Send me to Shanti!

For: Kristina Kruzan
Organizer: Kristina Kruzan
Send me to Shanti! (Kristina Kruzan)
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 67 donors
96% Complete
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The Story

It has always been a dream of mine to go to Africa and assist women there who were birthing in less than optimal circumstances. Countries in Africa have some of the lowest birth survival rates for both mothers and babies and as a birth professional, this has always felt like something I may be able to impact.

A midwife friend of mine who had spent some time at Shanti Uganda, posted to Facebook that she was planning to return to Shanti for her second trip there. Shanti Uganda Birth House & Learning Centre in Nsaasi village is a center for education, yoga, birth and healing in Kasana. The midwives at the clinic wanted some additional training on soft skills - doula skills- to keep moving in a direction where women who birth there are treated gently and with the utmost respect, where the natural rhythm of birth is honored and where emergencies are handled quickly and with as little disruption to the birth space as possible.

I can not go to Shanti without your help.

The members of the team each are working to raise $5000 for this trip. This amount will cover:
  • Flight from Seattle to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Hotel
  • Food, including someone who can cook for us as we'll be back and forth to the clinic at all hours
  • Driver who will see us safely between airport and hotel, and from the hotel to the clinic so that we are not walking at night.
  • Workshops that we will attend at Shanti
  • Revenue for Shanti

    Our group is discussing the kinds of workshops we can provide based on what the Shanti midwives have requested and the skills we have within our group. We are also excited about the workshops they will be doing for us and knowing that our visit will help bring in sorely needed funds to Shanti. Here are some of the workshops we have discussed to either offer or attend:
  • 2-day birth doula skills workshop
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Breastfeeding in light of HIV
  • Team building
  • One-day childbirth education class for local women
  • State of Maternal Health in Uganda
  • Herb garden and its uses at Shanti

    As you can see this will be an enormous exchange of information that will enrich all of us. I am so honored to be considered to be a part of this adventure, and I hope you will consider making a donation today so that I can participate.
  • Fundraiser Updates

    Posted on July 17, 2012

    Posted on July 17, 2012

    It's been a long time since I've updated and the funds are still trickling in! I've organized several fundraisers that are in progress or still as of yet to be executed and I have every hope that I'll hit my target goal of $5000.

    I created a website which you can find
    here - still working out details on my Pin Up Fundraiser but I can tell you about the other things that are in progress or ready to go:

    1. Silent Auction
    I'm hosting a silent auction on my
    Send me
    to Shanti Facebook page which I hope you'll "Like". All the current happenings are posted there.  Current offerings include gift certificates to Valholl Brewing, Sugardaddy's Salon, Chocolate Lily Childbirth for placenta encapsulation services, three different henna artist, jewelry, notebooks, time with a master gardener and more. I have had a few more offers of different things to add so I'm hoping those details are hammered out soon so that I can get them listed!

    2. Portrait Fundraiser

    Spend $20 and get 15-minute session and 8 x 10, or $50 for a 30-minute session and 2 free sheets of photos. You can find this on my

    3. Rummage &
    Bake Sale - August 24 & 25th at The Clothes Line in Silverdale

    I'm gathering up goodies (that are in sellable condition, please don't saddle me with your throw-aways!) and tasty delicious goodies, too! I have about 7 people who have committed to baking delicious offerings just for this sale, and will be gathering up your interesting items to sell as well. If you have something you'd like to donate and it's clean, and in a condition you would purchase, shoot me an email at [email protected] or post on my Facebook page. I hope to see you at the sale!

    4. YouCaring for cash donations

    I'm collecting cash donations at, where you can see how much money I've raised so far and post your own donation as well. This is the quickest and easiest way to donate!

    I'm humbly grateful to every person who has donated their time, services, and talents to helping me make this trip a reality. I hope you feel inspired and connected to this trip by becoming a part of it through your generosity!

    Posted on May 29, 2012

    Posted on May 29, 2012

    Thank you all for the amazing and generous donations so far! Today I was able to make the $500 deposit to hold my spot on this trip. It's being promoted world-wide so the spaces are very limited (only 10) and I'm really grateful to be able to get in early. Thank you! 

    I'm also organizing a few fundraisers that I hope will get me a lot closer to my goal.

    - June 1-31 will be organizing the silent auction on Facebook. I have some good stuff! Jewelry, services, hand-made notebooks, a henna session with me- that's just a taste!

    - $20 Portrait Session with Elaine Turso Photography. This will get you a 15-minute session and a free 8x10. 100% of those proceeds go to my Shanti fundraiser! You can choose afterward more photos and 20% of those purchases will go to my fundraiser as well.

    - $50 Pin-up Session (with free makeup and hairdos!) with Raina Skye Photography. I think the date for this event is July 7th and spaces are limited, so email me if you are interested in this. 

    - August 24-25, Rummage & Bake Sale at The Clothes Line in Old Town Silverdale, many thanks to Ellecia Williams for offering to host.  I'm gathering up my favorite bakers to contribute some delicious offerings just for you, and if you have donations that are in a condition that YOU would purchase, please contact me about what you have and we'll arrange to pick it up.

    If you have questions, donations, or want to help with any of these events please email me! [email protected]

    Posted on May 13, 2012

    Posted on May 13, 2012

    Another donation in today! I have to say, when they come in, it literally makes oxytocin rush through me- I feel warm and fuzzy and loved and it's pretty awesome!

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