In Kwara State, from the 14-17 May 2010, the "SAVE" team held a very successful rally, which includes prayer sessions and processions.
The procession train moved through major streets at Ilorin to demonstrate the concerns of the Kwara citizens over the increasing deaths of women from treatable pregnancy complications in Africa. Alao Ladi, the state coordinator of the "SAVE" campaign delivered a speech in which he called on the Kwara State government to take an immediate action to eradicate maternal deaths in the state. Click here to read the full text of the speech
According to Mr. Ladi, "indeed today marked one of my happiest days in life. Words are infact not enough to explain how much success we have achieved today. We took off from College of Nursing - to Emir's Palace - to two different Markets - to Maternity Wing of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital - to Kwara State Government House to our major sponsor (7Up bottling Company) and back to our temporary office (Cardillac Place, 13 Stadium Road, Ilorin). Today I am glad to say that, in Kwara State we have created tremendous awareness of the aim and objective of Sweet Mother International. In fact, right from when we were still going round, we received a number of phone calls inquiring more about the project. We are indeed very delighted that God has done it in Kwara and by His grace, He will continue to do it for us."
In addition to the procession, prayers were also held in churches and mosques to plead for God's mercies upon women in Africa; particularly, to pray for safe delivery of pregnant women and to ask for God's divine intervention in eradicating avoidable maternal deaths in Africa.
The procession and prayer sessions were extremely successful and received massive community support - pictures below: