets for my next visit to Uganda (Feb, 2013), and I'm so excited! This is the first year that we haven't done 2 trips, and I'm really missing my friends and all the people we work with there. Thank God for the internet, is all I have to say! I'm going by myself for the first time, and am planning an extra-busy trip, with no "one fun thing", and not a lot of down time. I'll be going back a second time, probably in August or September, and ...

The hard working ladies of Namuwongo

One of the things Ten Eighteen Inc. does in Uganda is micro-business grants. Notice I didn't say micro-business loans, which is all the rage right now. The reason for this is simple: there is virtually no way for these women to repay a loan and still improve their quality of living, pay their school fees, buy food, and pay rent. None. A  lot of organizations do loans, and, in theory I guess it makes sense (our family chooses not to have debt except for on