“I am committed to play a consistent role in my mentees life,” Dr Faith Odwaro

Faith Mugoha Odwaro Orinda, popularly known as Dr. Faith is our mentor of the day. She is passionate for medicine and compassion for people. She is a general surgeon with a keen interest in global surgery which advocates for equity in timely and safe surgery. She is a health and social change mentor.

She is the Founder and Managing Trustee of The Mazira Foundation, which has an overall objective of improving the health seeking behaviours. The foundation’s activities range from focusing on influencing a shift of mindset, looking at health in totality rather than in segments and putting emphasis on health education to assist the public in owning their health. Her experience at The Mazira Foundation has shaped and influenced her position on public health education. “It must be central in any health discussion; a well-informed community is better placed in achieving good health and social change.”

For Dr. Faith, good mentorship starts when the mentee believes and appreciates that the relationship with their mentor will be beneficial in their growth and development. She also believes that good mentorship should provide mentees with the tools, guidance, support, network, and feedback that they need to thrive in life.

“The success depends highly on the mentee- how much they receive and what they do with what they receive. It should not be the other way around.  Life gets busy; it takes commitment from both the mentee and mentor for the process to be a success. Being accommodative and flexible also creates a wonderful learning experience. However, this should in no way encourage familiarity,” she adds.

“My mentorship is hands on; I don’t allow them to admire from a far. I give my mentees an opportunity to engage, make mistakes and learn. I involve them in the activities of the foundation according to their ability and experience. This brings down the walls, it gives us an opportunity to know each other better. I am better placed to mentor when I understand my mentees. I am committed to play a consistent role in my mentees life over a period of time. I put in my best but only give as much as they are willing to receive,” Dr. Faith details her mentorship journey.

Some of her greatest moments in mentorship include working together, watching the transformation, being there for each other, celebrating the achievements made. Physical meetings more particularly under the COVID circumstances however have made things challenging as she can’t meet with her mentees.

Her advice to professionals interested in being mentors, “I believe that we are all born with a purpose, and this goes beyond what we do for a living. It is about the difference we make with the knowledge, experience, and connections that we have gained over the years. Knowing that we all have a limited number of years on earth, what would your legacy be? There is no greater joy than that of mentorship – Walking with those who are taking the same path after you, offering the wisdom that you have gathered and lessons so dear. The satisfaction of being a part of your mentee’s success cannot be described, it can only be experienced, and you have an opportunity to mentor right here within Emerging Leaders Foundation.”

Her favorite quote, ‘There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It is why you were born, and how you become most truly alive’ by Oprah Winfrey.

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