Shanti & Blooma Team Up to Offer Doula Training in 2018

We hosted our first Doula Training in September of 2012 and since then have welcomed 10 inspiring training groups to Uganda. We believe deeply that a cross-cultural exchange of knowledge is life-changing for everyone involved. Our training retreats are also one of Shanti’s most sustainable sources of funding – raising over $84,000 to provide life […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Uganda

Uganda is known to many as ‘The Pearl of Africa’ for it’s magnificence, variety of form and colour, and profusion of brilliant life. Winston Churchill’s words in 1908 still ring true today, and we here at Shanti are privileged to experience Uganda at its best every day. To give you idea of what you can […]

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Interview with Kate Dewey of Birth Arts International

Our Operations Director spoke to our doula training instructor, Kate Dewey about her work as a doula, doula instructor, mom and business woman. Kate is a mom of five kids, a doula instructor with Birth Arts International and co-owner of Let It Be Birth Doula Services, she lives in the Seattle area with her family. What […]

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Introducing Jane Drichta: Our Doula Training Instructor!

It is our pleasure and honour to introduce the one and only: Jane Drichta! We are thrilled to have Jane lead our Doula Training and Retreat in Uganda from October 10th- October 19th. With a resume that is second to none, Jane’s warm energy and experience have been a part of the Shanti family since […]

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Fuel your Passion- Join Shanti Uganda’s 2014 Doula/Midwifery Training

Written by a midwifery student who participated in Shanti Uganda’s Doula Training in 2013.   I was one of the very fortunate women to travel to Shanti last October with Jane and I cannot express in words how transformative, humbling, and amazing the trip was. When I first learned about the trip my heart almost […]

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Inside the Volunteer House

By Claire Gatto- Volunteer Coordinator Intern I got lucky with my school agreeing to send me to intern at Shanti this summer. My role as the Volunteer Coordinator turned out to be an on-going lesson about how to live and work with other people. Easier said than done, right? Right. Shanti’s volunteer program draws people […]

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19 Lessons from Living and Learning in Uganda

By: Claire Gatto- Volunteer Coordinator Intern 1. Talking about your bowel movements creates an instant connection with fellow travellers. 2. Get used to kids and often men, yelling “Mzungu!” (white person) at you. 3. The fine balance between drinking enough to not faint and not drinking too much when you’re stuck in traffic on a […]

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Discovering Uganda

Written by Julia Hagedorn, volunteer midwife from Germany  Shanti Uganda is one of the most peaceful and lovely places I have ever experienced, and it is a place that makes everyone who goes there feel welcome. Every day, I take a bumpy, dusty ride on my bike to join the wonderful and cheerful people that […]

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Women and Children Last

I am often asked the question: “Why does Shanti Uganda only serve women?” and “Why doesn’t Shanti include men in the Women’s Income Generating Group?” or “Why don’t you have an adolescent boys program?” The other day while attending my friend’s university reunion I found myself intrigued and spellbound over the most trivial argument. The event was held last […]

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Luweero AIDS Day

Life has been wonderfully busy here at Shanti since I arrived for my volunteer placement 2 weeks ago. Last week we helped facilitate a Teen girls Health and Wellness Workshops in the neighboring village of Katakamu. This was Shanti’s first outreach Teen girls Workshop and the turnout was fantastic! Twenty four girls between the ages […]

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The Difference a Year Makes

Nic and I last left Uganda in 2010. We had completed the construction of the Birth House and the women who make up the Women’s Income Generating Group were both celebrating their new work-space and mourning the loss of our soul-sister and group member, Harriet. Teopista, one of our women’s group members, and I were […]

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