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.
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.
The May 2015 Uthando Newsletter is now online and bumper packed – we hope to see you at one of the many upcoming events in 2015
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.
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 email@example.com or Georgia 08 9293 2363
To download this newsletter, the 100 Dolls flyer and simple doll pattern , please click here
To celebrate Harmony Week, we will be hosting several “100 Dolls in a Day” events in March 2015.
An insightful review of our book “100 Dolls, Countless Hearts” describes the KwaZulu Natal context of purposeful dollmaking by Uthando Project, admires the patterns and lives of the dollmakers.
This newsletter shows how dolls are made across Australia in greater numbers and with independent regional groups. The year finishes with a flurry of fundraising activities and small exhibitions.
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.
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!
The August 2014 Newsletter is a bumper read – packed full of valuable information for our dedicated dollymakers and Uthando supporters.
Relax and enjoy!
We’ve learned so much from our visitors, Rachel and Bertha. One hugely important update from Bertha is her explanation of what makes dolls truly valuable for TREE and the children they work with. See our TREE dolls page to find out more.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 042 887 2828
Details of other groups or how to start your own group can be found here
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.
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.
We are so looking forward to seeing your work from across the waters, Delis!
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!
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!)
Year 6 students once again presented dolls at their final school assembly. This is the fifth year the school has participated in the Uthando project.
In December 2013, Georgia and her team packed up over 2000 dolls waiting to travel to KwaZulu Natal – and they are now on their way. A huge thank you to all those doll makers who contributed, or who have sent dolls independently.
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.
October 2013: The Shire of Kalamunda’s media release about the Uthando Dollmaking Exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery.
August 2013: The Witness (a KwaZulu Natal newspaper) has an article about: Inspirational teen to share doll-making passion teaching underprivileged children.
“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…”