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Women and Children Last

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By Sadie St. Denis, Shanti Uganda Project Coordinator  Photo Credit: Yulia Kirshtein, Shanti Uganda Volunteer 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 Sunday on the sports grounds of Makerere University in Kampala. I arrived shortly before lunch and sat down to catch up with my friend and ‘meet...

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Making Every day International Women's Day

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Written by Samantha Sarra International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the strides we have made towards a more equitable world and a commitment to continue the work that still needs to be done. Every day is International Women’s Day at Shanti Uganda where everything we do is about working towards a world where birthing mothers and women living HIV/AIDS are supported, empowered and able to develop their full potential. For us, today is a day to celebrate the advances in the community while also reflecting on the challenges that are ever present. While many women currently enjoy the...

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Lessons in Maternal Mortality

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Blog Post written by 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey participant, Madeleine Shaw Midwifery has always struck me as more of a vocation or calling than a career choice. I have never heard of anyone "falling into" it, for example, and the midwives I have had the good fortune to meet have been without exception models of competence, compassion and gravitas: one does not take such women lightly. As part of our time spent with Shanti Uganda, on their 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey, we were briefed on the current state of this issue by Sister Mary, the birth clinic's Head Midwife....

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Annual Safe Motherhood Day - Luweero

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*Blog post by Shanti Uganda volunteer Lauren of her experiences in Uganda*                         Safe Motherhood Uganda is a yearly event put on by the Ugandan Ministry of Health, along with dozens of other NGO, governmental, and local organizations all dedicated to health and wellness that somehow intersects maternal healthcare. This year it was held in Luweero district, and in fact, the events were held in the futball field around the corner from the Shanti Uganda volunteer house! A collaboration of folks from around Uganda began preparing the previous through a series of meetings and...

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Village Outreach - Katuugo

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*The following blog is a post by Shanti Uganda volunteer Lauren and her experiences in Uganda* Village Outreach- Katuugo              The ride on the boda (motorcycle) lasted nearly 20 minutes. I wanted it to never end. Through fields of coffee and maize, roads and hills I have never dreamt, homes of brick and stick and mud, dozens of school children scrambling through football yards and too big bicycles- we roamed. Not entirely sure what to expect, and somewhat unaware of where we were going, we arrived in Katuugo, greeted by the warm face of a man I had...

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