Anna Elizabeth Robbins
Anna Elizabeth Robbins – Miss Cameroon Utah 2020
Anna Robbins is adopted into a family that has ten children, seven of whom are adopted. She grew up in a very small town known as a village where she and her brother raised pigs to show in their local fair. She developed a good work ethic and love for service from her childhood experiences in her small farming town.
Anna currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is attending Weber State University pursuing a Master’s degree in Athletic Training. Anna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. During her undergraduate career, Anna served in many leadership positions including African Senator, Diversity Director, Black Student Union President, and African President, and Weber Women’s Rugby President. She also was a college athlete and participated in both track and field and various other club sports.
Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Anna spent time feeding her passion for travel and learning about other people and their cultures. She traveled abroad through many Asian countries, taught English in China, and worked with a nonprofit organization in Uganda called Days for Girls. Her work in Uganda included helping women develop entrepreneurship skills and helping girls stay in school by providing education and tools to help them get through their menstrual cycles.
This year, Anna will continue to pursue her educational goals while also becoming a reservist in the Army. She is also a single mother to a beautiful son born in October of 2019. Anna has a passion for health and education. She currently teaches all grades as a substitute teacher while she pursues her education. She is also a track and field and cross country coach. In addition, she works in leadership positions at Weber State University. Anna loves her African heritage and the beauty of the African culture. She represents Cameroon but also wants to represent the beauty of the entire African continent combined with the American upbringing that makes her who she is.
Platform Title: The mother's blessings
I created THE MOTHER’S BLESSING FOUNDATION to help single and women of color who are financially burdened have the aid needed to have relief during their time of pregnancy and postpartum as well. Women of Color are 3-4 times more likely to suffer pregnancy-related deaths. The racial disparities in maternal healthcare are real. With the help of my foundation, mother’s can have the much needed support system that could be the key they need to a healthier, safer, and joyful birthing experience.
With THE MOTHER’S BLESSING Foundation, I will be selling hand sewn African print baby blankets, bibs, wraps, and carriers sewn by my sister friends I made while living and working with a nonprofit organization in Africa. I will also be hosting a monthly MOTHERS BLESSING COLLECTION, in which mothers can apply and receive donated items such as blankets, clothing, diapers, or other essential items they may need. I will open up the MOTHER’S BLESSING RELIEF FUNDS application every 3-months. Mothers can apply for funds to assist with birthing and postpartum care.
In addition to the funds and collections to help new mothers, I will be hosting a birthing kit assembly day twice per year and have regular donations collected to send birthing kits to women in Africa. Disposable Delivery Kits are recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an essential tool for use by birth attendants when delivery occurs outside of a designated facility, particularly in emergency settings.
I believe that with THE MOTHER’S BLESSING FOUNDATION and my community work as a Doula and Birth and Postpartum Educator, single mothers and new moms in Africa and around the world will have the tribe they need to feel confident with birthing and raising up new generations. They say that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe this is true. I also believe it takes a village to raise a mother. I am here to help moms find their tribe.
Cameroon (/ˌkæməˈruːn/ (listen); French: Cameroun), officially the Republic of Cameroon (French: République du Cameroun), is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon’s coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Cameroon is not an ECOWAS member state, it is geographically and historically in West Africa with the Southern Cameroons which now form her Northwest and Southwest Regions having a strong West African history. The country is sometimes identified as West African and other times as Central African due to its strategic position at the crossroads between West and Central Africa. Cameroon is home to over 250 native languages spoken by nearly 20 million people. The official languages of the country are English and French.