As MTN foundation gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, MTN Uganda the company that owns the Non-Profit foundation has more than doubled its budget to 5 billion shillings this year up from 2 billion shillings last year.
MTN which is Uganda’s leading telecom company commits 1% of its budget every year to corporate social responsibility through the MTN foundation, and this year the foundation plans to build 5 schools across Uganda’s regions, restock 5 regional hospitals, provide sanitary pads, and also build an innovation centre at a University in Uganda.
Speaking at the ceremony where the Cheque was handed over to the MTN’s board of Trustees, MTN Uganda’s CEO Wim Vanhelleputte said that the company has spent over 30 billion shillings on corporate social responsibility as a give back to society.
Speaking at the same event, the South African High commissioner to Uganda H.E L.S Molo noted that these efforts to give back have had real impact on society, and he noted his own experience on a visit to Oliver Tambo Primary school in Kaweweta where MTN gave out sanitary pads to students, ”The parents were very excited that pads would no longer be one of the reasons their children were not going to school”
The MTN foundation has over the years worked on a number of projects including the renovation of the Lugogo Indoor stadium now called MTN Arena.