Bay Area Birth Justice Fair Summer 2014. Breastfeeding, A gift for Life!

Urban Montessori Charter School 5328 Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619

Oppertunities to hear Nurse Midwife Mary Koroma in Oakland

Funds raised by the Bay Area Birth Justice Fair will be sent to support the work of the courageous birth worker, Sister Mary Koroma – unfortunately , she will not be able to attend the fair personally.  The following is information on two events this week to hear and meet this powerful woman and to hear of her struggle to save the lives of women and children.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from Nurse-Midwife Mary Koroma from Sierra Leone, the dynamic organizer and community leader who has successfully organized hundreds of people in Sierra Leone to participate in a self-determination movement to overturn the legacy of maternal and infant mortality which plagues must of the African continent.

For a full listing of tour events in other cities, stay tuned at:
http://africasfuturetour.wordpress.com/
http://www.developmentforafrica.org/

The All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) is honored to announce the U.S. tour of Nurse Mary Koroma, midwife and AAPDEP leader from Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Ms Koroma is a trained nurse midwife, a courageous community leader and determined woman who has successfully organized hundreds of people in Sierra Leone to participate in projects to serve the community.

Come hear from Nurse-Midwife Koroma and also a presentation on the work of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project.

AAPDEP Tour manager Camilla Hippolyte explained, “This is not a charity project. This is a grassroots initiative. We are asking for support and solidarity for the AAPDEP work from the SF Bay Area community. We also see similar conditions facing African women in the US regarding childbirth, infant mortality and maternal health. We want to be able to address those needs as well.”

6:30 Welcome & Reception
7pm Statements by AAPDEP leaders & statement by Samsarah Morgan of the Nia Healing Center
7:30 Presentation by Nurse Mary Koroma
8pm Fundraising, Q&A, Close-Out

Sponsored by the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project, the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the Oakland Freedom Summer Project, Decolonize Pregnancy and Childbirth.

To contribute to the tour and/or reserve an information table at the April 21st Bay Area Birth Birth Justice Health and Wellness Fair from 10am to 4pm, part of the tour, go to

https://www.wepay.com/x1b0icg/donations/185437

The fair will take place at the Uhuru House at 7911 MacArthur Blvd in East Oakland.

For more info about the fair see,
http://www.bayareabirthjusticefair.wordpress.com/

A second Oakland event of the tour will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm, also at the Uhuru House in East Oakland.

For more info, email oakland@uhurusolidarity.org or call 510-394-1780.

More about AAPDEP in Sierra Leone:

In a deeply impoverished country where women rarely have the opportunity to give birth in a hospital or under sterile conditions, Nurse Mary has delivered over 3,000 babies without the loss of one mother or child.

In Sierra Leone Nurse Mary has built a nation-wide network of AAPDEP clinics, offices, nursing schools and self-reliance institutions in every province of the country through the community based AAPDEP organization that involves over 500 mothers, medical workers and community members.

Though Sierra Leone has vast natural resources including diamonds, oil and bauxite, much of the population must subsist on less than a dollar a day. To make sure that the Infant and Maternal Wellness Project can benefit all women regardless of income, Nurse Mary and
AAPDEP started a cassava farm and fishing projects to raise resources for the clinics and the community. In addition Ms Koroma created a nursing program that recently celebrated its first graduating class.

AAPDEP Tour Manager Camilla Hippolyte explalned, “We are very excited to bring Nurse Mary to the Tampa Bay Area. Nurse Mary is an inspiring and brilliant woman who has built powerful programs on the grassroots level throughout Sierra Leone addressing the very serious issue of maternal and infant wellness.

“What should have been a happy occasion, pregnancy and childbirth has been a time of worry and sorrow for too long. Nurse Mary has organized a movement to change that. We want people to meet Nurse Mary and we are raising money and support for her to be able to continue the work there.”

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