By Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor
The 10 nominees of the just ended MTN Heroes of Change season 3 have paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Asante to express their appreciation towards the good works of MTN in showcasing their God talent and philanthropic works globally.
Addressing the entourage, the CEO of MTN, Mr. Ebenezer Asante used it as an opportunity to salute their great display of MTN values of Can-do, Leadership, and Innovation.
He stated, “Your selflessness and commitment in making our communities a better place is admirable. Your projects are making a great impact and helping create endless opportunities for many people.”
Presenting the cash cheques to the winners, Mr. Asante noted that they have fulfilled their promise and commitment with a token of their appreciation for the good work done.
He added that it is their hope that the prize money would be used to expand their projects and create more opportunities for more beneficiaries.
According to him, since the launch, they have seen the efforts of amazing people who bring hope to our communities and to individuals who have no hope.
“Your contributions to development in our communities cannot be quantified by money. The time, energy, sacrifice and commitment are invaluable,” he stressed.
The MTN CEO indicated that indeed, MTN Heroes of Change is one of the projects he is very passionate about and it’s a great pleasure to have the men and women who are championing community upliftment projects.
Mr. Asante emphasised that MTN initiated the project in July 2013 to identify and recognize unsung heroes who are making a difference in their communities, and by so doing, encourage others to emulate their example.
He finally congratulated all the nominees by stating that “With a great sense of pride I wish to congratulate you all for your contributions towards the development of our country. The very important contributions you are making for the advancement of society have been duly been recognized by MTN and the country as a whole. We are indeed very proud to be associated with you.”
BELOW IS A SHORT PROFILE OF THE FINALISTS
JOSEPH ASAKIBEEM (short code name “JOSEPH”): Based in Sirigu in the Upper East region, Mr. Asakibeem provides medical aid to children born with varying deformities. He also educates the community to about the true state of these children while encouraging them to desist from killing them as they are falsely perceived as “spirit children”. His project is supported by Afrikids UK through Afrikids Ghana.
DR. MICHAEL ADUSEI-NSOWAH (short code name “MICHAEL”): Through his rural eye health project, Dr. Adusei-Nsowah has helped numerous people with varying eye problems. While the project started with a loan, it is largely self-funded. Dr Adusei-Nsowah travels to health facilities in Asonomaso in the Ashanti region to give medical help to people who require eye treatment. Beneficiaries pay a token of 5 Ghana cedis for consultation services.
The overall winner of the MTN Heroes of Change, GENEVIEVE BASINGHA (short code name “GENEVIEVE”): Despite being deaf and dumb, Madam Basigha has set up a school in Obuasi in the Ashanti region which caters to children who are also deaf and dumb. The project is sustained through her own pocket as well as a GH70 fee paid per term by parents of the children.
IBRAHIM BAFARA ALHASSAN (short code name “IBRAHIM”): Operating from Wa in the Upper West, Ibrahim has helped eradicate poverty through his Vision Farms poultry project. By distributing birds to interested individuals who rear and resell them, the project has grown from just 10 birds to a movement spreading across 11 districts. The project is self-funded.
NANA PROF. OSEI KOFI DARKWA III (short code name “NANA”): Chief of Patriensa, professor and president of the Ghana Technology University College. He has established a 5 year developmental program to transform his community. He has helped construct a road that has significantly cut the time farmers commute from their farms to the market. This has helped them avoid long dangerous treks from farm to market and the issue of produce going bad. His project is self-funded and donations from friends.
JOANA MANSAH DEEGBE (short code name “JOANA”) She set up a community library in Shiashie to enable children improve their reading and literacy skills. She funds the project through donations from friends and family as well as the church. She’s a lawyer and educationist.
JOHN AMANKRAH ESSEL (short code name “JOHN”): Sets up schools within the Breman Asikuma region in very remote communities to give the children in its environs the required education. Over 300 children have benefited from his project which is funded through his personal income as well as a small token paid by the parents of the students.
REV. FR. MOSES ASAAH AWINONGYA (short code name “MOSES”): Through his NGO, Regentropfen Education Foundation, Rev. Asaah takes care of orphans and other needy children within Namoo in the Upper East by providing shelter and food. He set up a scholarship fund which helps brilliant but needy children through school, built a library and built a university in the village of Namoo with a hostel facility near completion. He funds the project through donations from individuals in Germany and Stiftung Regentropfen.
REV. MONSIGNOR. ALEX BOBBY BENSON (short code name “BOBBY”): Through funding from the Catholic Church, friends and other individuals, Father Benson has been able to cater for the needs of marginalized HIV/AIDS persons. His “Matthew 25” house has provided spiritual, emotional and financial support to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
JACK JAMES DAWSON (short code name “JACK”): Operating in the Atitekpo in the Volta Region, Jack set up the APPLE foundation which seeks to rescue children from trafficking. APPLE stands for Association of People for Practical Life Education. He’s a graphic designer and social worker who uses his personal income and donations to run his project.