Chai with Madelaine

      by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern.   When working on development projects in countries like Uganda, I am constantly amazed by the assortment of people I meet from around the world with interesting stories and backgrounds. One of the best ways to learn about where they came from, why they’re here […]

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Chai with Flora

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern. Under the cool shade of a Gasiya  tree at Shanti, long time employee Florence Nagawa and I sit down to talk about her life and her experience working here at the birth house in Kasana. Flora was born in the Kiboga district of Kasaga […]

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Chai with Opio

        by Dena Thomas, Monitoring and Evaluations Intern One of the steadfast leaders at Shanti is Opio Job Odumo, an unassuming 28 year old man and single father of 3, who guards the birthing center every night between 6:00pm and 7:00am.  Opio and I rarely had opportunity to get to know one […]

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Chai with Rebecca

        by Dena Thomas, M&E Intern Development work, especially when addressing maternal and newborn health infrastructure in Uganda, often has challenges and setbacks that can bring even the most optimistic person down. The saying “2 steps forward, 1 step back” is common language. That’s why it’s imperative to have someone like Rebecca […]

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An Introduction to Uganda

Written by Emma Young, Volunteer Midwife Stepping off the plane in Entebbe, sweaty and not appropriately dressed for the heat having left a cold British winter, I am greeted by a smiling Hanne and Ben. I have absolutely no expectations for this trip and am happy to keep an open mind about everything I see […]

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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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