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Merck Foundation and Zimbabwe First Lady donates 30,000 children storybooks to students in the country

FILE PHOTO: The Merck logo is seen at a gate to the Merck & Co campus in Linden, New Jersey, U.S., July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Merck Foundation together with Zimbabwe First Lady also announce 6 new Awards for Media, Fashion, Film, and Music fraternity with the aim to break infertility stigma and support girl education

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, in partnership with The First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More than a Mother, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA handed over 30,000 children storybooks to the Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education for the school students of Zimbabwe. The storybooks are titled: “Tudu’s Story”, “Educating Rujeko Story” and “Make the Right Choice Story”.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation & President, Merck Foundation More Than A Mother expressed, “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 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.

Tudu’ story emphasizes strong family values of love and respect from a young age which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future, while Make the Right Choice story aims to raise awareness about coronavirus prevention amongst children and youth as it provides facts about the pandemic and how to stay safe and healthy during the outbreak. It also promotes honesty, hard work, and the ability to make the right choices even during the most challenging times. Educating Rujeko story covers the importance of empowering girls through education. I hope this story will inspire every girl to fight for her right of education and encourage our communities to support education young underprivileged but brilliant girls so that they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams.”

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More than a Mother emphasized “I am very happy to work closely with Merck Foundation and happy to hand over 30,000 storybooks to the Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education for our young children. These storybooks convey important lessons of life, like supporting girls’ education; emphasize on the right family values of love and respect, to break infertility stigma; and raise awareness about Corona virus and inspire hard work and honesty from a young age. Furthermore, these books will instill reading culture in young children”.

Merck Foundation, through their partnership with the Zimbabwe First Lady and Ministry of Health, has transformed the patient care landscape of the country by providing scholarships to more than 100 Zimbabwean doctors in various specialties like Fertility & Embryology, Oncology, Diabetes, Cardiovascular, Endocrinology, Sexual & Reproductive Medicine, Respiratory and  Acute Medicines. More doctors will benefit from more scholarships in different critical and undeserved specialties in the next five years.

Moreover, together with Zimbabwe First Lady, Merck Foundation has introduced 6 Awards for Media, Fashion Film and Music fraternity.

Moreover, together with Zimbabwe First Lady, Merck Foundation has introduced 6 important Awards for Media, Fashion Film and Music fraternity after the huge success of the previous editions of the same awards in 2020 and announce the winners together.

“We recently celebrated 11 winners of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Media Recognition Awards 2020, through an online Award Ceremony. We are now very excited to launch our new awards together with my dear sister Her Excellency”, said Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

“We recently celebrated 14 winners of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Media Recognition Awards 2020 and Stay at Home Awards 2020, through an online Award Ceremony. We are now very excited to launch our new awards together with my dear sister Her Excellency”, said Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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