Maria was a paediatrician and her professional, or rather vocational, breakthrough came just after graduating when, together with a group of boy scouts, she spent some time in some missions in Kenya. Since then she has always worked alternating between Italy and several African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Angola).
From her first stay in Tanzania she wrote:
“I am really happy, beyond all rhetoric. Here I was able to experience the meaning and taste of my work. The idea of returning to Italy does not appeal to me at all. What I would like is to stay here. I like this kind of life and work and, despite the inevitable difficulties, I feel that my days have a purpose here”.