Village Toys (Uganda)

Happy New Years everyone!

(The following series of images were sent in by Teddy (aka TMS Ruge) a professional photographer and an all around amazing individual who runs Project Diaspora.)

Ugandan village toys by TMS Ruge

The SUV was made from an old Cooking Oil container, I can’t remember the brand. The “top” is cut-out and they put other little belongs in there pulled it for hours. The wheels are made from old slippers, or sandles. Spokes from an old bicycle served as the axles. Banana stalk was used to pull the “vehicle”.

Ugandan village toy by TMS Ruge

Ugandan village SUV toy and children by TMS Ruge

“That’s my niece, Chris and her friend, Geofrey are in the picture. They spent hours in their own world pulling it across the yard.”

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Author: Erik Hersman

Erik is the owner of White African, a blog about technology and Africa. He is the co-founder of Zangu, a new web and mobile phone application that he hopes will change communication in Africa. AfriGadget is another web project of his, not that he doesn't have enough of those already...

19 thoughts on “Village Toys (Uganda)”

  1. nice truck….and very nice red clay fired bricks in the backround! simple low cost long lasting housing solution in east africa. should of made them interlocking and it would save on cement…still though…nice!

  2. Hi Andrew, I appreciate that looking at that toy compared to something packaged you might see in a toyshop in the West may ‘suck’ but children have a lot of imagination – I’m sure they will continue to play with them for hours 🙂

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