A different kind of birth…

by Midwife Peggy Thurston Harriet arrived at the Shanti Uganda Birth House in the middle of the night on a motorcycle driven by her husband. Her contractions had started around 10 o'clock that night and, this being her first baby, she felt it must be time to go because she was unable to sleep. They were met by two midwives who welcomed them and examined Harriet. Her exam revealed that she was... read more

A Yogini’s Journey to Uganda

by volunteer and Birth Partner Karen Sainas For as long as I can remember, Africa has been in my heart and I knew one day I would find my way there.  I was introduced to Shanti Uganda in 2012, when I met Natalie, the Founder of Shanti. I knew this was an organization I was excited to be a part of and so I committed to the Ambassador role!  I spent 2012 supporting Shanti’s fundraising events, b... read more

Check out Shanti Uganda’s New Profile Video

This Shanti Uganda profile video was launched on Mother's Day 2013. We hope it illustrates why we are so passionate about empowering mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, heroes! Thank you to all the moms and grandma's near and far who continue to support us in our mi... read more

An Ode to the Women’s Group

As I turn the last corner on my long and winding walk to the Shanti Uganda Birth House, through the overwhelmingly green African countryside, past the little smiling faces carrying bright yellow jerry-cans of water, past brightly-clad women working in the fields and in the cooking huts, and alongside the bicycling schoolchildren and elderly men, I think to myself how lucky I am that this is my ... read more

Aspirations and Empowerment: Mobilizing the community…one woman at a time.

A doctor, an accountant, a nurse, a teacher- these are the aspirations of the young girls who participate in Shanti Uganda’s Teen Girls Health and Empowerment Program and these are the bright souls who surround me at the beginning of my journey.  I come from Canada while they come from Luwero and its surrounding towns; despite our diversity it is apparent that as wo... read more

When Work Doesn’t Feel Like Work

“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller This quote by the indefatigable Helen Keller comes to mind when I reflect on the choices I’ve made for my life thus far. I have often taken the road less traveled,  and though it hasn’t always been easy, from where I sit today, I can say without hesitation it has been worth it. [caption id="attachment_1343" align="aligncenter" width... read more