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Merck Foundation’s I CAN mentorship programme empowers young women leaders

Merck Foundation’s I CAN mentorship programme empowers young women leaders

Founding Editor of Africa Health and Climate Change (AHCC), Sharon Kavhu has been chosen to join the Chief Executive of the Merck Foundation, Dr Rasha Kelej’s initiative, ‘I CAN Mentorship Program’, that empowers women and youth in Africa.

Kavhu was one of the candidates selected out of the Merck Foundation Alumni from the fields of healthcare, media, art, and fashion who applied for the programme to benefit from Dr Kelej’s vast experience.

Dr Kelej said she will lead the selected mentees to explore their potential and help them achieve their dreams by overcoming challenges and finding solutions with a never giving up attitude.

“My selected mentees will have an opportunity to interact with me in person. I will share my experience and knowledge with them to help them unleash their potential, and [help them] set and achieve professional and personal goals,” she added.

Kavhu said she is excited to be part of this programme because afterwards, she will become a better version of herself.

“I believe it will bring and polish the best in me for my global mandate to flourish. It is such an honour to be part of this mentorship program,” added Kavhu.

“I have so much respect for Dr Kelej and I am inspired by her leadership qualities, what she has achieved in this male-dominated industry, so I am looking forward to learning from her and also tapping into the same space,” she emphasised.



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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.