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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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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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Volunteer Tales - Learning Luganda with Lauren

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I sit for a moment to reflect on the changes that have occurred in my life over the past two weeks. It is incredible how quickly the time has passed. I have been waiting for my volunteer position in Uganda for months now, and now that I am here, I am able to fully appreciate everything I have been anticipating and learning about Shanti Uganda, as well as Uganda itself. I am incredibly blessed to be working and living in such a beautiful atmosphere. I am learning more than I could even begin to express, and am truly grateful to...

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Stories From the Field - Project Coordinator Sadie St. Denis

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‘It’s a Woman’s World’ On Saturday September 10th, the ladies from the Shanti Uganda crew, including Ssanyu, Joy, Florence, baby Honey and myself, boarded a bus carrying midwives from the US, Australia, Kenya, and elsewhere, bound for Acholi land in the far Northern region of Amuru, Uganda. Shanti Uganda had been invited to attend the first annual International Midwives’ Symposium hosted by Earth Birth in Northern Uganda. Earth Birth is a traditional birthing centre and community space situated on 20 acres of land outside of Atiak, Arumu District, near the border of South Sudan. It was founded and is run...

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