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 where 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 our women’s group and the guidance of community members, the organization began the planning stages for a community birth centre.
After purchasing one acre of land in Nsaasi Village, building of the Shanti Uganda Birth House was completed in the spring of 2010 and we opened our doors fall 2010 expanding our programs to include a full service maternity centre, community garden and teen girls workshops.