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Mary Krug Ndlovu 1960

Mary NdlovuAdvocate for Democracy and Justice in Zimbabwe

Mary Krug Ndlovu 1960 has dedicated close to 40 years of her life to the betterment of living standards for the African people. She has lived in Africa since 1966 and in 1980, she moved to Zimbabwe with her husband Edward and their three children. She has lived there ever since, applying her distinguished academic achievements and her CUSO experience to making a significant difference in the daily lives of the men, women and children in the poor area of Gwanda. She has taught in secondary schools and teacher’s training colleges, and has written curricula and textbooks.

Mary is a strong advocate of democracy, justice and human rights. For 11 years, she worked with the Legal Resources Foundation, training paralegals, developing training courses in human rights issues for police and prison officers, running legal workshops and helping individuals (especially women) with practical legal problems-all the while earning a law degree by correspondence.

The Edward Ndlovu Library, which Mary established in 1992 in memory of her late husband, is a powerful example of the impact which she has had on people’s lives. It is a beacon of hope in Zimbabwe, where the majority of citizens are living in despair and deprivation. It promotes literacy in a community that has no other access to books or resource materials. It promotes the local economy by training and employing local people. It supports the national economy by buying primarily books that are published in Zimbabwe.

Mary’s credibility abroad has earned her the partnership of Oxfam Canada in the further development of the library. Her honest and insightful observations of the realities in Zimbabwe today are valued by such organizations as Amnesty International, CUSO and OXFAM. She has worked tirelessly to empower the people of her community and to improve their standard of living through education and awareness.

Mary is an exceptionally worthy recipient of the Havergal Old Girls’ Award for 2004. She is a woman who exemplifies those qualities which Havergal aspires to instil in its students -intelligence, compassion, dedication, courage and resourcefulness.

Written by Barbara Rea Lemmon 1960