The MTN Ghana Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of MTN Ghana, has been awarded once again for its outstanding and unabated contributions to sustainable and developmental projects across Ghana.

MTN's Plaque for the Award
MTN’s Plaque for the Award

Over the years, the Foundation has been investing in bold interventions that drive value in communities and the country as a whole. It undisputable fact, that the massive investments and the contributions have really changed the lives of Ghanaians.

The Foundation was therefore, awarded the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year at the National Philanthropy Excellence Awards organised in Accra.

The National Philanthropy Excellence Awards were presented to individuals, families, foundations or organizations with a proven record of exceptional generosity through direct financial support, and whose effort inspires others to become philanthropic leaders.

According to the organisers, the MTN Ghana Foundation was awarded the Philanthropist of the Year because of its outstanding commitment to making significant contributions to communities and national development projects.

Commenting on the awards, Corporate Service Executive of MTN Ghana, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, said: “We are honoured that our contribution to society has been celebrated in such a profound way.

The main aim of the MTN Ghana Foundation is to support National and International development priorities for broad community impact.

We intend to continue investing in bold interventions that drive value in communities and the country as a whole.”

She dedicated the award to all MTN Foundation stakeholders for partnering MTN to achieve such great heights.

Since its establishment in 2007, the MTN Ghana Foundation has funded and implemented over 140 major projects in its focus areas of education, health and economic empowerment, directly impacting an estimated four million beneficiaries.

In commemoration of MTN Ghana’s 20th Anniversary in 2016, the MTN Ghana Foundation made three commitments — to provide 300 scholarships to students across Ghana, to construct, furnish and equip a 40-bed maternity block for the Tema General Hospital and construct and equip a processing plant for women in oil palm production at Juaso in the Ashanti region.

In 2013, in a bid to encourage others to make impactful contributions to society, the MTN Ghana Foundation launched the MTN Heroes of Change (HOC) project to identify and recognise selfless people who sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives.

The HOC project is currently in its third season, with the projects of the final 10 nominees of Season III currently being showcased on air in a 13-week TV series.

The MTN Ghana Foundation has been recognised by many organisations for contributions to sustainable and impactful projects across Ghana.

The Foundation was crowned the overall CSR Company of the Year for the second consecutive time at the 6th Ghana CSR Excellence Awards (GHACEA) in 2016. At the same event, MTN Ghana also won the CSR Telecom Company of the Year.

The MTN Ghana Foundation also won awards such as 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 2016, the Foundation had undertaken 140 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.