Our Staff

Natalie Angell-Besseling Founder

Natalie Angell-Besseling founded The Shanti Uganda Society in 2008 and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two daughters. She has an Honours BA in International Development Studies from York University and has completed additional training as a yoga […]

Nagawa Florence Traditional Birth Attendant

Florence began her training as a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) in 2001, with the NGO SOU in Nakeseke District.

Nambwere Joyce Midwife

Joyce has worked as a midwife at Shanti since 2010 and helped bring Ssanyu’s daughter Honey into this world.

Nakkuba Rachel Midwife

Born and raised in Mengo, Kampala, Rachel is passionate about her work in women’s maternal health.

Lule Florence Midwife

Sister Florence comes to Shanti Uganda with many years in the Maternal Health Care field under her belt. She started by earning her Midwifery Degree in 1970, and in 1975 as a Public Health Nurse.

Gloria Katushabe Midwife

Gloria trained at one of the country’s most prestigious nursing schools – the Jinja School of Nursing.

Nasiwa Cissy Birthing Assistant

Cissy is a Nursing Assistant at Shanti with extensive experience and a love of learning.

Nakawande Sarah Lab Technician

Sarah works as the lab technician at Shanti Uganda and has been doing so since August 2014.

Nabimuli Ritah Musoke Agriculturalist

Born into a family of environmentalists, Ritah has been an agriculturalist almost from birth. Both her parents were enthusiastic gardeners and herbalists; she learned her skills from her father who worked in Forestry in Masaka.

Jamilah Orom Cook

Jamilah has worked for Shanti for 5 years, and lives right next door to our Volunteer House. Jamilah became the house cook at Shanti, as well as our unofficial volunteer mentor.

Kalyowa Fred Driver

Fred has been working at Shanti since 2009, assisting with the construction of the Birth House. Fred also worked as our backup driver but was hired on full time in January 2014.

Sekajja Kato Groundskeeper

Kato grew up in Bukuma village, and has 3 children. He began work with Shanti Uganda in December of 2009 making bricks for the construction of the Maternity Centre.

Mulagira Mawanda George Night Watchman, Part Time Grounds Keeper

Mulagila has been with Shanti since our days of construction.

Opio Job Odumo Night Watchman

Opio has worked as the night security watchman for Shanti Uganda, and has since December 2010.

Kate Hyde Director of Business Operations

Kate Hyde is a graduate of Emily Carr University (BFA 2011) and UBC’s Sauder School of Business (MBA 2016). Kate joined the Shanti team as the Director of Business Operations in August 2016. Prior to Shanti, she worked in both […]

Jessie Bastos Country Director

After graduating the University of Sheffield with a degree in Physical Geography, Jess lived for a year in Uganda. There she worked for the charity, Project Trust, supporting a disabled youth development program and enabling disabled youth to realize their […]

Courtney Tucker Project and M&E Coordinator

Courtney completed her BA in International Relations and is working toward a MA in International Development at American University. In the US, she worked as Program Director for a nonprofit which focused on refugee youth education and development. Internationally, she […]