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. Even though I […]

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Smiles and Serious Business

Written by Cora Xiao, Business Intern Long overdue, but here it is: my first real official blog posting. I arrived at Shanti about a month and a half ago with little in the way of expectations save for the few pictures and descriptions I had seen and read on shantiuganda.org. The first time I took […]

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Chai with Trine

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern If I could be stranded on a desert island with anyone it would be Trine Rasmussen, our project coordinator here at Shanti.  In terms of resourcefulness, adaptability and her huge heart, few surpass her.  From one of the smaller islands in Denmark called Falster, […]

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Chai with Victoria

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern Shanti Uganda made a very wise and strategic move when they hired Project Director (Operations), Victoria Acen, in December last year. Victoria was born in Moshi, Tanzania, but moved to Lira, Uganda with her parents when she was about 2 years old. Her family […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Chai with Ssanyu

        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 veranda outside the center, while her 3 year old daughter Honnia plays with her African doll on the swing only a few meters away. […]

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Thank You for Loving us

Written by Nagomi Mukai, Production Intern “Thank you for your hard work”                           ——“Thank you for loving us” This was a conversation between me and the textiles women in Shanti’s HIV positive Women’s Income Generating Group at the end of my last Buying […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Birth is not painful. Women are strong.

Written by volunteer Monitoring and Evaluations intern Julia Keast   “Ekyama kyetulina mu buwangwa bwaffe kiri nti okuzaaia tekuiuma wabuia abakyaia bamaanyi” This quote greets clients and visitors as they enter Shanti Uganda’s reception area, and when I first arrived I curiously asked Sister Mary what it meant. She laughed and said it meant “we […]

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