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. All Shanti Uganda programs contribute to our guiding organizational values - Community Participation: All projects are locally initiated and supported with a deep sense of solidarity and ownership. Work on the ground is supported through the time, passion and employment of the local communities we work with. Unity: We support and embrace everyone within the global f...

The Shanti Uganda Society
#16-306 Abbott St
Vancouver, BC V6B2K9
Canada
1-604-716-0611
http://www.shantiuganda.org/

Management Team

Sadie St. Denis

Board of Directors

Carolynne Mahood, Gary Boun, Sarah Albrecht, Amber Branny, Alison White, Sukhraj Gill

Project Leaders

Sadie St. Denis

Mission

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. All Shanti Uganda programs contribute to our guiding organizational values - Community Participation: All projects are locally initiated and supported with a deep sense of solidarity and ownership. Work on the ground is supported through the time, passion and employment of the local communities we work with. Unity: We support and embrace everyone within the global family and believe in the power of unity to change the world. Moving towards a vision of 'we' allows us to act and serve from a place of love and compassion. Sustainability: Projects reflect our deep respect for the earth and all those who live here. Each project is able to sustain itself over time and provide long-lasting benefits for generations to come. Traditional Values and Knowledge: We believe in the sacred power of traditional healing, wisdom, culture and community. All projects are rooted in cultural sensitivity and reflect the knowledge of the given community.

Programs

1.Maternal Health Shanti Uganda supports local families through women-centred care. The Shanti Uganda Birth House and provides prenatal care, labour support, and postnatal care for local women. Services also include a family planning program, infant immunizations, prenatal yoga and education for women and their families. 2. Community Sustainability Project The solar-powered Birth House uses an innovative rainwater harvesting system built using a sustainable locking brick system. Safe drinking water is provided for all mothers and their families using an innovative Bio-Sand Water Filtration System. Additional programs include: -On-site community garden providing fresh vegetables to all antenatal, labouring and postnatal clients. -Monthly Community Garden Workshops for clients and community members covering nutrition and sustainable agriculture. -A Garden Club for all members of Shanti Uganda's Women's Income Generating Group (WIGG) increasing their access to land and food security. 3. Women's Income Generating Group (WIGG) Shanti Uganda operates two WIGGs, a Beading and Textiles Group. All 21 participants are HIV positive and are either a grandmother taking care of multiple grandchildren, a widow, or in a situation of extreme poverty. Beyond increasing income generating capacity, Shanti Uganda provides savings and business training, health and nutrition workshops, access to the Shanti Uganda community garden, a bicycle to travel to and from work and meetings, and eyeglasses if required. 4. Teen Girls Health and Empowerment Program - Health Education workshops for girls covering topics including reproductive health, women's rights, female role models, leadership development and yoga. All girls receive a training manual, certificate and either learn how to make, or receive their own fabric reusable menstrual pads.

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