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Erica Sufani

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Black History Month

By Erica Sufani / February 9, 2020

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 […]

International Day of Education

By Erica Sufani / January 23, 2020

Education is a human right. Without inclusive and accessible education that provide lifelong opportunities, the cycle of poverty leaves many children and adults around the world at a great disadvantage. […]

Richard Fidler and Aminata Conteh-Biger before ABC Conversations Interview about her story of overcoming being kidnaped as a teenager in Sierra Leone

ABC Conversations Interview- Surviving kidnap in Sierra Leone

By Erica Sufani / October 25, 2019

Have you had the chance to listen to Aminata’s interview with ABC Conversations’ Richard Fidler? Aminata spoke to Richard last year in a special audio interview about her capture by […]

Bluff & Swagger 2019

By Erica Sufani / October 6, 2019

Aminata Maternal Foundation’s Bluff & Swagger Fashion Lunch was a celebration to remember. Our Cheer Squad, the team of volunteers, models, African drummers and supporters filled the room with the […]

Save the date – Bluff & Swagger 2019

By Erica Sufani / June 23, 2019

Aminata Maternal Foundation warmly invites you to Bluff and Swagger on Friday, September 6th, at Athol Hall, Ashton Park, Mosman. $150.00 per ticket $1450.00 for table of 10 $2000 corporate […]

Cherishing Mother’s Day Morning Tea

By Erica Sufani / May 30, 2019
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Thank you so very much for coming to our annual Cherishing Mother’s Day Morning Tea. Your wonderful presence made the day even more magical. We are grateful for your support […]

AMF Mother’s Day Walk

By Erica Sufani / May 29, 2019

A massive thank you to all the attendees and donors who helped make our Aminata Maternal Foundation Mother’s Day Walk such a huge success! We’re still in disbelief at the […]

Day 3 – House Manager Aminata’s story

By Erica Sufani / May 28, 2019

HOUSE MANAGER – AMINATA’S STORY I have sat here for ages wondering where to begin Aminata’s story, the house manager of AMF’s Accommodation and Training Hostel. I want to do […]

Day 2 – Update from Sierra Leone

By Erica Sufani / April 26, 2019

26th April 2019 Speaking to the mothers at the clinic We began the day in the maternity ward, talking to the new mothers, hearing their stories and doting on their […]

Update from Sierra Leone

By Erica Sufani / April 25, 2019

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, […]

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“I knew that if I had given birth in Sierra Leone, it is highly likely that one or both of us would not have survived. That was the catalyst for me to start the Aminata Maternal Foundation.”

Our CEO and founder of the Aminata Maternal Foundation has shared her story as a refugee and as a mother with Marie Claire Australia. Fleeing from the civil war in Sierra Leone, Aminata speaks to Marie Claire about how despite hardship and uncertainty, she found safety in coming to Australia. Read more about Aminata's story and her drive to setting up the Aminatation Maternal Foundation in our bio! 💛👆 #maternalhealth #sierraleone

https://www.marieclaire.com.au/women-experiences-refugees-australia
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💛 👏 THANK YOU! 💛 👏

Zainab, who was barely 15 years old and 43-weeks pregnant, would of had to walk 125km to give birth safely. Luckily, the Aminata Maternal Foundation were able to transport Zainab to the Aberdeen Women’s Centre who gave her the free operation needed to save Zainab and her baby.

Over the last 3 weeks, YOUR walking and donations will help girl likes Zainab to safely delivery their babies 🤱

We cannot thank you all enough for stepping up this November. 👏 We have loved seeing your daily walks in the rain, hail or shine (and even with your dogs!🐶)

Together, we have managed to raise over $75 000! That’s about
🤱🩺 2500 x health check ups for 5 children
🤱🩺 150 x caesarean births (C-Sections)
🤱🩺 38 x fistula repair operations

#amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether #fundraisingforacause #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs #wedidit
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Can you believe it! We have reached our goal of $75,000! That’s 150 c-sections or the salary of 30 midwives for a year! 😱

Thank you for being so dedicated in joining our cause to save the lives of mothers and babies in Sierra Leone. We truly have made leaps and strides this year! 🏆🎉

By making even a small donation we can improve maternal mortality in increasing access to medical services as well as education for women and girls in Sierra Leone 🤱🩺

Your donations also go towards our current projects including:
🙌 Accommodation and Hostel Training: supporting vulnerable young women by providing a safe home for 6 months, postnatal care, continued schooling or vocational training.
🙌 Midwife training: giving new graduates a month-long practical placement at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre.
🙌 Dream Team: giving first-rate health care to young mothers as well as education in literacy, numeracy and health education, all taught by our on-site teaching staff.
🙌 Freedom from Fistula: to restore a woman’s dignity through fistula repair surgery and care

💛 But it’s not over just yet! 💛 Your profile pages are still open on our fundraising page … so there is still time to donate and share Zainab’s story!

#amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether #fundraisingforacause #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs #wedidit
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🏆 🤗 Congratulations to all of our prize winners who did some awesome fundraising and participating in our #AMFWalkingChallenge2021! 🤗 🏆

Thank you for being so dedicated in joining our cause to save the lives of mothers and babies in Sierra Leone.

🎉 The luxurious Lamav range gift pack donated by @sarahhumphriesagency -- Ingrid Kristiansen
🎉 $500 @witcheryfashion gift card -- Lucy Tarrant
🎉 A gorgeous dress from the @_aje_ ‘Reimagined’ collection -- Carla Field
🎉 A @podorganics ‘Sweet Pea and Me’ range -- Maria Von Lucken
🎉 Luxury @samsonite_au suitcase -- Nathan
🎉 2 Headwraps and tutorial donated by @2sydneystylists -- Jessica Roberts
🎉 Burt’s Bees Goodie Box from @the6amagency -- Anjali Rao
🎉 Package from Rodan + Fields donated by @the6amagency -- Lily Meszaros
🎉 @embraceforeverycurl Combo set -- Inbal Osmo
🎉 @embraceforeverycurl Combo set-- Portia Elliot
🎉 Bouquet of flowers from @floraldesirestudio -- Eloise Farley
🎉 Bouquet of flowers from @floraldesirestudio -- The Fitzgeralds

🙌 🙌 But it’s not over yet… your profiles and our fundraising page will remain active for a few weeks so there’s still time to reach our $75 000 goal!

#amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether #fundraisingforacause #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs #wedidit
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Can you believe it!? After 3 weeks of walking, running, skipping, it’s the last day of our annual #AMFWalkingChallenge. We did it! 😱

We cannot thank you all enough for stepping up this November. 👏 We have managed to raise $71 220! That’s over:

🤱🩺 2374 x health check ups for 5 children
🤱🩺 142 x caesarean births (C-Sections)
🤱🩺 35 x fistula repair operations

👀 Remember to watch closely tomorrow as we announce the prize winners...you could be a lucky winner to receive one of the many gifts and goodies donated by our wonderful sponsors:

💛Sarah Humphries PR @sarahhumphriesagency
💛 Embrace for Every Curl @embraceforeverycurl 💛 Floral Desire @floraldesirestudio 💛Witchery @witcheryfashion
💛Aje @_aje_
💛Pod Organic @podorganics
💛Art Club @heidimiddletonartclub
💛Kulani Kinis @kulanikinis
💛Samsonite @samsonite_au
💛Active Truth @activetruth
💛Hemp Oz @hempoz
💛Beauticate @beauticate
💛2 Sydney Stylists @2sydneystylists
💛twoface LABEL @twofacelabel
💛6 AM agency @the6amagency
#amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether #fundraisingforacause #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs #wedidit
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It’s Day 19 and we are nearing the end of our 2021 #AMFWalkingChallenge! We have made leaps and strides this year, exceeding our $60 000 goal! 🏆🎉

By making even a small donation we can improve maternal mortality in increasing access to medical services as well as education for women and girls in Sierra Leone 🤱🩺

Your donations also go towards our current projects including:
🙌   Accommodation and Hostel Training: supporting vulnerable young women by providing a safe home for 6 months, postnatal care, continued schooling or vocational training.
🙌   Midwife training: giving new graduates a month-long practical placement at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre.
🙌   Dream Team: giving first-rate health care to young mothers as well as education in literacy, numeracy and health education, all taught by our on-site teaching staff.
🙌   Freedom from Fistula: to restore a woman’s dignity through fistula repair surgery and care

Can’t walk in the challenge this year? 🤔 Every donation adds up and is felt by the women in Sierra Leone! 💛

#amfwalkingchallenge2021 #amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether
#fundraisingforacause #covidsafe #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs
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It’s Day 18 of the #AMFWalkingChallenge2021 and collectively we have well and truly surpassed our goal of $60 000 raised! 🎉🎉🎉

This is equivalent to the cost of over 120 cesarean births...that’s over 120 mothers, including young girls like Zainab, who can now safely give birth in Sierra Leone. 👏 🤗

Did you know:
💡 1 in 10 children in Sierra Leone won’t see their 5th birthday.
💡 Mothers are 200 times more likely to die in childbirth than Australian mothers
💡 11,000 newborns die each year from preventable birthing complications

It is our vision that no mother or child in Sierra Leone dies during childbirth due to poverty. With each step we make, we get closer to this goal.

In walking together for the #AMFwalkingchallenge2021, we can improve maternal mortality in increasing access to medical services as well as education for women and girls in Sierra Leone 🤱🩺

💛 Not enough time to walk this year? Every donation adds up and is felt by the women in Sierra Leone! 💛

#amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether
#fundraisingforacause #covidsafe #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs
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🏃🏃🏾‍♀️ With less than a week to go in our #amfwalkingchallenge2021, we want to take a moment to reflect on where your fantastic fundraising is going...

🤝 Our partners at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre opened their maternal unit in 2010 to provide the highest standards of maternal healthcare for women in Sierra Leone. 🤝

With our support, they:

🙌 provide the only comprehensive fistula repair service in Sierra Leone
🙌 give midwife training graduates a month-long practical placement at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre.
🙌 Safely deliver more than 200 babies each month
🙌 Treat more than 12 000 children each year in their outpatient children’s clinic, including immunisation services and health education.

It’s not too late to sign up to walk or make a donation! 💛 Check out the link in our bio.

#amfwalkingchallenge #walkwithpurpose #walkwithpurpose2021 #maternalhealth #strongertogether #fundraisingforacause #covidsafe #signup #zainab #SierraLeone #amfwalkformumbsandbubs
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