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We are overjoyed to announce our Bluff & Swagger African Lunch Event on October 3rd celebrating the resilience and enthusiasm of the people of Sierra Leone.

The event is part of a new campaign to raise funds to provide a safe home for pregnant teenagers and new mothers to be able to give birth safely and have proper postnatal care.

There are very few facilities in rural areas in Sierra Leone where women can safely give birth and receive through pre and postnatal care. Pregnant women are then forced to travel great distances in order to reach a hospital to safely deliver their babies. The Aberdeen Women's Centre is one of the few places where pregnant women will receive the care and support they need.

However, it’s often the case that they have no choice but to sleep on nearby beaches or on the street which is very dangerous for their safety and health due to the lack of free accommodation.

This event will raise funds to build a Training Hostel which will be a training centre for vulnerable and destitute teenage mothers and fistula patients.  

The Aberdeen Women’s Centre has secured and refurbished a house to become a hostel that will provide much more than free accommodation, but a safe environment where the women can gain more skills training to ensure a sustainable future for them.

The Aberdeen Women’s Centre plans to train residents of the hostel as ‘house girls’ and run a social enterprise business employing the women, providing security and safety.

Our new mothers and their babies will be cared for, helped back to school, given employment training and helped to find safe jobs.

We invite you and your friends to join us at our Bluff & Swagger African Fashion Lunch! If you wish to buy tickets and join us in fundrasing for the young women and children of Sierra Leone follow the button below!

Help us change lives in Sierra Leone, as we aim to raise $50,000 towards this critical programme.

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READ MORE ABOUT WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO

Aminata on BBC World Service

October 13, 2020

“A mother and a child dying, that never made sense to me. How can women still continue  to struggle for something that is preventable? No mother or their baby should die in childbirth just because of poverty” – Aminata Conteh-Biger In an in-depth interview with BBC Outlook, Aminata talks about her childhood in Sierra Leone, […]

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‘Rising Heart’ and raising spirits in the Women’s Weekly

August 14, 2020

Have you seen the September issue of Women’s Weekly yet? This month features a six-page special on the life & journey of Aminata. She talks about her life during the war in Sierra Leone, her settlement in Australia as a refugee, and what inspired her to start the Aminata Maternal Foundation. Having our Founder in […]

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Available to order

July 28, 2020

29 sleeps to go until my memoir, Rising Heart, will be released & in your hands! I feel so excited and humbled to share my story with you. Order now You know that my story is a message of hope and resilience despite experiencing extreme trauma. My dream is for every mother in Sierra Leone to […]

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Your help is vital in Sierra Leone

June 25, 2020

Donate today A special thank you to our supporters who have already generously donated to our emergency COVID-19 appeal. As we head into the end of the financial year, now is the perfect time to make a tax-deductible gift. We are only $20,000 short of our target for this Tax Appeal campaign – any gift […]

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Business Chicks Australia Instagram Take Over

June 17, 2020

Thanks to Business Chicks Australia for the opportunity to amplify refugee voices in Aminata Conteh-Biger‘s take over of the Business Chick’s Instagram on the 16th of June. Aminata shared some images from our inaugural Bluff & Swagger African Fashion Lunch at SCEGGS in 2018, our first AMF Mother’s Day Walk in 2019, and second Bluff & Swagger Lunch […]

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Rising Heart out August 25

June 14, 2020

You’ve waited very patiently and we’re delighted to share that Rising Heart will be released on 25 August 2020. Please join us in pre-ordering Aminata’s memoir ‘Rising Heart’ ASAP, and if you are super organised and have already done so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We trust you are just as excited as we […]

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I have just signed up for the #AMFWalkingChallenge2020 from 1st November to 14th November inspired by this incredible woman @aminata_conteh_biger, the CEO of the @aminatafoundation, and also my own birth story.

Six weeks after my second baby Lottie was born prematurely, I experienced a late post-partum haemorrhage and was rushed to hospital. I was there for a week, and in that time, the bleeding wouldn’t stop. I was given five blood transfusions and eventually, underwent a curette to remove the retained placenta. It was the scariest thing I've ever gone through and I'll never forget it. 

​If I was in Sierra Leone, I wouldn’t have survived. I wouldn’t have had the medical care I did.

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Our CEO and Founder @aminata_conteh_biger will be speaking at Bridging Careers.

Friday 23rd October at 2 pm

BridgingCareers invited Australia’s best motivational speakers to come together to offer FREE
career advice in week-long career webinar. Monday 19th – Friday 23rd October 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Other speakers include Olympic Gold Medallist & Comedian Steven Bradbury, Former news presenter, columnist and author Jacinta Tynan and Former Socceroo and radio broadcaster Craig Foster, Top 11 Female AFR of the year 2019 and Refugee Advocate, Nyadol Nyuon along with the country’s top HR & Recruitment Professionals.

The event is FREE and live on YouTube, in partnership with @cisco.

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As you know, Aminata's book 'Rising Heart' has received incredible media coverage. The launch of her memoir brought the Foundation in the spotlight.

Rebecca Bodman wrote a beautiful article about our extraordinary Aminata and the story behind her smile, which includes the Aminata Foundation.
Thank you, @businesschicks for your ongoing support.

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Listen to the extraordinary story of our inspiring CEO Aminata on @BBCoutlook. With Emily Webb.
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If you missed out Aminata's author talk with Nicole Abadee at the State Library of NSW, check out @nicoleabadee's Books Books Books podcast.

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We met Jakia in the alleyways of Kroo Bay, widely regarded as the most disadvantaged postcode in the world. She was 5 months pregnant with her third child. Her first child was washed away in a flood. Her second baby died at birth, as the nurse tried to push her baby out by pressing vigorously. Jakia hadn’t been able to get to a safe hospital. She was in labour and couldn’t walk the 6.4 kilometres to get there.

A midwife arranged for Jakia to deliver her third baby in the safest maternity hospital in Sierra Leone - our very own partner at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre! 4 months later Jakia had a healthy baby girl.

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A heartfelt thanks with a heart
At our last visit to the AWC Hostel, the girls presented our CEO and Founder @aminata_conteh_biger with a gorgeous handcrafted heart.
It reads "Aminata Maternal Foundation, a mother to many. With love AWC Hostel Girls.

Look at these beautiful happy faces!! Together we are providing these brave teens with more than a home. It is a new beginning.

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