The Grace Tales podcast has just signed up to the AMF Walking Challenge! Thank you @georgieabay for your ongoing support.
Join team @thegracetales or create your own. Let's walk for mums!
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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.
Get involved and sign up via the link in bio ✨ 📸 @julieadamsphotographer...
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.
Walk a total of 89.6 kilometers over 2 weeks from the 1st November to 14th November. That’s 6.4 kilometers a day - the distance that Jakia (see previous post) and women like her walk to get to our hospital from Kroo Bay.
Do it all in one hit, a bit every day or however you like, but think of the women of Sierra Leone walking whilst in labour.
You can track your kilometers on your fundraising profile and don’t forget to share photos of you walking using our hashtag #amfwalkingchallenge to remind your friends and family of the amazing effort you’re putting in.
Set an individual or team fundraising target. Any individual or team who raises $500 or more will receive a signed copy of Aminata’s book ‘Rising Heart’.
Every step you take helps us safely deliver the babies of women like Jakia, and challenges you to get fit along the way.
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.
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.
The Aminata Maternal Foundation recognises the strength, wellbeing and productivity of women, because of this the AMF has taken the step to ensure that every mother has the opportunity to access safe maternal health services.
Maternal health shouldn’t just be a woman’s issue, it requires every one of us to come together to ensure that the lives of mothers and children are preserved. As a team, we can conquer unsafe delivery and protect the next generation.
The Aminata Maternal Foundation’s walk is an opportunity for everyone to stand for what we believe in, for safe motherhood and prolonged child health in Sierra Leone.
💛We can walk alone but get further when we walk together.
Folow our hashtag #amfwalkingchallenge. Help us spread this campaign. 🤗
The Aberdeen Women’s Centre is now the second busiest maternity unit in Sierra Leone and the safest, with a lower maternal mortality than the country average.
The AWC serves the poorest women and girls of Sierra Leone by providing free maternal health care.
It also provides free care to more than 20,000 children each year from the Aberdeen and surrounding communities, as well as all babies born in the hospital, through its outpatient children’s clinic.
During the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone saw a 66% increase in teenage pregnancies due to school lockdowns and social disruption. Now we are preparing for a COVID-19 baby boom about Christmas time this year.
Invite your friends and join our AMF Walking Challenge 2020, that is happening from November 1st through to November 14th.
Each of us is capable of doing great things alone, but it is only when we work collaboratively that even greater things can be achieved.