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“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, being abducted by armed rebels, and commencing a new life in Australia.

Holding back nothing, Aminata describes the challenges of the birth of her own child and how it catalysed her to help women and babies in Sierra Leone through the Aminata Maternal Foundation.

“We went into labour…after 9 hours it started to go really bad. I remember her not crying. There was silence in the room… We thought something had gone wrong; we had lost her. Then a few minutes later, we heard her cry. I had 7 doctors in the room to make sure I survived, and she survived. Because I was in Australia I survived, my child survived… [If I was in Sierra Leone] I would have died, she would have died.”

Listen to Aminata's moving interview with Emily Webb on BBC Outlook.

Interested in learning more about Aminata's journey? Check out her memoir 'Rising Heart'. The purchase of your copy will help the Aminata Maternal Foundation achieve its vision that 'No woman or baby dies in childbirth in Sierra Leone due to poverty.' A portion of the royalties from Rising Heart will be donated to the Aminata Maternal Foundation.

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Last year we shared with you a story about Aminata, who is the House Manager of the Aberdeen Women's Centre Hostel Girls programme. Today, the International Day of Education, we would like to introduce her pupil, another talented Aminata who graduated from the Dream Girls Programme.

Read her story and leave her a message in the comments. 🤗

Aminata is a 2018 alum of Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC)’s Hostel Girls Programme, which trains vulnerable young mothers in hospitality and provides health education, literacy, and numeracy classes. In addition to these classes every Hostel Girl receives psychosocial counselling and support.

Aminata was such an impressive and dedicated student that after graduating from the programme AWC asked her to join it’s Domestics department. Today, Aminata is a vital member of the domestics department and a beloved member of the AWC family.

Before Aminata joined the Hostel Girls Programme her mother passed away. She went to live with her Aunty who agreed to help her raise money for her schooling by selling water. Every day Aminata and her Aunt sold water on the streets of Freetown, so that she might be able to attend school.

While selling water she met a man and later became pregnant with his child. The man denied that he was the father and abandoned Aminata and her baby.

“Meeting the right helpers changes someone’s life for good. I feel proud to be a model for
other young girls. God constantly reward AWC.”

Find out more about the Dream team here
https://aminatamaternalfoundation.org/mission/our-projects/the-dream-team/

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In 2020 Sierra Leone overturned a ban prohibiting pregnant girls from attending school. However, teens are not encouraged to study when they are expecting.

According to the 2019 census, at the age of 19, nearly half of Sierra Leonean girls have started having babies. That means that almost half of them are deprived of education.

The "Dream Team Program" aims to transform their lives through income-generating skills and empowerment at the most vulnerable moment in their lives, both economically and emotionally, through rebuilding their self-esteem and confidence.

Learn more on our Highlights or visiting our Website
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*In order to comply with the government COVID restrictions the Dream Team Program is currently suspended.

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About one year ago @freedomfromfistula welcomed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex to the Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) in Sierra Leone.

During her visit she learned about the AWC programs that treat children with severe injuries caused by rape and FGM, including paralysis and incontinence. HRH's visit was essential to help raise awareness of the importance to expand the services to support child victims of rape.

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Having a baby can cause a huge impact in a women’s life, especially in young women's lives. ⁠

The @AminataFoundation came about following the birth of @AminataConteh-Biger 's two beautiful children. She envisioned women in Sierra Leone to be able to access their basic human rights. ⁠

That’s why we work tirelessly to help as many women as possible to deliver their babies with dignity and safety.

With your incredible support we not only made it through 2020, but our community grew bigger and stronger than ever. Thank you!

Please keep supporting us, motherhood should mark a beginning, not an end.


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