First Impressions

Written by Hanne Tvedt, Assistant Project Coordinator

I arrived in Uganda about three weeks ago, and the first three weeks have been interesting, challenging, and fun! I can’t believe it has been three weeks already. I have a growing fear that my months here are going to go by way too quickly.

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Smiles and Serious Business

Written by Cora Xiao, Business Intern cora2

Long overdue, but here it is: my first real official blog posting. I arrived at Shanti about a month and a half ago with... read more

Made in Uganda with Love

Written by Nagomi Mukai, Production intern

Having grown up in a city in Japan, I never really appreciated products or things I would see in stores beyond seeing them on the shelf. In other words, I never felt any personal connection to the production side of each item. Thanks to new technology, geographic distance does not matt... read more

Final Reflections

Written by Cora Xiao, Business Intern Now in the last week of my internship with Shanti, reflecting back on my beginning at Shanti is quite interesting. Over the course of my three months here, small changes have happened without my being aware of how much their accumulation has changed me. Having worked and lived with both locals and other interns from abroad, I’ve had my understanding of cul... read more

Chai with Ssanyu

247878_218729851490709_4419166_n         by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern I am sitting outside of the Shanti birth house with head midwife Ssanyu Namuleme. We gather under the shade of the... read more

The New Fam-Jam

Written by Cora Xiao, Business Intern

Uganda. Before coming to Shanti the word conjured up images of conflict and poverty. My impression of the nation was horribly ignorant, informed only by the violence and madness of the nation portrayed in fear-mongering blogs, Hollywood movies, and Wikipedia’s sizeable page about Idi Amin. I know now how wrong I was.

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Thursday at Shanti

Written by Julia Keast, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern There is nothing better than being at Shanti Uganda’s birth center on a Thursday. On any given Thursday you will likely find Flora, Shanti’s traditional birth attendant, leading a pre-natal yoga class, expectant mothers waddling through the reception area waiting for their antenatal appointments, new mums cradling their infants. Last Th... read more

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Written by volunteer midwife Julia Hagedorn It is one of my last days at the beautiful Shanti Uganda birth center. Suzan, a first time mom to be, is labouring in the sheds of the garden, surrounded by singing birds and the always shining Ugandan sun. I am so proud to see one of our passionate, skilled and committed midwives being with her and giving her some ideas about positions that... read more