A statement issued in Accra by Mrs Cynthia Lumor, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, said the 13-week TV series has so far showcased the work of six of the ten finalists for Heroes of Change Season II.
They include the stories of: Mr Nayina Karim, a Social Entrepreneur, who established a rehabilitation center and school for malnourished children in Karaga community in the Northern region; Yvonne Boaduaa from the Eastern Region, who runs a training and housing facility dedicated to giving physically challenged persons the skills needed to make a living; and Mrs Salome Francois, who established the New Horizon School 40 years ago to support children with disabilities.
It said another finalist was Isaac Adjaottor, a Community Health Worker from Ada Foah in the Greater Accra Region, has distributed over 6,000 bed nets in his village and surrounding villages to help reduce malaria in the community.
He also uses proceeds from the sale of his farm produce to pay the school fees of deprived children.
Other heroes are Madam Paulina Opei and Reverend Joseph Jehu-Appiah.
Madam Opei established the “Save Our Lives” Orphanage to support orphans with formal education and provide them the opportunity to have brighter future while Rev Jehu-Appiah has also set up a center in Apam in the Central Region dedicated to caring for disabled children in the community.
Mrs Lumor said “the MTN Heroes of Change programme is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities to improve the lives of people.”
She said the Foundation was happy to showcase the work of these unsung heroes and recognize their contributions to society, “we believe that through the support we give to them, they will be able to extend their projects to benefit more people.”
The MTN Heroes of Change is an initiative by which MTN Ghana Foundation seeks to identify and support people, who have made significant impact in their communities in the areas of Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.
At the end of the TV series, an independent panel of judges would select three category winners and an ultimate 2015 MTN Hero of Change.
The ultimate winner would receive project support of GH₵100,000.00, while each of the category winners would receive Gh₵20,000.00.
The other seven finalists would receive Gh₵5,000.00 and the public has been encouraged to vote for their favorite heroes by texting their names to short code 1406 on all networks to determine the winners.