Access BankFourteen institutions across the country have benefitted from Access Bank?s charity initiative.

The initiative is part of the bank?s Employee Volunteering Programme which allows employees to offer their time, expertise and other resources to support projects of real value to communities in which the bank operates.

Speaking to the media on the success of these projects, Matilda Asante-Asiedu, Head of Corporate Communications, said the bank has been overwhelmed by the massive response and participation rate of its staff this past year.

?The impact was phenomenal as the various projects touched the lives of more than 1,000 individuals, families and institutions across the country.?

According to Matilda, about 790 staff from all 39 office locations of the bank were constituted into 14 clusters to embark on the various community investments and social intervention programmes across the country during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

The institutions included the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital in Kumasi ? refurbishment of children?s ward and donation of equipment; Efia Nkwanta Regional Hospital ? donation of equipment and bills settlement at the paediatric ward; La General Hospital ? donation of equipment and a clean-up of the Surgical and Recovery Wards as well as the Out-Patient Department; National Blood Bank ? blood donation exercise; NHIS ? registration of 169 children to access quality healthcare at Amasaman.

Education-wise, the bank supported Tuobodom Secondary and Technical School ICT Centre by supplying building materials for its refurbishment; James Town Sempe Primary School ? refurbishment of computer laboratory, supply of computers and printer; and Salvation Army School for Street Girls ? donation of classroom furniture.

Other institutions were Noyuini Orphanage Tamale ? donation of a refrigerator, sanitary and food items; Royal Seed Orphanage, Central Region ? donation of sanitary and food items; Save Them Young Orphanage, Bethlehem, near Ashaiman ? refurbishment of canteen, donation of food items, clothing, toys and sanitary supplies; and Ghana Federation of the Disabled ? painting the administration block, clean-up and donation of food items.

The bank also donated and held mentoring sessions at the following institutions: the Junior Girls? Correctional and Boys? Remand Home, Shelter for Abused Children, and South Labone Girls? Vocation Training Centre, all in La, Accra.

Over the last three years, Access Bank has continuously demonstrated a strong commitment to social sector investments in line with its strategy of contributing to the long-term sustainable development of its operating environment.

In 2012, the bank donated over US$87,000 to the National Hajj Committee to ensure smooth housing and logistics planning for the pilgrims. These social sector investments contributed to its being adjudged the Most Socially Responsible Bank in Ghana in 2010.

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