A message from our Founder, Natalie Angell-Besseling

Natalie and her husband Nic during the construction of the Birth House in 2009

Dear Friends,

In January 2018, Shanti Uganda celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary! Every day, we work to improve maternal and infant health throughout Uganda and to date, we have raised $1,500,000 towards maternal and infant health, supported over 1300 births and impacted 46,000 lives.

In the last year, we saw a 123% increase in revenue, substantial program growth and launched our Grand Challenges Canada funded Propelling Motherhood project which is seeing great results. Our leadership team in Vancouver and Canada is stronger than ever and we have begun our multi-year strategy to develop our Ugandan leadership capacity.

Similar to motherhood and the goals we have for our children, my goal as Shanti Uganda’s Founder has always been to build the organization to the point where I can step away from the day to day work and move to the sidelines to support our team to take the vision and work forward. In February, Shanti Uganda will welcome our new Executive Director and I look forward to introducing you in the weeks to follow.

This transition of leadership has been a multi-year plan and part of our overall leadership strategy in Vancouver and Uganda. February will see a strong cross-over period between myself and our new Executive Director followed by ongoing support as we begin the next era of leadership for Shanti Uganda.

I will continue to work closely with the organization as a Board Member and advocate and look forward to future trips to Uganda to celebrate the ongoing growth of our organization.

Please know what an impact your involvement has had and will continue to have on an entire community in Uganda. Our model of care is like no other and has the capacity to change the face of maternal health throughout Uganda.


Natalie Angell-Besseling
Founder, The Shanti Uganda Society

2 thoughts on “A message from our Founder, Natalie Angell-Besseling

  1. Congratulations and Brava, NAtalie for orchestrating a graceful, seamless transition and rededicated commitment to nurturing local leadership! I look forward to working with Maria and visiting Shanti this summer. Best wishes for the transition period and beyond, Kay

  2. Awesome work, Natalie! I want to help.

    At the moment, I am very active in the Development and Peace Caritas Canada’s ShareLent program and Fall campaign, facilitate the Alpha program, and teach catechism at my local parish in White Rock. I am very passionate about global health, social equity and justice and have been helping a number of causes both here and abroad including evangelization in China, fundraised for a school in Kampala, Uganda, supporting villages in Iloilo, Philippines through my Augustinian priest friends, sponsoring 3 kids with Chalice, and supporting Global Disciples Canada as they church plant in the outskirts of society in Africa, India and Nepal to name a few.

    Professionally, I am an RN in the ICU and ER, first and foremost and have specialized on a variety of things through the years. I now speak at varied local and international Conferences on Oncology, ICU, critical care research, geriatric emergencies and hospice palliative care so a lot of service interests there.

    I am also a hiker, runner, and cyclist and fundraise for BC Cancer Foundation, St Peter’s AIDS Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Breast and Colon Cancer Foundation, Langley Developmental Disabilities and several other local causes for about 5 years now. We are our brother’s keeper so happy to help in any way I can.

    My friend, Edith Okello, is now a Program Manager there and I couldn’t be happier for her. Let me know how I can be a part of this worthwhile endeavour.

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