The Aminata Maternal Foundation raises funds to reduce deaths, educate in schools to prevent teenage pregnancy and to support and increase the number of midwives in Sierra Leone.
“Donations are reducing mothers and babies dying, because if the mother goes to the hospital, they can safely deliver their child. We also work with a lot of teenage pregnancies. During the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, teenage pregnancy skyrocketed to 66.6%, and once you're pregnant, you're not allowed to go back to school.
We also help with midwives. Sierra Leone needs about 3,700 midwives and they have less than 10% of that. So, the Foundation is looking at all the holes that are causing the problem, and that’s where we find the solution. We’re also getting funds and making sure midwives are paid the way they deserve to be paid.”
The success of the Aminata Maternal Foundation in the last six years is just the beginning. With short and long term goals, and a powerful strategy in place; Aminata and her team are set to create a much brighter future for Sierra Leonean mothers and their children.
“We've been great at fundraising since 2016 and we've done all the little projects to get us established. Now the Foundation is looking at where we can be of more use on the ground to the community.
The next step is to go and build hubs in the villages, because a lot of these villages can’t travel to the city. It's a small country, but still, there are people who have never been to the city and there are no resources in their village. So, how can we reach out to these people?
I then have a bigger visual, which I've talked about in my book, Rising Heart, which is to build a bigger hospital that will provide training for midwives and schooling there. I want to make sure we have doctors and international aid coming to the country to give the skills they have to women and men, so they can simply deliver babies. That's the bigger vision.”
In September 2020, Aminata released her debut book, Rising Heart, with a portion of the royalties donated directly to the Foundation.
“It’s a story about life itself. I didn't want it to just represent women of colour or African women, I wanted to represent any person. A lot of men have read my book because of my relationship with my Dad. It’s about my life and what I've gone through, and the life that I'm living here, which is relatable to every Australian person. I wanted that to stand out.”