MTN Ghana has launched its 10th year anniversary in Accra. The foundation over the years invested and embarked on various social responsibility initiatives in education, health and entrepreneurship.
Over the 10-year period, the foundation has invested $13 million in building school blocks, libraries and ICT centers, enhancing teaching capabilities, constructing and equipping hospital wards, giving scholarships to needy students, and supporting entrepreneurs
The foundation was established in 2007 as a single purpose vehicle to drive all MTN’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the country with focus on health, education and economic empowerment and has over the years been actively holding various projects across the country to enhance living conditions of many Ghanaians, particularly those in rural communities.
The foundation has also instituted several themed projects such as the MTN Heroes of Change, Teacher Improvement Awards Project, MTN Reading Club project, Save a Life initiative and MTN Ghana Foundation Incubation Partnership Programme with Ghana Multimedia Incubator Centre.
Launching the 10th anniversary of the foundation in Accra yesterday, the Board Chairman of the MTN Ghana Foundation, Professor Franklin Manu, said the foundation would continue to provide support for communities and ensure that its impact was felt in all spheres of life.
“My colleagues and I will continue to search, innovate and implement strategies and projects that will brighten lives everywhere we go,” he said.
Touching on some of its legacy impacts, Prof. Manu said, “Our save a life campaign, which organizes the annual blood donation exercise, was introduced to help address the perennial blood shortage at the national blood bank and other regional hospitals.
The campaign, since then, has collected over 6,000 pints of blood,” he added.
He congratulated the staff of MTN for their volunteering spirit over the years, and added that he expects the foundation to continue to provide leadership in the various communities and to ensure that the impact is felt in all spheres of life.
Mrs. Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, Executive Secretary of the foundation, said as part of activities to celebrate the anniversary, which is to end in March 2018, the foundation has put together both internal and external events.
The activities include economic empowerment day, education day, staff volunteering, community-driven corporate social responsibility in MTN’s three business districts, and a visit to the Bostal Home.
She said the foundation would also be embarking on some projects to mark the anniversary like partnering with ‘Operation Smile’ to help people who have congenital disabilities and would need some surgery, put up an oil palm production center in the Ashanti Region, and give 300 scholarship to students.