Please note that the postal address for Uthando Project has changed.
Uthando Project now has it’s very own postal box address: Please send all items to us at: Uthando Project, PO Box 118 FORRESTFIELD WA 6058

WA Craft Show 2019 Claremont Showgrounds August 2nd,3rd and 4th

Uthando Project will again be at the WA Craft Fair at Claremont Showgrounds this year. The Craft Fair has combined with the WA Woodwork Fair to bring patrons a huge range of stalls and displays over three days for one ticket price. Follow link for details and to purchase tickets early. Come and visit the Uthando Project stall to talk to our supporters and check out the range of beautifully crafted items we will have for sale. Or sponsor a doll and include a note to the child who will receive it.  All proceeds raised contribute to costs of freighting dolls to the children of KwaZulu Natal

Shipping Time!

‘It’s that time of year again. We have thousands more dolls ready for shipment to South Africa later this month and we appreciate any donations that help towards the cost of the freight. Each doll costs about $1.50 to send so a donation of $15 will help send 10 dolls. $100 will ship a whole bag of dolls. Any amount is always appreciated and helps spread the joy of Uthando dolls. Help light up a life! Don’t forget EOFY and all donations are tax deductible!’

Mothers Day 2019

With Mothers’ Day approaching, please consider making a donation in honour of your Mother.
Help us send the next shipment of dolls to vulnerable children in KwaZulu Natal. 
Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.  Donations can be made through PayPal or Credit Card by scrolling down to the Donate button below.  Alternatively payments can be made by cheque posted to: The Treasurer. Uthando Project Inc, P.O.Box 118 Forrestfield WA 6058.  

Albany 2018

Albany Group invited dollmakers to join them for a fun weekend gathering. Never enough time for photos. Many thanks to Laura from CWA holiday units, staff at the Museum of the Great Southern – Albany, Trish and Chris everyone else for helping out.

Donations to Uthando Project are now Tax Deductible

We are delighted to announce that Uthando Project has been granted DGR status (Deductible Gift Recipient) in Australia, with all donations over $2 being tax deductible.

Donations can be made by  cheque, via Paypal or through our ANZ Bank Account (more details here), with new credit card functionality for both one-off and ongoing donations COMING SOON!

We are deeply grateful for your ongoing generosity and support of our valuable work.

February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Uthando Dollmakers and Friends,

Are you ready to take on the MAKE A 100 DOLLS IN A DAY Challenge during multicultural Harmony Week, (March 15 – 21) at four venues around Perth? OR would you like to create your own full day of dollmaking with your friends and guests from another culture?

The underlying aim is to make thousands more dolls for the 0 – 4yrs children who come under TREE’s wing. Normally TREE receives 4000 dolls each year, but we learned from Bertha Magoge, Director, at the Retreat last year, that they see 40,000 children in the care of their graduates.

In response to this number, we have designed a new doll, called Simple Doll, which lends itself to a production line system. There has been a truly amazing result from Lynne Fish and Marcia Watson, Sorrento group, of 1100 Simple dolls having been made by them in the past few months. What more can be said?? With this newsletter comes the pattern for Boy and Girl Simple Doll and the list of events where hundreds of dolls could be made. Please copy and give to friends. Especially RSVP with your name and your guest’s name for joining in at least one of these events.

If you don’t live in Perth, please consider arranging your own special dollmaking day at any time. Set your own target, date, venue and go for it. It will make a precious, feel good day.

Uthando can supply material for brown skin and the stuffing. More fabrics if needed, too. Print out the pattern here to make templates.

The Albany Group is already underway in partnership with Soroptimists International with 100 Women, 100 Dolls at the Vancouver Arts Centre.

This 100 DOLLS IN A DAY Challenge is a major event for Uthando 2015 and is specifically for TREE.

Be reassured that all types of Uthando dolls are still needed. Remember NO buttons or beads on dolls for the young ones.

During last term and over the holidays, the most wonderfully creative dolls arrived from many primary and secondary schools to be shipped in April. Enjoy the originality and skills acquired by students.

school doll 5 school doll 4 school doll 2 school doll 1

Strong woman with applique animal

Strong woman with applique animal

Lion man with hippo boy

Lion man with hippo

Bling with style from Primary School student

Bling with style from Primary School student

Furry characters with bright  applique

Furry characters with bright

Portrait of doll on the card

Portrait of doll on the card

Two bearded gentleman

Two bearded gentleman














In the pipeline are an Exhibition of Uthando dolls and African artefacts in July and another Retreat at Serpentine, September 11 – 13. More anon. Express interest? See below.


March 24, venue to be confirmed in Perth, is a screening of a gripping documentary touring Australia titled Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Uthando Project is being one of the charity partners. You can watch it online and a portion is given to Uthando. Please contact if you want links, tickets or be a volunteer.

May 2015 be hugely productive for all Uthando dollmakers and a sense of partnership for all our friends,

Love, Georgia Efford, the Board and the Friday team. CONTACT or Georgia 08 9293 2363

To download this newsletter, the 100 Dolls flyer and simple doll pattern , please click here


Glasses for Family Literacy Project

When Chris Bellanger last visited KwaZulu Natal, she spent much of her time sharing her reading glasses with the wonderful African ladies… and left with a promise to them that she would somehow get glasses to them once she was back in Albany, Western Australia.

True to her word, Chris and the Albany ladies collected numerous pair of glasses, with Rose even sewing up simple cases for them!  So heartwarming now to see the pleasure that this has brought the ladies in Kwazulu Natal!  Ah, the things we take for granted.

WP_20140820_007 WP_20140819_003 WP_20140806_004 WP_20140806_002

Perhaps some other groups would like to collect good condition used (or new!) glasses that could be sent over to Kwazulu Natal in addition to the dolls?  Chris recommends a magnification of between 2.5 to 3 would be very suitable!

Dollmaking on the Gold Coast

We are thrilled to see that a new dollmaking group has formed in Benowa, on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Initiated by friends Shari and Judy, the new group of  enthusiasts has quickly become quite addicted to the creation of Uthando dolls, a feeling so many of us can relate to!  In their short time together they have made 30 beautiful dolls, all gorgeously turned out in their knitted outfits.

Judy’s granddaughter, Brooke, ensures that the dolls are adequately accessorised, crafting flowers, braids and jewellery to add extra excitement and play value to each doll.  Brooke, you warm our hearts!

Benowna Waters Group

Welcome aboard Queensland!  We look forward to seeing more of your dolls for the children of KwaZulu Natal.

For more information on this group, please contact Judy on or 042 887 2828

Details of other groups or how to start your own group can be found here




Farewell to Delis

The wonderful group of women who meet every fortnight at The Meeting Place in Fremantle held a farewell morning tea for a founding member, Delis Hague.   DM 4

Delis has embarked on a new phase in her life in her native home,  New  Zealand. The whole group turned out to wish Delis well and to encourage her to  keep up the doll making when she gets herself settled in Nelson. Delis hopes  doll making will be a great way to meet new friends in Nelson.DM 7

We are so looking forward to seeing your work from across the waters, Delis!


163 dolls made at Maccabi Junior Carnival Community Day

This sight is sure to gladden any Uthando heart!  On 17th January, we were delighted to be part of the Community Day at the 2014 Maccabi Junior Carnival, held in Perth.  With 163 teenage girls participating, this 5 hour event was something quite different to the format of our usual workshops and school programme!

dolls in air  girls with dolls

 What a day we had!  The hall was abuzz with the girls’ enthusiasm and love, as they each worked diligently to complete their special doll for a child they would never meet.  Colourful fabrics, beads and wool – and the most amazing sock collection – brought the dolls to life and the girls were rightly proud of their marvellous creations.

 The marathon session was very ably led by our wonderful Schools Coordinator, Lynne Tognolini and supported by 7 Uthando ladies – see if you can spot some familiar faces in the fabulous photos on Facebook  (and remember to “Like” our Facebook page while you are there!)

KZN Leaders’ workshops in May

CEOs from two of our partners in KwaZulu Natal will be in Perth for two weeks, May 16-30. Register your interest in a host of activities facilitated by Rachel Rozentals-Thresher (dlalanathi) and Bertha Magoge (TREE). See the Events calendar for the two-day retreat, professional presentation, public meeting, two day workshop and visits to Albany, Bunbury, Sorrento, Fremantle and Gooseberry Hill.

The Witness: Inspirational teen to share doll-making passion

August 2013: The Witness (a KwaZulu Natal newspaper) has an article about: Inspirational teen to share doll-making passion teaching underprivileged children.

Inspirational teen

The Witness article

“Where most teenage girls give away their old bought dolls, Lesley Jung (14) has given away hand-crafted dolls that she makes herself from scratch…”