MTN Ghana Foundation, the CSR arm of MTN Ghana has been adjudged the Best Company in Women Empowerment at the 2018 Sustainability and Social Investment Awards held in Accra.
At the same event, MTN Ghana Foundation also emerged Best Company in Economic Empowerment; Best Company in Project Providing Educational Facilities; Best Company in Health Facilities.
In addition, MTN Ghana Foundation picked up the SSI Project of the Year Award, and Health Category making it a total of five awards for the night.
Receiving the award, the Executive Secretary of the MTN Ghana Foundation, Mr. Robert Kuzoe said, “the awards reinforce our commitment to be the benchmark for Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives in Ghana. It is evident that our works are impacting lives and transforming communities”.
“MTN Ghana will continue to invest in Corporate Social Investment, that will brighten lives across our communities in Ghana,” he said.
Launched in November 2007, the Ghana Foundation has implemented over 142 major projects in its focus areas of Health, Education and Economic Empowerment in communities in all ten regions of Ghana. In all, the MTN Ghana Foundation has instituted 80 educational projects, 52 health projects and 10 economic empowerment projects at a total cost of GHc32 Million. Impacting more than 4 million lives across the country.
As part of activities commemorating its 11th Anniversary this year, MTN Ghana Foundation will commission an ultra-modern library and ICT Center for New Juaben SHS, donate 100 computers to Takoradi Technical University in support of an E-Library project and distribute Science Sets to 14 basic schools across the country. In addition, It will also host an exhibition to showcase apps and software created by incubatees who were sponsored by MTN Ghana Foundation at the Ghana Multi Media Incubator Centre.
The MTN Ghana Foundation has been recognized by many organizations for its contributions to sustainable and impactful projects across Ghana. Some of the awards include the overall CSR Company of the Year 2018, 2016 and 2015 by Ghana CSR Excellence Awards (GHACEA), CSR Company of Year at the GITTA Awards, Highest Corporate Blood Donor in 2013 and the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year 2017 at the National Philanthropy Excellence Awards. MTN Heroes of Change was adjudged 2016 IPR Best Community Relations Programme of the Year and CSR Program of the Year 2015 by the Head of State Awards (HoSA) Scheme.
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From inception to December 2017, the Foundation had undertaken 142 major projects across the country.
Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital.
Education projects undertaken include: construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research.
Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.