Our Story

We stand up for maternal health by putting women first. A safe, respectful and comfortable birthing experience is a right for every woman.

Our Mission
Shanti Uganda Improves Maternal & Infant Health Throughout Uganda

Our Vision
We imagine a world where all women have access to a midwife and are respected, empowered and able to thrive throughout the birth process

Our Values

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    Holistic Care

    We support a birth model that is based on the midwifery model of care and embraces best practices and traditional birth methods

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    We are constantly growing and learning. We commit to learning from our mistakes and embracing education as a way for personal and community growth

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    We are accountable to our supporters, partners and the community we serve and commit to 100% transparency and truthfulness

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    We honour the earth and respect the environment in which we work. We commit to deep community based development rooted in best practices that will benefit generations to come

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    Our words and actions are guided by selflessness and a commitment to service that is inclusive and non discriminatory. We act from a place of empathy and commit to working with no ego

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    We value participation and relationship building. Our work and relationships are long standing and deeply rooted at the community level

Our History


The Shanti Uganda Society began with a vision to unite traditional birthing practices with modern best practices and provide birth education in communities impacted by war, poverty and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

The organization was founded by Natalie Angell-Besseling in 2008, a yoga teacher & doula with a background in International Development.

After a trip to Uganda in 2007 volunteering as a doula at a local hospital, Natalie connected with a group of women who were making paper beads in Kampala. This initial meeting led her to Kasana, Luweero where after working with the community, the first women were selected from a group of 600 HIV positive women to form Shanti Uganda’s first Income Generating Group. With the support of our women’s group and the guidance of community members, the organization began the planning stages for a community birth centre.

After purchasing one acre of land in Nsaasi Village, building of the Shanti Uganda Birth House was completed in the spring of 2010 and we opened our doors fall 2010 expanding our programs to include a full service maternity centre, community garden and teen girls workshops.

The Shanti Uganda Society is a registered Canadian Charity (#819964412RR0001), Ugandan NGO, and a Private Not-For-Profit Medical Facility registered through the Ministry of Health in Uganda.

All Canadian donations are tax deductible.