Mary’s key role in the Arusha office involves paperwork and numbers, but she gets inspired when she sees lives changed in remote villages.
Meet Mary Elinatii Lyimo, the Finance Officer and Document Controller at MAF Tanzania, responsible for administrative tasks such as itineraries and immigration work. Beyond her professional role, she is a devoted wife and mother of four.
“I was initially attracted to MAF, back in the day when they had an operation base in Dodoma, even though I was unaware of the specific flights they did, I knew I wanted to work for MAF,” she said.
Drawn by MAF's impactful work in remote Tanzanian villages, particularly with mobile clinics, Mary found a deep connection with the organization, beginning her journey with MAF in May 2015.
In her studies, Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance, complemented by a secretarial certificate. Her educational background adds a layer of expertise to her role at MAF.
Reflecting on her experiences with MAF flights; Mary highlights a memorable flight to Chidudu village during the Kilimatinde safari.
She says, “I witnessed children in Chidudu village attentively listening to God’s message from the evangelists and many were led to Christ.”
This monthly safari transports evangelists and nurses to provide medical care and share the word of God with villagers.
Expressing the significance of MAF's role in helping the isolated people, Mary recounts a conversation with a mother at a mobile clinic who shared, "Without MAF, we could lose our kids because medical facilities are very far, and it would cost us to go there."
In addressing the needs of pregnant mothers, Mary expresses, “It is important for pregnant mothers to receive pre-natal and post-natal care, which is often lacking in these remote areas.
“MAF's monthly provision of mobile clinics has become a lifeline for mothers, offering free medical care and vaccines for their children.”
Outside of her professional commitments, Mary actively engages in her local church community. Every Saturday, she participates in a program supporting needy and orphaned children, teaching them the word of God, sharing meals, and providing essential food supplies.