Why Did Ndanaka Hide Her Face ?



Dear mom,


Let us tell you a story about a beautiful girl with vitiligo.

Ndanaka is always wearing a scarf to hide her face. There’s a secret she does not want her friends to find out. When a sudden gush of wind blows her scarf away, the secret is revealed.

Vitiligo is a long-term condition where pale white patches develop on the skin. It's caused by the lack of melanin, which is the pigment in skin. Vitiligo can affect any area of skin, but it commonly happens on the face, neck and hands, and in skin creases.

Ndanaka would hide her face with a fear of other children teasing her. However as the wind blows her scarf away - her unique beauty comes to light. “ Oooohhhh my …. You are unique ! Exclaims Bontle “ I have Vitiligo “ responds Ndanaka in a shy quiet voice - terrified about what the other children will say. “ You are stunning ….. God took time to draw a beautiful butterfly on your face’ squealed Bontle.

Ndanaka is a Shona word that means ‘I am beautiful’. It's also the name of a new doll created by Sibahle, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of vitiligo in children.

Our Ndanaka doll reminds us to look beyond beneath skin level and see the endearing beauty within us all. This doll is just like your little girl ! She is vanilla scented has Afro-textured hair that she loves to comb, braid, wash, and condition—this may just be the cutest thing ever! Her clothes are hand made from 100% cotton and are machine washable.

Get your Ndanaka doll HERE


 Sibahle aims that every child should grow up aware of the rich diversity that the world at large has to offer. At Sibahle Collection we have created these dolls with this in mind; Share your love for Nadanka and Shop Now to inspire your younger one with self-love through the unique power of our Rainbow Nation dolls.