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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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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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Motherhood should mark a beginning, not an end.

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A better world is possible. Together we can do it.

"If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never end."
Akiane Kramarik
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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
https://aminatamaternalfoundation.org/mission/our-projects/the-dream-team/

*In order to comply with the government COVID restrictions the Dream Team Program is currently suspended.

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We wish that in 2021 more children can have a safe start in life.

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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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Our CEO's memoir is also available at @cityofvincentlibrary

An inspiring story to start 2021

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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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