At age 19, Winifred Selby from Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, is engaged in a philanthropic project that is fast changing the lives of students, thousands of miles from her home, in faraway BunkpuruguYunyo District in the Northern Region of Ghana.


The people in the District are predominantly farmers and like all other deprived districts across the country, theyare challenged on all fronts.

Students in this district walk over eight miles to school and often on bare foot, while other children of school going age, especially girls, are unable to attend school because they cannot afford a pair of shoes and sanitary pads.

Touched by the plight of these students, Winifred initiated a project to distribute sanitary pads and shoes to the children in Bunkpurugu Yunyo district.

Winifred, as part of her project, has distributed a total of 3000 thousand pairs of shoes to the students and 300 sanitary pads to the female students in this district. Her contribution allows many eager students in the district to make meaning of their education.

?The sanitary pads make us comfortable and concentrate in class, and the shoes make us happy and excited because some of us were not having shoes to wear to school?, Mary Jabaan, a beneficiary student attested.
For her initiative to help better the lives of others, Airtel Ghana, through its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, ?Airtel Touching Lives?, has offered to support Winifred with bales of clothes for distribution to the needy, as part of her project .

Additionally, Airtel has offered to support Winifred with her education and charity work. ?With this help from Airtel, I am going to do more?, an exited Winifred said.

The episode ?Touching Lives? also looked back at the story of Dora at Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, a mother of six whose husband mysteriously disappeared without trace about three years ago, leaving her with the difficult task of caring for the children single-handedly.
Airtel provided Dora with a provisions shop fully stocked to support her in taking care of her children.
Dora, who is now better off was full of appreciation for the support. ?Thanks to Airtel, things are going on well now?, she said.

She said, through the sales she makes from the shop, she is now able to look after her children in school.
Touching Lives 8 continues this weekend on Viasat 1,Metro TV and Multi TV (Joy News ) on Friday; TV Africa , GTV and Multi TV (Cine Afrik,Joy TV,Hitz TV, Adom TV) on Saturday and TV 3 on Sunday .


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