OPEN HEART, OPEN HOME
Mother's Day Dinner
Cultural diversity is a rich wonderful part of Australia. However, the violence around the world is creating fear within our beautiful country.
To address this problem, Mahboba’s Promise started Open Heart, Open Home, an initiative focused on building bridges between communities and increasing racial tolerance.
Open Heart, Open Home has proven to be a success as it presents the opportunity for people who normally wouldn’t come into contact with Muslims to interact with them. In times where people try to sow division and conflict within Australian society, Open Heart, Open Home aims to build bridges among the different communities that make up Australia. We aim to do this through open hearts, open communications and inter-cultural, inter-faith learning.
Join us for a celebration of motherhood and multiculturalism, as we raise funds to improve access to maternal healthcare in Afghanistan.
Zakiya is nineteen and from the remote North-Eastern province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan. Life there is hard. It is especially hard for pregnant women such as her. Medical care facilities are scarce. Women give birth in their homes, without the help of doctors or midwives. There aren’t any hospitals close by to go to if there are complications. Many women lose their child after only a few weeks because of the severe lack of support available to them.
Zakiya was one such woman. She lost her week-old baby two years ago because there was no medical care available to her. She still struggles to cope with this loss.
Zakiya and her husband moved away from the comfort of family and friends in Badakshan to find better maternity care for Zakiya, who is pregnant again. The couple came to Kabul, their trip taking ten days. When they arrived, there was concern for the health of Zakiya and her baby. If Badakhshan had health care facilities, Zakiya could have stayed with her family, rather than make the long and dangerous journey to Kabul.
MATERNAL MORTALITY IN AFGHANISTAN
- 1 in 32 Afghan women die in childbirth
- 1 in 5 children die before their fifth birthday
- Less than 2% of women in rural areas have access to midwifery care
- 'Worst country in which to be a mom' - Save the Children Report