Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on Merck Foundation’s Children storybooks distributed to 30,000 Zimbabwean students by Zimbabwe First Lady


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I am very happy and proud of our long-term partner H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother. Donating 30,000 storybooks to young readers, school students of Zimbabwe which were handed over by the Zimbabwe First Lady will make a great impact to create a culture shift and sensitize children and adolescence about Health and sensitive topics in their Communities.


These storybooks convey important lessons of life, like supporting girls' education; emphasize the right family values of love and respect, breaking infertility stigma; and raise awareness about Coronavirus and inspire hard work and honesty from a young age. Furthermore, these books will instill reading culture in young children.


Kind regards,
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO Merck Foundation
One of Most Influential African (2019 & 2020)


To read 'Tudu's' Story, Click Here



To read 'Educating Rujeko' Story, Click Here



To read 'Make The Right Choice' Story, Click Here





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