MTN Ghana Foundation invests more in local communities
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
MTN Ghana, through the MTN Ghana Foundation, has told Biztechafrica in an interview that it spent an amount of Thirteen Million Ghana Cedis on its operations during the last quarter of 2013. MTN Ghana Foundation is devoted to supporting the maternal health system in the country. Over the past six years of its existence, thousands of people have benefited from the assistance the Foundation has provided in the areas of health education and economic empowerment.
The Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Robert Kuzoe, noted that the foundation had achieved a lot of corporate social investment initiatives with the work that it had done. Amongst the many institutions the foundation reached out to, was the Akropong School for the Blind, where they set up an art centre and donated a school bus, they also visited the College of Agriculture in the Eastern Region supplying them with fifty desktop computers.
When asked what MTN’s interest in assisting these various institutions was, he mentioned that, MTN was a socially responsible organization that cared for the community, and their investment in the project was to highlight the power of education and economic empowerment. Their hope was to assist the communities where they operate, that keep them in business by giving back to them. He said as an organization they hoped to aid the government in their work with struggling communities.
Recently the foundation celebrated the Christmas festivities with children of Village Of Hope orphanage and babies born on Christmas day at the Korle-bu, Efia Nkwanta, Komfo Anokye and Tamale Teaching hospitals.
The orphans at the Village Of Hope located in Gomoah-Feteh in the Central Region were treated to a Christmas party organized in partnership with Reachout and Share Foundation to create an opportunity for the children to share in the season of Christmas. As part of the activities, an eye screening exercise was organised for the children and other members of the Gomoa-Fetteh Community in the Central Region. A total of 300 persons were screened and given treatment with spectacles distributed to those with a need for it.
Babies born on Christmas day were not left out of the festivities as they were celebrated by MTN Ghana Foundation together with Staff volunteers of MTN. A total of 180 hampers were presented to mothers of babies that were born on Christmas day. Items in the MTN Christmas Baby Hampers included assorted baby diapers, baby wipes, baby products, baby clothing, baby toiletries and toys among others.