Friends of the MTN Foundation celebrate “Mandela Day” in Cameroon
By BiztechAfrica – July 23, 2013, 9:54 a.m.
The MTN Foundation, in symbiosis with the international community, celebrated Mandela Day in partnership with the South African High Commission in Cameroon, last Thursday.
Mandela Day was instituted by UNESCO in November 2009 to celebrate the values embodied by Nelson Mandela and encourage voluntary service.
In line with Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, Friends of MTN Foundation accompanied by the South African High Commission Mrs. Zanele Makina, shared their love with the young boarders of the “Centre d’Accueil Eau Vive”, which caters for 50 vulnerable children and the needy, by donating educational materials to better prepare them for their back to school 2013 -2014 and foodstuff to be used on a daily basis.
The Friends of MTN Foundation gesture was greatly appreciated by the Coordinator of the Centre, Pastor Kameni Touani Joll. In the same vein, Mrs Zanele Makina praised MTN Foundation for its kind attention towards the children and gave words of encouragement to the Friends. The children sang songs to thank all their well-wishers for the goods handed to them. Free time with the children and cutting of the cake were also part of the event.
In Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon, efforts focused on the “Centre d’Accueil Canaan” situated in Bonaberi, in one of the most populous neighbourhoods. At the centre, the MTN delegation was warmly welcomed by the 58 children it caters for, as well as their caregivers. Fun activities graced the event and a major highlight of the visit was a Q&A session on black historical heroes.
On top of the activities carried out by the Friends of the MTN Foundation Club, each MTNer in Cameroon, was invited to carry out a social activity of his choice