From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The country’s leading telecommunication company MTN, in its efforts to create a platform for persons with disability to be literates in the Information Communication Technology (ICT), has established ICT learning centre for the Edwenase Rehabilitation Home in Kumasi.
MTN apart from equipping the new ICT cnetre with ten brand new computers and their accessories, the company, also shouldered other costs such as painting and wiring the place, as well as provision of furniture.
The handing over ceremony to the home formed part of activities to round up this year’s annual 21 days community service and staff volunteerism dubbed “21 days Y’ello care”.
The month long community service and staff volunteerism which was themed, “In vesting in education for all”, created opportunity for MTN’s to participate in communal work as way of giving back to the society.
The Corporate Service Advisor, MTN Northern sector, Mrs. Charity Dark , speaking to The Herald after the official inauguration of the centre and presentation of the ten new Dell computers to the home , explained that as a rehabilitation home saturated with several needs, MTN, as part of its social corporate responsibilities, decided to set up the ICT centre to create opportunity for the students there also acquire knowledge in ICT.
“ We of the MTN are full aware of several needs of the rehabilitation home which the ICT centre is not exempted , hence our resolved decision to put up the centre to help it meet some of its numerous needs,” she stressed.
Mrs. Darko, revealed that besides the 21 days Y’ello care through the MTN foundation, the company would keep its focus on other pressing areas such as education, health, social and economic empowerment.
“ In future we believe ICT gadgets for the blind will be provided to serve the needs o f the visually impaired students at the home as we have done to their colleagues at the School for the Blind at Akropong in the Eastern region,” she promised.
She hinted that very soon, hospital equipment would be given to some selected health facilities through the support of the foundation.
The director of the home, Mr. Modesto Achiwole, said it was first of its kind in the history of the home to have received such support from any corporate entity. According to him, after several proposals sent to many organizations to come to aid of the home were turned down, with sad comments that what kind of products the home could churn out to benefit their services, MTN was only company that responded to its proposal.
“We are greatly remained indebted to MTN for assisting us with an ICT centre, after many organizations have rejected our proposals to offer such huge support to the home “he remarked.
He was full praises of MTN for the support stressing that it would continue to remain indelible mark in the life of the school.
He still appealed to other institutions to for the suit of MTN adding that the home could admit more students than the current seventy- five students if the required supports are provided not only by the state but individuals and corporate organizations .
He disclosed that the ICT centre, would be opened to children from other schools around the home with such facility.