After taking its first steps towards rebuilding after an eleven year-long civil war, Sierra Leone was overwhelmed with the devastating Ebola outbreak which resulted in almost 4000 deaths and left over 12,000 children orphaned.
The consequences for children in Sierra Leone continue to be dire, with young girls the ones that suffer the most with no one to care for them. Young girls were too often subjected to rape, forced into marriage and abandoned.
Mabinty (left) and Mary (right), both teenagers, were forced to leave their family homes and commence a life on the streets of Freetown after each was discovered to be pregnant.
Although not an uncommon occurrence in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, there are little to no support structures in place for young girls in these situations. With little hope for their own futures, the girls’ focus is on the health and safety of their unborn babies.
For Mabinty and Mary, hope is found at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre – a comprehensive maternity hospital that provides free healthcare to pregnant women and children along with skills and training to help women take control of their financial future after the birth of their baby.
The Aminata Maternal Foundation helps fund the Aberdeen Women’s Centre and provides support to pregnant young women in vulnerable circumstances. At the Aberdeen Women’s Centre, professional health practitioners help the girls to restore their dignity and start planning for their future.
Prior to coming to Aberdeen Women’s Centre, the future for Mabinty and Mary was bleak and frightening. Now with healthy, newborn babies, Mabinty and Mary are earning income-generating skills to become financially independent and have begun, for the first time in a long time, to dream of a better future. Mabinty plans to one day become a doctor and hopes that her son will become a nurse.
The Aminata Maternal Foundation believes that all women should be allowed to deliver a baby in safety. We believe that teenage girls should be given an opportunity to dream big and build a plan for their future. We believe that each one among us has the power to transform lives for an equal and enabled world.
If you support these dreams, this International Women’s Day takes a step towards a more equal world and give to the Aminata Maternal Foundation. Making healthcare equal for women in Sierra Leone. #EachForEqual
Find out how you can continue to support more women and their babies future in Sierra Leone.
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BLESSING FROM THE SLUM AREA OF DWARZAK IN FREETOWN WAS HAPPILY ATTENDING SCHOOL AND STUDYING HARD…
MABINTY’S DREAM IS TO ONE DAY BECOME A DOCTOR AND FOR HER SON TO BECOME A NURSE.
A WOMAN SAW A PREGNANT MARY WANDERING THE STREETS AND TOOK HER IN. SHE TOLD MARY TO GO TO ABERDEEN WOMEN’S CENTRE FOR PRENATAL CARE…