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 at Athol Hall in 2019. She highlighted the immediate need faced by mothers and babies in the communities that our Foundation supports.
According to UNICEF "With 1,360 mothers dying per 100,000 live births, Sierra Leone has the worst maternal mortality ratio in the world. According to the latest estimates from 2015, 1 in 17 mothers in Sierra Leone has a lifetime risk of death associated to childbirth."¹
We, as a Foundation, were delighted for this opportunity spread the knowledge of our work for the mothers and babies of the Aberdeen Women's Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Despite the difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis & the delays it had caused on our fundraising efforts, we as a community were able to continually raise money for the women and health-care workers who have been directly affected by this crisis in Sierra Leone.
Check out Aminata's posts on Business Chicks Australia's Instagram below!
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INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER by @aminata_conteh_biger – Today I was going to announce on my page the release date of my memoir, Rising Heart, but instead I will do it here! When the opportunity came for me to tell my story, I was both frightened and relieved because I realised that by putting it into a book, I would no longer be in a position to have to relive it. But it also meant that my story could bring hope and courage to anyone else who might need it. As a little girl growing up in #SierraLeone, I had a priveliged life full of priceless memories with my father. But that all changed when I was kidnapped from his hands and life took its toll but I soon realised that I had a choice – to choose hate, or live a life of fullness. Rising Heart, with @julietrieden, is published by @macmillaustralia from August 25th and will be available as an audio book. #risingheartbook
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INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER by @aminata_conteh_biger – My home country of Sierra Leone is the most dangerous place in the world to have a baby. Women there are 200 times more likely to die giving birth. My vision is simple – that every woman in Sierra Leone has as much chance for her and her baby to survive as any woman in a developed country. Yes, there is a problem, but there is also a SOLUTION and the @aminatafoundation presents this solution to Australians to help. I would love to invite you to join us to bring change. In these photos you can see some of the mothers and babies we have helped and some photos from our fundraisers. #aminatafoundation #SierraLeone
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Mabinty’s story is one of despair and hope. Mabinty was 16 years old and in Junior Secondary School when she was living with her sister and husband. She was brought to Freetown by her elder sister at the age of seven so that she could access education in the hope of a brighter future. One […]Read More
And just like that, we’re finished! Over two weeks, hundreds of us have walked thousands of kilometres as we came together a community to walk side by side with mums and babies living in poverty in Sierra Leone. My heart is full thinking of Jakia who inspired this event. It is amazing to think that […]Read More
We can’t believe how much support we’ve already received for our #AMFWalkingChallenge2020. So many people have been willing to help us fundraise for the much needed maternal health support during the COVID-19 crisis in Sierra Leone. I am so touched by everyone’s words of kindness and open hearts to a cause that is so close […]Read More
“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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More