Photo: Seane Corn
We all worked hard over the year to raise the $150,000 that this particular project cost. We partnered with the amazing Shanti Uganda (ShantiUganda.org) whose mission is to provide safe, compassionate and supportive birth environments to rural Ugandan women. The land was bought in January, the ground broken in April and the buildings have been being constructed slowly since.
All the materials are made from natural resources. It is completely eco, from the bricks to the gray water to the solar electricity. There is a water filtration system and an organic garden. Employed are the local villagers so income is being generated in the area as a result. Right now there are three buildings at different stages of completion. This includes birthing rooms with fresh-flowing air and plenty of sunlight for bed births, water births and even places specifically designed for if the mother wants to squat her birth. There are special rooms for after the birth where the mother can heal and bond with her baby. We also funded a community center where midwives will be trained with new birthing techniques, as well as reclaim some of their traditional birthing practices. They will learn to support the mother's through the process of birth lovingly and sacredly. There will be birthing classes, yoga classes, parenting classes, as well as classes that educate about HIV/AIDS prevention and mother to child transmission. We have also funded a program where the midwives can bring sanitary birthing kits to use for home deliveries in areas too far for the women to travel to the center. These kits can greatly reduce the chance for infection, saving both the mother and child as a result. We also bought an emergency vehicle to transport the women to the local clinic in case of the true need for Caesarean section or other emergencies.
I cannot express my overwhelming feeling of pride to be a part of the manifestation of a center that will create a positive, sanitary and safe birthing experience for mothers and the opportunity for children to enter the world caught with compassion and love. This is by far one of my greatest joys, and I am continually grateful to all the people who contributed to the Global Seva Challenge and made this center possible. I pray for Miriam, her daughter and every sweet birthing Mama in the world. May God bless and protect you. May your lives be filled with good health, happiness, abundance, safety and peace. May all children ease into this world nurtured with love and guided by grace.
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Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and mystical aspects of the practice of yoga. For more on Seane Corn, visit SeaneCorn.com.