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Our CEO and Founder Aminata Conteh-Biger is the inspiration behind what we do. Aminata lived a healthy and happy life in Freetown, Sierra Leone with her father. Though her life was changed when she was only a teenager.

In 1999 a civil war, which would last 11 years, broke out. Aminata was captured by rebel militia and held hostage for several months. Rescued by UNHCR, she ended up in Australia as a refugee. 

Welcomed by the Australian community, Aminata follows a ‘giveback’ philosophy. She is always uplifting people around her. She has volunteered for the UN and is a board member of a social enterprise that supports new migrants and refugees, The Social Outfit, in Sydney. 

Aminata’s experience giving birth to her first child in Australia was an eye-opening moment for her. She and her daughter first-handly experienced exceptional maternal care when their lives were in danger during childbirth. Aminata began to educate herself on maternal health in her home country, Sierra Leone and learned of the devastating state of the maternal health system as a result of the civil war. 

Our foundation empowers women by supporting their health and well-being. We aim to improve some of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in the world by working with the community on the ground.

Aminata is launching her first book in April with Pan Mcmillan. She will be the first female Sierra Leonean refugee to publish her story. 

We can’t wait to read about Aminata’s journey through hardship and her emergence on the other side. 

You can find out more about her inspiring story by watching the SBS documentary ‘Daughter of Sierra Leone’ and The Baukham Hills African Ladies Troupe based on the renowned theatre production with the same name by Ros Horin.

 

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The Grace Tales podcast has just signed up to the AMF Walking Challenge! Thank you @georgieabay for your ongoing support.

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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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