“..Poverty-stricken children in Africa have inspired a young Auckland woman to do all she can to give them a greater chance in life.
Mary Duncan, 20, has been working hard to help youngsters in Arusha, Tanzania, after spending time with them as a volunteer two years ago.
Miss Duncan, who grew up in Howick, decided to leave school in 2009 – and take up a volunteer position in Africa shortly after her 18th birthday the following year.
During her time there she established a not-for-profit charity called Arusha Children’s Effort, or ACE, to help children get an education.
Those who sponsor a child through the charity will pay their child’s school fees for one of four schools in Arusha.
The money will also go towards buying them school equipment, books, a basic uniform and shoes.
Seventy-four children, many of them Aids orphans, are enrolled in the programme.
Miss Duncan, whom the children call “Mama Mary” – is working in Queensland to help support herself.
She travels to Africa each year and spends about three months there working on her programme with volunteers..”
go to source/story>>>