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Lewis Mchenga Highlighted in Boston Globe

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Boston Globe recently highlighted the inspiring journey of international student Nellipher Lewis Mchenga PhD ’19 in their piece on last week’s commencement ceremonies:

When she was 4 years old, Lewis Mchenga was hospitalized for measles and severe malnutrition. And two of her 10 siblings died of malaria in early childhood.

Those experiences inspired her to enter nursing, and “to reach out to many people and help them have healthy lives,” Lewis Mchenga said in a phone interview Thursday.

Lewis Mchenga graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Malawi Kamuzu College of Nursing, and went to work as a midwife and nurse.

In 2013, Lewis Mchenga helped establish YouthLine, a non-profit that provides food, clothing, and education assistance to high school and college students in Malawi. Since it began, she said, the organization has helped more than 100 students.

Full story on the Boston Globe website.