The Shanti Uganda Society began with a vision to unite traditional birthing practices with modern best practices and provide birth education in communities impacted by war, poverty and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.The organization was founded by Natalie Angell-Besseling in 2008, a yoga teacher & doula with a background in International Development.
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. 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 a women’s group and the guidance of community members, the organization began planning for a community birth centre.
After purchasing one acre of land in Nsaasi Village, the Shanti Uganda Birth House was completed in the spring of 2010. Doors opened in fall 2010, expanding programs to include a full service maternity centre, community garden and teen girls workshops. They catch an average of 30 babies a month. Shanti Uganda supports a birth model based on the midwifery model of care. and embraces best practices and traditional birth methods. Their core values are:
Growth: We are constantly growing and learning. We commit to learning from our mistakes and embracing education as a way for personal and community growth.
Integrity: We are accountable to our supporters, partners and the community we serve and commit to 100% transparency and truthfulness
Sustainability: We honour the earth and respect the environment in which we work. We commit to deep community based development rooted in best practices.
For more information: http://shantiuganda.org