“Reading is learning”

20th November 2019 | Blog

Fourteen-year-old Mary lives in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

Crime, illiteracy and teenage pregnancy are all too common in Jamestown and many children end up working on the streets to help their families make ends meet. But Mary is determined to build a brighter future.

Here 14 year old Mary shares how she is using books you help to send to achieve her dream:

Mary in school
Mary reads every day


I like going to school. I walk for an hour by myself to get there. I believe if I go to school, I will learn and I’ll know more.

And I want to know more because there is something I want to achieve in future – I want to become a lawyer.

But many girls in Jamestown don’t go to school. Those who are at home, they don’t learn. They will just walk around, not doing anything. At the end of the day you will see girls as young as 12 pregnant.


Mary reading with her family
Mary shares a book from her local library with her family

If I didn’t have books and the school gave me an assignment, I would be suffering.

Reading is learning – if you read, you know more words and you can learn.

And maybe if you don’t understand something, they will explain it in the reading book. So you need to read every day.

Thank you for the books and for the gift that you gave me. Books have the power to change our future.

Hear more from Mary in this short video:

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