Mary Waites is the coordinator of the Brewarrina literacy campaign. And now she’s the star of a major documentary on our work, In My Own Words.

The film follows Mary’s journey helping a group of adult students learning to read and write for the first time.

“It’s a whole new world out there and for us to be able to read and write puts it in a whole different way,” Mary says.

Literacy for Life Foundation’s local staff are the reason we have been successful in lifting literacy in Aboriginal communities.

Local people are at the heart of the whole thing and that is what makes the difference. People like Mary know and care for their community. And their effort is backed by other local leaders and community organisations.

That means the literacy campaign is community owned and run.

And one thing is for sure, if we are going to be able to teach more Aboriginal adults to read and write we need your help to find and train more Marys. Donations from people like you make that possible.

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