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Mabinty

Mabinty’s dream is to one day become a doctor and for her son to become a nurse.

Mabinty Conteh grew up in a village with her mother and father until her father abandoned the family when she was eight years old. When Mabinty was sixteen, a woman from Freetown came to her village on business and promised Mabinty and her mother a better life and a better education for Mabinty.

After a year living in Freetown, the woman who promised her a better life and education neglected her. Though Mabinty was still going to school, she had no money for books, a uniform, or food for lunch. A twenty-one-year-old man in her community stepped in to help her with these costs and told her he would be like a “big brother” to her. The relationship soon became sexual and Mabinty learned she was pregnant. The woman she was living with kicked Mabinty out and has not spoken to her since. She went to live with the father of her child but financial problems soon forced her to look for shelter elsewhere. When she came to Aberdeen Women’s Centre to register, she was approached by Hagar Olu-Jones or “teacher”. Hagar is one of the instructors for the “Dream Girls” Programme and encourages pregnant teenagers who come to the centre to attend Dream Girls classes.

Hagar teaches the girls sewing and tailoring and assists in health education and nutrition classes. She helps to inspire the young women that come to the class and build their confidence. At the end of Mabinty’s time in the programme it was Hagar who suggested that she join the Hostel Girls’ programme at AWC, which teaches young women skills in catering, hospitality, and housekeeping. Mabinty joined the programme and is now living with fourteen other girls at the hostel. She enjoys the camaraderie of the hostel and has made lifelong friends in addition to learning cooking, catering, and cleaning skills. Mabinty’s dream is to one day become a doctor and for her son to become a nurse.

“Teacher saw something in me and that’s why she encouraged me to join the Hostel Girls. I am so glad I did. I never want to leave.”

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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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