Dolly Donations Supports The UTHANDO PROJECT

Monday, November 22, 2010

I wanted to tell you about the need for hand made dolls for the Children of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is home to one quarter of South Africa’s children. ....2/3... live in poverty and 1.5 million are younger than six. The HIV and AIDS pandemic affects everyone ….. When one in five children has already lost one or both parents to the AIDS, the care-giving capacity of families is stretched and at times overwhelmed.

Through play children have the opportunity to experience delight and to unleash their imagination. They may also express their grief and loss, and come to better understand things that trouble or confuse them. One grandmother may have up to a dozen children in her care….”

“Play begins with the making of the dolls. Love is embedded in these handmade dolls, which carry with them the warm intention of the best possible outcomes for the child."

You can read more about the amazing work they are doing and see photos of the dolls HERE

What they are looking for:
  • They have collected 40,000 but need Thousands more handmade “African style” dolls
  •  Dolls must have a brown skin tone, be firm, well filled and cuddly, with colorful clothing.
  • Dolls with removable clothing need at least 3 items of clothing. Shoulder bags, beads, shawls and other decorations are all welcome!


PO BOX 35173,

It is essential to mark each parcel / box so that extra charges are avoided:

Please advise Terry Kass ; her email is with details of what you have sent and date.

They have drop off locations for people in Australia only  (go here for the list) but  please phone contact person before making deliveries.

Hugs and Happy Sewing!


laura.kathryn January 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

When is the deadline for this project or is it ongoing?

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams January 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM  

Hi laura kathryn it's an ongoing project, do let me know if you send some and send me a photo and i'll post your dolls on the DD blog :) Happy Sewing!

Take care, Sarah

laura.kathryn January 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

Here are my first dolls for the project, but I have quite a few more in the works! :)

Superfly Studios February 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM  

I would love to take part in making dolls for the children. Can you please give me information on how I can get involved by hand delivering them. I would love to travel to the places & experience first hand.
Thank you,

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams March 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM  

Hi Rochelle, I tried e-mailing you but I don't think it went through, I would suggest you contact the charity you wish to work with and see if they need volunteers. I don't know if this one does, but it's worth a try :) Hugs and happy sewing, Sarah xxxx

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