“Maternal Instinct” with Alissa Shattenberg. A Podcast.

1.2.20, The SPU Voices Podcast.

“Alissa Shattenberg is the founder of the Sarobidy Maternity Center in Madagascar. She got her nursing degree in 2000 from SPU, then went on to receive a master’s degree in nursing and a degree in midwifery. When she and her husband moved to Madagascar, where they have only one doctor for every 8,500 people and the highest teen pregnancy rate in Africa, Alissa responded to that need. The maternity center provides a yearlong program for women and children, including prenatal, labor and birth, and postpartum care.”

Amanda Stubbert: “So let’s start by just talking about what is this place. Tell us about this maternity center that is saving lives every day.”

Alissa Shattenberg: “The Sarobidy Maternity Center opened in May of 2013 and it was really in response to the need that there’s not quality and dignified medical care for women during pregnancy. Sarobidy is the Malagasy word for precious, and our premise is that this is a really precious time in life and that women are precious in the sight of the Lord. And the babies and families are precious in the sight of the Lord. And so as such, we want to surround women and we want them to know, we want them to experience compassionate medical care, and dignified medical care and competent medical care during this really precious time in their lives.”

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Seattle Pacific University, 2020 Co-Alumni of the Year, Alissa Shattenberg, ’00.

12.17.19, Seattle Pacific University.

Meet SPU’s 2020 Co-Alumni of the Year, Alissa Shattenberg ’00. A licensed midwife, family nurse practitioner, and founder and director of Madagascar’s Sarobidy Maternity Center, where she and her team provide prenatal, labor and birth, and postpartum care. Hear more about her amazing journey of following God’s calling on her life.

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Seattle Pacific University, 2020 Co-Alumni of the Year, Jamie Shattenberg, ’99.

12.17.19, Seattle Pacific University.

“Meet SPU’s 2020 Co-Alumni of the Year, Jamie Shattenberg ’99. As the international director of Eden Reforestation Projects in Madagascar, Shattenberg leads community-based efforts to plan over 240 million trees and create jobs for those who need to provide for their families. Hear more about his amazing journey of following God’s calling on his life.”

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“If You Plant It, They Will Come” with Jamie Shattenberg. A Podcast.

12.5.29, The SPU Voices Podcast.

“Jamie Shattenberg graduated from SPU with a degree in biology in 1999. He currently is the international director of Eden Reforestation Projects in Madagascar. He directs large-scale reforestation work, which provides income for over 1,200 men and women throughout the year while restoring the devastated ecosystems. To date, they have planted more than 240 million trees.”

Amanda Stubbert: “We caught up with Jamie and his wife, Alissa, in Santa Barbara, California, on a little respite break home from Madagascar. So glad to be here with you in person. Let’s start with — why focus on reforestation?”

Jamie: “Why do we focus on reforestation? For me, it’s been a passion of mine since I was a child, but living in Madagascar, it’s one of the poorest countries in the world, and I grew up in Madagascar and my best friends were from the poorest of the poor. I saw this and I know, and it’s proven all over, there’s a direct connection between poverty and deforestation.”

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Restoration in Madagascar: An Interview with Jamie Shattenberg of Eden Projects

9.5.19, WorldVenture.

“Deforestation is a constant threat to the environment and the people living in it. The world loses about 8.3 million hectares per year of forest, often spurred by increasing poverty in developing countries like Madagascar. In 2015, we shared how Eden Projects doesn’t just replant the forests, but also helps Malagasy families combat poverty. Today, stories of hope continue and the forest is growing!”

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Fighting the threat of forest fires in Madagascar with reforestation and… fire?

7.30.19, National Geographic

“After decades of deforestation, locals in Mahajanga, Madagascar, are showing the rest of the world that we can be the solution to the growing global threat of forest fires.”

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Can planting billions of trees save the planet?

6.19.19, The Guardian

“Our goal is twofold: reforestation and poverty alleviation,” says Jamie Shattenberg, international director of Eden Reforestation Projects, Madagascar. “If you’re going to do reforestation and you ignore the human issue – poverty – it’s difficult to find success, because the forest is what people turn to last if they have no other sustainable livelihood.”

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dōTERRA Wellness Advocates Use Fundraiser to Purchase Land for Community Center in Madagascar

3.16.17, dōTERRA.

“With the sponsorship of dōTERRA leader Karina Sammons and the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™, Wellness Advocates Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg purchase land for their Sarobidy Center.”

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Replanting the Forests of Madagascar

5.11.15, Inside WorldVenture.

“WorldVenture missionaries are leading one of the largest reforestation projects in the world, alleviating poverty and changing hearts as they go.”

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Healthy Moms, Babies and Forests: A Family’s Mission to Show God’s Love in Madagascar

Spring 2013, Response. Seattle Pacific University.

“Celebrating American holidays 11,000 miles away in Madagascar would be a challenge for any U.S. family. For missionaries and Seattle Pacific University graduates Jamie Shattenberg and Alissa Wuertz Shattenberg, life on the Great Red Island in the Southern Indian Ocean is sometimes described in terms of “doozies” — Alissa’s word for the special challenges of coping overseas.”

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