While we have been emailing you a lot about our AMF Walking Challenge, which is in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to update you on a recent tragedy in Sierra Leone.
Many of you will have seen the news of the recent oil tanker explosion disaster in Freetown, the Capital City, that has killed at least 115 people and injured many others. We here at Aminata Maternal Foundation wish to send our sincere and deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the community where the vehicle accident occurred.
This 1st-22nd of November, we are holding our 3rd annual AMF Walking Challenge 2021 to walk for girls like Zainab who lives in the most dangerous place in the world to give birth - Sierra Leone.
This year’s walk is crucial because the Covid-19 pandemic made things more complicated in Sierra Leone as teenage pregnancies escalates again the same way during the Ebola pandemic.
Zainab was barely 15 years old and was 43 weeks pregnant when our Founder and CEO, Aminata Conteh-Biger met her during the filming of the SBS Dateline “Daughter of Sierra Leone” documentary. Every day, young girls like Zainab (some as young as 11) needed to walk 125km to go to Aberdeen Women’s Centre to deliver their babies safely.
For three weeks, we will be walking 125km, that's about 6km a day, the same distance that girls like Zainab would have to walk to get to the hospital to have a safe delivery, just like a mother in Australia.
Sign up and invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join you and get walking! Don't forget to share your experience on social media with the #AMFWalkingChallenge2021.
We are very excited to announce our partnership with Women’s Agenda, a hub that shares latest news and views affecting life from the perspective of professional women and female entrepreneurs.
Women’s Agenda’s weekly newsletter “Women’s Health News” will highlight more stories on the issues and progress of maternal health in Sierra Leone which will encourage readers to learn more about our work and how to get involved. For every new subscription Women's Agenda commits to give $1 to Aminata Maternal Foundation's causes. Subscribe now.
Women’s Agenda will be hosting a virtual lunchtime session on the 7th of September 2021 at 12pm which will explore the joy of motherhood and will give you an opportunity to learn more ways on how to improve childbirth in Sierra Leone. You can register for the event here.
Thanks for helping us through a tough 12 months!
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all your support this past Financial Year. Thank you for helping mothers and babies in Sierra Leone. We would like to also give you some updates on the current situation in Sierra Leone. To know more, read our July 2021 Newsletter.
Interested in finding out how the Aminata Maternal Foundation is ensuring continued access to maternal health services during the COVID-19 outbreak in Sierra Leone? In this issue we will answer all your questions and provide an update on the latest in our programming, our recent successes and the release of Aminata Conteh-Biger's book 'Rising Heart'.
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