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Freetown, Sierra Leone - 25th April 2019

Greetings from Sierra Leone. Amii, Juliet and I arrived safely in Freetown 2 days ago.

As I lie in bed - it’s 5am, 2 women are labouring on the veranda below, a rhythmic howling interspersed with the call to prayer from the local mosque.

From our chats and observations so far, things are worse than normal here. There is a critical drought after the failure of the rains last season. The dam that supplies the city is expected to run dry in the next month. The Aberdeen Women's Centre are suffering too as their tanks are all but dry. Happily, the government installed a bore here for them earlier this year but the water runs dry each day after 15 minutes of use.

We met Morlai last night who is here for a few weeks. As always, he knows exactly what is going on - he had just come from a catch up with his old school friend, now the Minister of Information, and shared his thoughts generously.  The economy is in poor shape with urban youth unemployment running at an estimated 65%. Inflation sky high - no one seems to know. We bought loads of beautiful fabric, cost us over half a million leones, or $60.

We met with the Dream Team yesterday, here for their weekly antenatal class. They spend 3 hours together in their new purpose-built classroom - basic but spacious. They were hand sewing baby clothes when we arrived, having had 2 hours of birthing classes, some schooling and a good lunch.

We are off to the slums today on a nationally coordinated antimalarial campaign for World Malaria Day. We look forward to keeping you updated through the rest of our trip here.

Penny Gerstle

Chair 

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Congrats to everyone who participated! Let us express our gratitude, heartfelt thanks and appreciation to every one of you for the part you played and continue to play in fulfilling Aminata's vision and our organisation’s mission. Each day we are getting closer to our goals and by purchasing a copy of the book, you contribute to improving maternal and newborn healthcare in Sierra Leone.

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In Sierra Leone, 1 in 8 mother’s die from child birth. In Australia, this figure is 1 in 8700. This devastating statistic highlights the reality for so many mother’s and babies in Sierra Leone. With your help, we can start to put an end to infant mortality in Sierra Leone. Motherhood should mark a beginning, not an end.
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We are giving away up to 5 copies of Rising Heart as a prize for both the winners and the winning tagged account(s).

To enter, tag anyone who is a supportive light in your life, like, share and follow our account @aminatafoundation.

Enter as many times as you like on each account’s posts this month. 1 tag per comment, 1 comment per entry.

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Two African women.

Same continent.

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If you missed Fridays LIVE Radio Show: Business, Sex & Being Human on @bondiradio.

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Aminata is an author, activist, speaker, performer, and former refugee turned Founder & CEO of the Aminata Maternal Foundation.

And on 29 April 2021, at the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, she was awarded Agenda Setter of the Year Award, for her work establishing the Aminata Maternal Foundation, saving the lives of hundreds of mothers and babies in her home country, Sierra Leone. The judges noted her “ethos and integrity, and how she personifies joy.” They spoke about her going out by herself from Australia, harnessing a deeply traumatic past for the “benefit of wider society and to make the lives of women in her home country safer.”

I hope that this episode of the show moves you as deeply as it moved me, and ignites you to do whatever is required for you to stand more deeply in your power so that you can impact humanity and the planet on a greater scale.

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With love and excitement for your imminent next level of growth.

Listen to your inner whispers and take courageous action beautiful human.

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(#Replay: https://www.instagram.com/tv/COUptw2AhR4/)
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