Shanti Uganda’s Evening of Art

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1643 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
Canada

The Shanti Uganda Society will be hosting it 5th Annual Evening of Art, Dinner and Art Auction on to raise much needed funds for its life-saving maternal and infant health and HIV/AIDS programs carried out at the Shanti Uganda Birth House in Nsaasi Village, Uganda.

With an aim to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Uganda and support women living with HIV/AIDS, the work of Shanti Uganda has garnered the interest one of Vancouver’s most highly sought after artists. Ethiopian-born artist Yared Nigussu, best known for his large-scale paintings and colourful palette, believes that “saving the life of a mother and her child, is simply the most beautiful and honourable action”.

With an average 16 women dying every day in Uganda due to birth relate complications, Nigussu may be right; The Shanti Uganda Society certainly thinks so.The Shanti Uganda Birth House is a solar powered maternity centre providing mothercentered care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum. It is staffed by a team of Ugandan midwives, a traditional birth attendant, laboratory technicians and support staff. Additionally Shanti Uganda supports an HIV+ Women’s Income Generating Group, a Teen Girls Health and Empowerment program, and a sustainable community garden.In addition to two of Nigussu’s portraiture paintings and one landscape painting, the Live Art Auction will feature pieces by Martha Sturdy, Marta Baricsa, Sonja Picard, Howe Street Gallery, StoneAge Art, Bao-Xi, and many others. Open Door Yoga is a Contributing Sponsor.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Dinner from7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Location: Maurya Indian Cuisine – 1643 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: $60 – ticket includes dinner

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