The Shanti Uganda Society
The Shanti Uganda Society improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. We imagine a world where birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS are supported, empowered and able to develop to their full potential.
The Shanti Uganda Society began with a vision to unite traditional birthing practices with modern best practices and provide conscious birth training for communities impacted by war, poverty and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Founded by Natalie Angell-Besseling, a yoga teacher & doula with a background in international development, our first programs began in 2008. After a trip to Uganda in 2007 volunteering as a doula at a local hospital, Natalie connected with a group of women who were making paper beads in Kampala. This initial meeting led her to Kasana, Luweero where after working with the community, the first women were selected from a group of 600 HIV positive women to form Shanti Uganda’s first Income Generating Group. With the support of our women’s group and the guidance of community members, the organization began the planning stages for a community birth centre.
After purchasing one acre of land in Nsaasi Village, building of the Shanti Uganda Birth House was completed in the spring of 2010 and we opened our doors fall 2010. Shanti Uganda is a registered Canadian Charity, a Ugandan NGO and a Private Not-For-Profit Medical Facility registered through the Ministry of Health in Uganda.
$5 for Shanti Uganda can afford essential newborn and child vaccines for five children to prevent killer diseases such as TB, tetanus, measles, diphtheria, polio, pertussis, Hep B, and influenza.
What To Bring
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