airtelAirtel continues to give back to the underprivileged in society through its Touching Lives corporate social responsibility initiative.

Latest to benefit from such support is the Nazareth Home of Children, a Tamale-based orphanage that takes care of stigmatised and abandoned children.

Airtel Ghana has taken responsibility for paying the school fees of the children in school and provided them with kids’ toys and learning materials. Airtel will also renovate and furnish the orphanage, construct a borehole, give food items and a provision-shop to help keep the home running

 The Nazareth Home has about twenty-five children who are believed to be bearing various societal stigmas.

According to the caretaker, Reverend Sister Theresa Mario Mumuni, popularly known as Sister Stan, the children are rejected because they are believed to carry some bad luck at infancy — some of which include strange scenarios like biting their mother’s breast during breastfeeding, born during a famine or their mothers dying at birth.

Sister Stan, who along with a team of volunteers and few staff runs the orphanage, explains that most of the time the children are subjected to very harsh treatment and are rescued into the orphanage.

“We feed them, cloth them and provide them with basic education here in the orphanage. We try to restore the confidence they need as children to grow into better adults,” she said.

Head of Corporate Communications at Airtel, Donald Gwira, said Airtel is happy that throughout this season’s episodes of the Touching Lives TV programme, “We have been able to bring to light some of the truly remarkable deeds of people to their communities.

You realise from Sister Stan’s story for example that it is a good case of an individual helping society from the goodness of her heart without expecting anything back, and it is that same spirit we want people to emulate,” he said.

According to Mr. Gwira, Airtel is mindful of the kind of support it gives out because “we do not want to make beneficiaries dependent on us, that is why we always ensure what we give out is sustainable over time.”

CSR Manager at Airtel Ghana, Maame Dufie Cudjoe, added that “Airtel is all out to enrich the lives of Ghanaians. We notice that sometimes all people need is just a push to realise their prospects and dreams so they can also go out there and help others.

It is amazing the sorts of help ordinary people out there are giving to others, and we are happy to be a part of their lives,” she said.

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