My last post for January! Can you believe one month of 2013 is done & gone?!  In a bit of brief housekeeping, I have 2 more ‘When God Speaks’ guests post coming up in addition to a slew of new content I’m working on as I invite you alongside me to live purposefully, gracefully & beautifully.  In other words, yes, I plan to do more than just invite guest posters & advocacy posts in 2013! In fact, I have BIG plans for you…mu hu ha ha ha! Not really, but for-reals stay tuned for the upcoming Weight Watcher’s reveal, and other pearl clasping moments.  Until then, a call to look purposefully at the vulnerable. {Apologies in advance, could NOT figure out the wacko formatting on this post}
Alongside my lovely Global Team of 200/Social Good Mom’s we are spotlighting a fantastic organization, Shanti Uganda which 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.
Shanti Uganda has assisted in bringing 113 new lives into the world safely and peacefully, tested over 400 mothers and partners for HIV and other STIs, provided 1000 antenatal care appointments and run a weekly infant immunization and family planning program. Now they need to expand their services to meet the increasing needs of the community.
This area holds a special place in my heart as I traveled to this region of Africa many moons ago as a snotty-nosed teen-ager on an 8 week missions trip.  Even though I barely knew what side of the tent to roll over on, my time there left a deep impression in my heart for that little spot on the globe and the utterly vulnerable souls which it contains.
We visited the beautiful Lake Victoria, below, which borders Uganda.  We also took in a few other landmarks Kenya & Uganda share.  It was Uganda-ish.  It is unlikely I’ll ever forget all I saw and experienced that summer.  I’m still rooting for them.  And the vulnerable has my heart, in big part, thanks to that fateful trip.
That is why I appreciate Shanti Uganda’s vision & mission so completely.  Shanti Uganda promotes locally initiated projects to build solidarity and ownership.  Their on-the-ground work is done by the local communities as they promote respect for the earth & long-term sustainability for generations to come.  There isn’t a better model than that when you look at organizations that have succeeded in bringing long-term solutions to challenging places.

Moving forward Shanti Uganda would like our help to:

 You can learn more about Shanti Uganda  on their website, on Facebook or  Twitter.
                                                                                                                           Image Credit here & here.

What type of issues & organizations do you give to, love to chat or blog about or feel especially passionate about?

  • Jerry

    I wonder often how in the world can we impact the world for good? One little spot at a time. Barbara and I sponsor a child through Compassion International. The United Way giving I designate to a local Hospice organization. There is a lot of giving going on out there! Thank you for sharing about this place on the planet.

    • Grace Sandra

      Your right, Jerry, it is one little spot at a time…and then maybe later it expands but I have often thought about my need to faithful with my “little” spots before desiring grander ones! We also sponsor kids but through world vision. I have loved getting to know all the various org’s around the world doing GOOD work…such a reminder that God is overseeing & ever present with his “little” earth. =)

  • Jennifer Peterson

    Thank you for sharing I’am always trying to learn about different missions groups…. love your heart and you!

    • Grace Sandra

      thanks, Jenn! Right back atcha babe!

  • wow girls

    Say, you got a nice post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.