Shanti Uganda: Tuesday Giveaway
Posted on August 21st, 2012
Question: How do you give back?
The Shanti Uganda Society, started in British Columbia in 2008 with a vision to bring the healing power of yoga and conscious birth to communities experiencing trauma in Uganda. Since then, they have run multiple birth education workshops for midwives, established a reusable menstrual pad distribution program, provided over 100 Safe Birth Kits to expecting moms, and empowered teen girls about healthy relationships, nutrition and preventing aids through health and yoga workshops.
In 2010, the Shanti Uganda Society opened the Shanti Uganda Birth House. This solar powered maternity center, located in the Luwero District of Uganda, provides proper care to women throughout the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. In addition to providing care throughout this period, educational workshops and weekly prenatal yoga classes are also available. A teen girls’ health and wellness program that runs out of the Birth House works to reduce maternal mortality associated with teen pregnancy by empowering and enabling at-risk girls with the necessary information, tools and role models needed to thrive.
Shanti Uganda believes in helping women by giving them the tools they need to succeed on their own. One of their greatest success stories is the Women’s Income Generating Group, which currently employs 21 HIV positive mothers and grandmothers. The Women’s Income Generating Group provides monthly workshops on savings and financial training, literacy skills and business skills. Each woman employed by this group has graduated from training programs and has been given all the supplies needed for her craft in either the beading or textiles group. The jewellery and bags made by these women are sold all over North America, with profits going directly to the women and programs run by the Shanti Uganda Society.
You can help to give back by purchasing the fabulous jewelry and bags created by the Women’s Income Generating Group, or by donating directly to Shanti Uganda.
Win your own Patch Bag from Shanti Uganada!
Shanti Uganda is giving away one Patch Bag to one member of the My Yoga Online community. The Patch Bag is a large shoulder bag great to use for everything from carrying your laptop to using as a diaper bag. It’s made by Shanti Uganda's Women's Income Generating Group using traditional East African Batik fabric and a button closure, two carrying straps and one large open pocket inside.
How to Enter: Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: How do you give back?
Show us your fantastic face! To be considered to win, be sure to fill out your My Yoga profile and upload a profile pic.
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