Mondetta Gives Back

Since its inception over 25 years ago, Mondetta Clothing has maintained, at the heart of the company's philosophy, strong philanthropic efforts benefitting a wide variety of local, national and international charitable organizations. In 2004, the company founded the Mondetta Charity Foundation (MCF) to make a difference in East Africa, where from the principals originally hail.

The MCF, a completely separate entity from the Mondetta Clothing Company and MPG which means a majority of administrative costs are borne by the parent company, seeks to ease some of the suffering in the East African region, specifically Uganda and Kenya. Tackling such seemingly insurmountable problems as poverty and the devastating AIDS epidemic, the MCF takes action at the grassroots level to ensure the help pledged goes to those who need it most.

Currently, the MCF supports a primary school in the sprawling slum of Kamwokya which is located in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. In neighbouring Kenya, partnering with the New Life Home Trust, the MCF pledges support to an orphanage in the coastal town of Lamu where children from 1 month to 3 years old, many of whom have lost either one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, or have simply been abandoned, can find safe refuge and the only semblance of family they haver ever known.

The People

Nearly forty years ago, two families left East Africa as both immigrants and refugees to eventually find their way to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they began to rebuild their lives and establish new roots.

In 1970, Raj Bahl, VP Sales, immigrated to Canada from Nairobi, Kenya, at the young age of three, along with his parents and siblings. Though recollections of his experiences in Kenya are blurred and clouded by the passage of time, his memories are kept alive through the stories told to him by his parents and various family friends who shared a similar experience.

In 1972, under the dictatorial rule of President Idi Amin, Ugandan citizens of Asian descent were forcibly expelled from the country, given 90 days notice to leave the only home they had ever known. The Modha family, including Ash, President and CEO, Prashant, VP Finance, and Kish, VP Administration, was one of thousands of families to leave the part of Africa known as the “Cradle of the Nile” and forge new roots in foreign lands.

The Challenge

  • 33% of the African population suffer from malnutrition
  • Less than 50% of the African population has access to medical care or doctors
  • 57% of children are enrolled in school and only 1 in 3 actually complete
  • 1 in 6 children die before the age of 5
  • Every 5 seconds a child starves to death
  • More than 1 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS

Making A Difference

The MCF has spearheaded the following initiatives at Kamwokya Primary School in Kampala, Uganda:

  • Implemented a daily feeding program that, to date, has served over 2 million meals to hungry children many of whom would go without were it not for the lunch received at school. Completely restructuring the on-site school kitchen has been a vital part of the feeding program.
  • Provided uniforms to all 1400 students at the school and continue to clothe new students as they enroll.
  • Completely revitalized the school library which included donating books from the Seven Oaks School Division in addition to shelving to allow for adequate organization thereof.
  • Established a partnership with the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where the company is based, including a sister school program with Arthur Wright School.
  • Embarked upon a teacher exchange program that has seen teachers from both Africa and Canada travel to their respective sister schools.
  • Completed an inaugural Dental Mission in July 2012 that witnessed 5 dentists, their assistants and families travel to Uganda to establish a temporary clinic at the school and provide dental treatment to 400 children who, in all likelihood, would probably never see a dentist.

The MCF continues to fund the orphanage in Lamu, Kenya which supports children from 1 month to three years old and in so doing provides nutrition, medical care and shelter to the most innocent victims of the HIV/AIDS crisis that continues to cripple the entire continent.

Getting Involved

Kamwokya Primary School, Kampala

  • $15.00 feeds one child for a month (50 cents/day - 1 meal)
  • $30/month allows you to be an educational sponsor (nutrition and educational resources)
  • $90/month donation provides 60 children with a new school uniform
  • $1000/year provides post secondary education to a studious child
  • $42,000 provides school uniforms to all 1400 students

New Life Home Orphanage, Lamu

  • $ 300/month supports 5 children in the orphanage (nutrition, shelter and medication)

With a desire to help and a willingness to make small sacrifices, we can all provide the help these children so direly need and provide the sort of hope they have never known.

To facilitate the donation process, the MCF has partnered with, public charitable foundation, which is Canada's only donation portal and that simplifies the donating process, making it easy, quick and secure.

Donate Now Through! If you would like to make you simple and secure donation to MCF through CanadaHelps, simply click on the icon to go directly to the Mondetta Charity Foundation's donate page.