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Mary's passion for driving

By: Moses Owen Browne, Jr.


Mary Yawah Nyumah is 38 years old and a happy mother of four. She works as a driver for Plan International in Montserrado County.

In Liberia, she has become a role model, mentor, and an inspiration to many  female drivers. Mary joined Plan in 2011 after graduating in auto-mechanics  from the Monrovia Vocational Training Center in 2008.

“After my graduation, I applied to work as mechanic at Plan”, said Mary.
Despite the fact that there was no mechanic department at Plan, Mary was
hired and began driving for the organization, and was assigned to the Nimba
County Field Office.

“When I joined, I knew nothing about computer and logging mileage as well
as writing trip reports”, said Mary. “Four years at Plan Liberia, I have
been empowered to write good English, make maximum use of computer and
other available technologies as well as driving amongst my male
counterparts. I have now learned how to write trip reports, log my mileage
and respond to emails adequately”, she says.

Her resilience to personal challenges, and her passion to work with the
Liberian children has won her many accolades. “Plan has really been a
unique organization to my personal and career growth. I receive so many
benefits from Plan including medical and educational amenities”, Mary says.

Mary’s occupation is transforming her life over the years and helping her
to address her household needs, including her children’s education.

In Liberia and particularly in her community, her strength is an

“We celebrate the success of a lady with a humble background who is now
seen as an icon of hope. She is passionate, hardworking and very excellent
in spirit”, said Koala Oumarou, Plan International Liberia Country Director.

Despite the challenge of being a female in a country with limited
opportunities for women, and of working amongst her male counterparts, Mary
remains strong and hopeful; and her passion continues to serve as an
inspiration to many women in Liberia.

Amb. Moses Owen Browne, Jr.
Global Youth Ambassador
A World at School Email:
Cell: +231886493370 / +231770009018 /+231776859183
Central Matadi  Community
Monrovia, Liberia

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