SWEET MOTHER INTERNATIONAL STORMS ABUJA
Report by: Adeshina J Mathew, SMI Abuja Coordinator
History was made on 31st day of January,2011 as it witnessed the gathering of great and positive minded individuals, who sought to come together to achieve a common goal..
The event which was the formal launch of Sweet Mother International (SMI) Abuja, was held at the Unity Square located in the heart of the federal Capital territory ,Abuja, Nigeria.
The event was hosted in collaboration with Build a Better Nigeria Volunteers (BBNV) and tagged: "Abuja 2011 Peace Declaration and Campaign Against Pregnancy Related Deaths".
Litany of dignitaries who graced the formal launch of the SMI Abuja Chapter include: a representative of the federal radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), members of the catholic youth organization of Nigeria, workers, students, and among other well meaning Nigerians.
Undoubtedly the event marked a turning point for participants especially the youth who are driven by passion to volunteer there time, resources to carve a nitch for themselves at contributing their quota towards the development of society and country.
Addressing the participants the Convener/Coordinator of the Sweet Mother International Abuja Chapter, Mr John Adeshina welcomed the volunteers, stressing that “ As we unite in our voices and Actions to this campaign we have become One people, One world, United In progress.
The coordinator further enjoined the participants to stand up and say never again should our Mother, Sisters, Aunities and women in general die from avoidable pregnancy related deaths in Africa.
The coordinator Mr. John further stressed some of the findings of the World health organization (WHO) that “Africa is the only continent where there has been no improvement in maternal Health and also emphasized the fact that the average maternal mortality ration has increased from 870/100,000 live birth in 1990 to 1000/100,000 in 2001; and that Africa account for about 50% of the estimated 600,000 Deaths.
Going by the mind blowing statistics and the frighten number of mortality rate arising from the pregnancy related death, the coordinator charged and challenged the volunteers, Government at levels, Communities, Organizations to jointly say “Enough is Enough” to the avoidable deaths of women from pregnancy complications in Africa.”
The highlight of the epoch making events which is the first of its kind in Abuja (FCT) witnessed interactive session on the goals of the organization, and a Campaign around the major spots in the city, as more people lend their support for the programme.
To volunteer, support or to seek information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07067155491 Adeshina J Mathew, SMI Abuja Coordinator
In picture L-R: SMI Coordinator and BBNV Coordinator
Catholic Archbishop Supports SMI Programs in Abuja, Nigeria
L-R Archbishop J.O Onayekan
and SMI ABuja Coordinator Adeshina J Mathew
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at the launch of SMI campaigns in Kawu District, Abuja, Nigeria
A SPEECH DELIVERED BY EMMANUEL JOHN NKANTA; COORDINATOR, BUILD A BETTER NIGERIA VOLUNTEERS, AT THE 2011 ABUJA PEACE AND UNITY DECLARATION AT THE UNITY FOUNTAIN, ABUJA ON THE 31ST OF JANUARY, 2011
For too long we have taken the back seat, stood in the shadow, tried to suppress our intellect, our knowledge and our understanding. Now is the time to live our National Anthem, Pledge and our constitution. Now is the time to live the promises of Democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark valley of violence and disunity to the sunlit path of peace and unity. It would be fatal for the Nation to over look the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the oppressed...
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The World Health Organization (WHO) hosts SMI Abuja, Stakeholders and Rural Community Dwellers -- click here to read full report
FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY (FCT), ABUJA, NIGERIA
Primary Health Care Board (PHCB) tasks nursing mothers on breastfeeding
Sweet Mother International (SMI) supports the PHCB event tagged “A Baby Show” as part of activities to commemorate the 2011 World Breast Feeding Week. Click here to read full reportBreastfeeding
SMI Abuja Support MISS NGO 2011 Project
was an African night of entertainment in the nation’s capital and exciting
moment for Miss Judith Thompson as she was crowned the winner of the maiden
edition of Miss NGO organized by the Sky World Entertainment.
The breath taking event supported by Sweet Mother International which kicked off with a red carpet reception was held at the famous Cyprian Ekwensi Art and Culture Gallery Abuja last Wednesday amidst pomp and pageantry ... Click here for full report and pictures
Click here to Check out the ABUJA SMI REPORT for OCT 2011.