Koforidua, April 19, GNA – MTN Ghana on Thursday launched

an Alternative Livelihood Project (ALP), aimed at improving quality

of life for persons with disability in Koforidua.
The project would provide 150 MTN motorized custom

tricycles worth GH¢ 468,882.00 to physically challenged persons in

high traffic locations across the country.
The tricycles, powered by solar-enabled devices, would serve as

sales points for airtime, SIM cards, and SIM and mobile money

registration among others.
Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive, MTN,

launching the project, said the project formed part of

MTN’s effort at promoting employment in the country.
“We recognize the fact that the issue of unemployment is a big

one and ranks very high on the government’s list of priority areas,

therefore as a responsible corporate organization, we must fully

support this national concern to provide employment to the people

of Ghana”, she added.
Mrs Lumor said the issue of supporting the physically

challenged was particularly critical because of MTN’s own core

values which stress the “Can Do spirit” and the company’s

conviction that the disabled had a lot of potential if given the

opportunity and the tools.
She said the maintenance of the tricycles for the first

year had been built into the initial costing and beneficiaries will bear

the cost only after the first year.
Mrs Lumor added that the project would also train the

beneficiaries on how to operate the equipment.
President of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled

(PWDs), Mr Joseph Adu-Boampong, said all over the

world PWDs suffer discrimination and in some cases total exclusion

from participating in their communities.
“Misconception of disability as incapacitation and ill-founded

cultural beliefs that disability is an affront, poetic justice, and

ill-omen, among others work together to make society, societal

systems and operations inaccessible to PWDs”, he added.
He said those beliefs also induce members against PWDs,

hence preventing their development.
Mr Adu-Boampong expressed gratitude to MTN for

the initiation of social protection intervention for them and assured

the company of their support to collaborate to

implement the project.

GNA

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