On Monday January 4th, we held our official ground breaking ceremony. It was attended by Shanti Uganda project coordinator and executive director, our building partner, our builders, the Shanti Uganda Income Generating Group, the sisters from Bishop Asili Clinic, our neighbours and the local leaders.
We planted a mango tree in honour of the birth of the birth house, watered it and began the ceremony with three prayers: a catholic prayer by Sister Teddy, the head midwife at Bishop Asili Clinic, a blessing of the land by Natalie Angell, Shanti Uganda’s executive director and a muslim prayer by Hadija, a woman in the Shanti Uganda Income Generating Group.
(The Shanti Uganda Women’s Income Generating Group and Birth House builders at our ground breaking ceremony)
(Natalie Angell, Executive Director adds earth to our mango tree to mark the beginning of the birth house)
(The local LC1, or village chairman waters the plant in honour of the birth house while members of the income generating group watch)