Mary Wanjiku is Kenyan born, a single mother of two sons and a daughter. She is the author of a Woman’s World and the Men-In- between with the view of strengthening and empowering girls and women to fight their battles. She has a passion for working with families and children with special needs. She has volunteered in children’s services, such as Sure Start, gaining a certificate of recognition for her services and Home-Start. She also supports new mothers at a clinic.
Mary’s primary concern has been one of empowering women, especially those prejudiced by the systems because of their single motherhood status.
As a young mother, she was determined to provide for her child as her grandmother taught her the benefits of being independent. From school, her first job was a hairdresser and then she worked with a non- governmental organization supporting children and families living in poverty as an untrained social worker. She moved to the UK to study child development before going back to her NGO job, and she worked in special needs schools before starting a hair salon business, a café, and property development.
However, all these came tumbling down when her first relationship becomes sour. She gave her café to a relative whose husband left her with six children, and El Nino rains destroyed some of her properties, and she gave the rest to a relative.
A degree in social work in England enhanced her desire to help those who had no voice. One single mother once said at a child protection meeting “before working with Mary I was made to feel I had no right to speak by the professionals and Mary gave me the confidence to speak out”. Mary believes that the rights of mothers and support are crucial in safeguarding the welfare of the children.