Sylla Aminata, a life dedicated to orphans

Sylla Aminata, founder of the "Dimakhané" orphanage, works every day for Guinea’s orphans. She currently looks after around fifty children with the help of the Orange Guinea Foundation.
Sylla Aminata was born in Guinea-Conakry, in the 1950s. Abandoned by her husband while pregnant with their first child, she could only rely on herself. Forced to get herself to the Ignace Deen hospital in Conakry, she gave birth in the taxi on the way there. The birth was so traumatic that she lay in a coma for nearly a month.

Despite the best efforts of healthcare staff, Sylla lost the use of her legs and was left partially sighted. She was cared for at the Ignace Deen hospital for 4 years. It was when a woman in the hospital left her baby in her arms, that Sylla decided to dedicate her life to abandoned children.
Very quickly she gathered together several children and, with the support of numerous NGOs, she set up the Dimakhané orphanage. Dimakhané means "abandoned children" in Soussou, one of Guinea’s official languages. Even though Sylla has experienced many trying times (6 of the children in her care have died), there are also joyful moments for her every day.

Sylla Aminata Guinea Foundation Orange life orphans

The orphanage currently looks after 47 children, most of whom are educated at neighbouring private schools. Humanitarian organisations working in Guinea, and sometimes the government, provide aid to Sylla’s organisation.
The Orange Guinea Foundation, paid tribute to this woman who we met during Solidarity Week in 2015. Through her, we celebrate all women in Guinea.

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