Uthando Project

Our Joy – Creating playful dolls for the children of Kwazulu Natal

Caring for the world’s children is everyone’s responsibility. Play is essential for children’s healthy development, and a child’s need for play can become lost when families and communities are in challenging circumstances. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has brought trauma, grief, bewilderment and loss to many, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Uthando invites you to join us and offers a way for you to make a very special contribution. Learn how to make a doll so you can make a difference to a child living in Kwa-Zulu Natal, one of South Africa’s most affected communities.

How to make a doll

1. Read our guidelines
2. Choose a pattern
3. Join a Uthando group
4. Send dolls to us!

Buy our book

Chock full of inspiring stories from KwaZulu-Natal, Australian dollmakers and their dolls plus sewing & knitting patterns. $30 (postage included) from our online shop


Uthando Project partners with five non-government organizations in KwaZulu Natal distributing dolls to children in need. To find out more about our partners, please visit their websites below.

Uthando Project