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Mama Imara was founded on an immense need for funding the important work that had already begun at the Amani Family Centre.

From 2016 to 2017, Courtney Kapuya, a student midwife and founder of Mama Imara, and Diane Lockhart, registered certified midwife and founder of Amani Family Centre, were providing free maternal care to mamas out of an 8 x 8.5 ft concrete shop with a dirt floor. Supplies and space were extremely limited, and security issues were a main concern. 

Despite a lack of funding sources, and working solely with donations from friends and family members, Courtney and Diane knew it was their purpose to offer safe, more dignified, maternal care to mamas in need. They also knew the shipping container clinic and “slum midwifery” they were providing was not sustainable. Even so, the women were thrilled and grateful to be able to deliver their babies in a safe environment in their community with knowledgeable and compassionate care. 

Mama Imara is now a registered Canadian non-for-profit

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