Mary went on to become Head Girl at her school and supporting girls with HIV/AIDS information. She passed her advanced courses and applied for college. Mary is studying to be a teacher because she knows from personal experience that a teacher can help change the lives of children who face similar challenges to those which loomed large during her own growing up years.
“If you educate a girl, you educate a whole community,” Mary says. “Women or girls are more responsible for the development of the community… I will first change things for my family, and then for my community. I have the task now to support other children. When we see children who have problems, one way or another we will be responsible for supporting them. We will tell them the importance of an education.”
"A leader can lead people to see light or darkness"
In her final year at university, Mary was elected to the student government in spite of having no money to run a campaign, serving as Deputy Minister of Information, Communication, Student Union and Foreign Relations, on a platform of fighter gender inequity. "Leadership comes with a lot of responsibilities. A leader can lead people to see light or darkness," she says.
Mary is very involved in the Camfed alumnae network, CAMA, where she encourages other young girls sponsored by Camfed to work hard to fulfil their dreams. She knows first-hand how Camfed’s support can unlock the potential of girls who are committed to their education.