12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas giving

Christmas is the time of year for giving. This year you can make a simple gesture that would be part of an extraordinary change with AMF and donate monthly.

HOW YOUR DONATION CHANGES LIVES

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Seeds of hope | Kadiatu's story

Kadiatu has been living in our training hostel for just over 12 months. She was almost 15 years old when she fell pregnant. The teen had to stop attending school because in Sierra Leone schoolgirls are banned from attending class and sitting exams, and her parents forced her to move out.

She was homeless until The Aberdeen Women’s Centre took her in.

Kadiatu attends classes every day and is training to gain economic independence whilst taking care of her beautiful boy, Humu.
Kadiatu’s spirit and drive is higher than ever and is living proof of what happens when a seed of ‘HOPE’ is sowed in a person’s life.

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The Aberdeen Women’s Centre

AWC takes a holistic approach to the care of women and children. It provides the highest standards of maternal healthcare for the women of #sierraleone, thus preventing delivery complications such as the occurrence of obstetric fistula, and ensuring a safe environment for childbirth.

The AWC has a training programme for local midwives which will contribute to the development of long-term, sustainable maternity care in the country.

The Aberdeen Women’s Centre also runs an outpatient children’s clinic providing a primary care facility for children in the surrounding community, including immunisations and health education.

The Aberdeen Women’s Centre is funded by @freedomfromfistula, with support from @unfpa , UKAID and others including the @aminatafoundation
You can contribute to improving the health and well-being of women and children by sharing our work or donating.

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Why supporting maternal health will change lives

In Sierra Leone, on average, only 83% of births happen in a health facility.
A large proportion of maternal and neonatal deaths occur during the first 48 hours after delivery.
Studies have shown that proper medical attention, and hygienic conditions during delivery reduce the risk of complications and infections that can be life-threatening.
We work to provide medical care, equipment and facilities where they are lacking. Many women are unaware that they need these facilities and how to access them, so part of our work is in communicating these important messages and working with communities to disseminate life-saving information to others in appropriate and creative ways.

Our vision is that every woman in Sierra Leone has as much chance for her and her baby to survive as any woman in a developed country.

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Healthcare is a human right.

All women need access to assisted deliveries, anti-natal and post-natal care.

Access to proper medical attention and hygienic conditions during delivery can reduce the risk of complications and infections that may lead to death or serious illness for the mother and/or baby.

By making a donation you can help more mothers to access their human rights. Take a stand for the rights of women all around the world, and help by donating today.

1 year of sponsorship will provide 24 women with a safe and hygienic birth for their baby.

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Less than $2 a day will make an extraordinary change

For as little as $35 a month you can provide access for 5 children to visit a GP free of cost.

In Sierra Leone, 12.2% of children die before they turn 5. You can help us change the statistics through a simple but life-changing gift this Christmas.

By joining our regular giving community, you will enable five children to primary paediatric care for children born in the centre and the surrounding communities where quality health care services are unavailable.

Give a gift of real impact this Christmas by joining our Regular Giving community.

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AMF WALK 4 MUMS 

In May of this year, AMF ran our inaugural charity walk through Sydney city, flooding the streets with a sea of yellow. Paris, a nursing student when asked what inspired her to arrange ou fundraising walk

“In Australia, we are so fortunate. If childbirth-related complications arise there is a multitude of surgeons, doctors, midwives and nurses as well as other services, immediately available to ensure safe deliveries for both mother and child.

In Sierra Leone, there is one Obstetrician to every 400,000 people,
this stark comparison means that many childbirth complications go unattended to resulting in fistulas and death. By supporting AMF we are trying to change this!”

There are so many ways you can show your support & be part of an extraordinary change. Find out how you can get involved today.

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The Dream Girls

The Dream Team project, launched in 2016, supports pregnant girls aged 11-18, with pre and post-natal education, a safe birth, access to surgical intervention if necessary, a feeding program (70% will be chronically malnourished) and continued access to education. Many of these girls face social and economic problems, and the Aberdeen Women’s Centre provides support to reintegrate them to their communities post-birth.

On top of access to first-rate health care, these young women participate in a range of activities focused on social awareness, literacy and numeracy and health education, all taught by our on-site teaching staff.

A number will also engage in a range of skills training including handicrafts, needlework, soap making, doormat design and production and cloth weaving.

We take a holistic approach to the well-being of our Dream Team, transforming their health through access to safe birthing while enabling continued education. We empower these young women economically and emotionally, rebuilding their self-esteem and confidence at a time of high vulnerability.

The achievements we have made to improve the lives of the teenage mothers in Sierra Leone is a direct result of the commitment of our dedicated donors, for which we are sincerely grateful. Read more about the dream girls or help us continue support more girls.

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Abie's Story

Abie was only 16 years old when she got pregnant for the first time. It was both a scary and tough time for her, and because of the pregnancy, she got pulled out of school. Being out of school was heartbreaking for young Abie who is eager to learn and dreams about becoming a teacher.

Abie was in labour for 4 days, before her parents decided to take her to the hospital. By the time she got there, it was already too late and Abie had to give birth to baby that has already passed away. 

Because of the long labour she now suffered from a fistula injury. Obstetric Fistula is a hole developed over many days of obstructed labour when the pressure of the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvis cuts off blood supply to delicate tissues in the region.

She is no longer embarrassed by her appearance and has gained a lot of confidence. She’s excited to go back to her family and to join the school as a stronger self, filled with confidence. Your donation enabled us to change Abie's life. Help girls like Abie today.

 

How can you be part of this extraordinary change?

Your monthly donation will contribute to long-term, empowering solutions for the mothers and babies of Sierra Leone.

All donations over $2 made the The Aminata Maternal Foundation are tax deductible. All proceeds support the well-being of women and children, boost health resources, and contribute to the decrease of unacceptable infant and maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone