Sustainability and community are core values of ours at Shanti, and we are especially excited to be celebrating them during the month of April and Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd). The fact that 2018 has us celebrating a milestone anniversary of #10YearsofImpact and #10YearsofSustainability makes this all the more special for us. It has been exciting to watch our community garden and nutrition program grow as we continuously work to develop our three primary areas of sustainability at Shanti: communal gardening, sustainable agricultural practices and workshops, and our solar powered birth house. Through these programs, we aim to provide nutrient-rich food for mothers, children, teens, and the wider community, as well as to provide nutrition and farming based educational programs in order to empower individuals and families to grow and cook healthy food, learn, and thrive.
To celebrate sustainability this month, we decided to search through our photo archive and select some of our favourite photos representing sustainability at the Shanti Birth House in Uganda. We hope you enjoy!
- 1. Shanti staff member, Babirye’s daughter, Sharifa, spends time at the Shanti Birth House and community garden and brightens days.
- 2. Long-time Shanti staff member and first-and-only doula, Flora, works in the garden.
- 3. Maize growing in the Shanti community garden. You should watch these beauties grow in the rainy seasons of March – May and October – November!
- 4. A green critter for you – these aren’t uncommon to see at the Shanti Birth House and community garden, along with a plethora of bright and beautiful bird species.
- 5. A colourful collection of beans grown in the Shanti community garden.
- 6. Shanti’s round hut, which completed construction in 2017, is used daily as a hub for Shanti staff and community.
- 7. Our Agriculturalist and Nutritionist, Ritah, runs a teen girls’ workshop in the Shanti community garden and spreads laughter, connection, education and empowerment.
- 8. The Shanti Uganda community bore hole, completed in 2017 thanks to a grant from LUSH Cosmetics!
- 9. Kato, our Head Gardener, is a well-known and loved face in the Shanti community.
- 10. Yoga classes take place in our community garden at Shanti and are always a fun time while nourishing expecting moms and community members.