Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on Educating Linda Program



As the CEO of the Merck Foundation and as an African woman, I am very proud to introduce this story to emphasize the importance of Girl Education. The story of a young girl called Linda.

Linda represents our African girls who struggle for their education every day.

I strongly believe in girl education. When Girls are educated, their countries become more powerful, stronger & prosperous. Education is the only thing that no one can take away from you. So, for all families out there, support your girl education like what happened in this story. Let’s join hands to help them to reach their potential and advance our Africa.

I realize there’s a need for more support as there are many brilliant girls out there who are struggling ­ financially and socially to meet their educational needs. Therefore, we started the “Educating Linda “pan African program which going to be tailored for each country to contribute to the future of these girls as part of “Merck More Than a Mother”.

I strongly believe that empowering women starts with education, to enable them to be healthier, stronger, and independent. I hope this story would inspire every girl to fight for her right to education and encourage our communities to support the education of young unprivileged but brilliant girls so that they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams.”


Kind regards,
Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation.
President of Merck More Than A Mother.

One of 100 Most Influential African (2019)

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