MTN’s staff has today digitally upskilled and offered recovery packages to The Missionaries of the Poor, a Rubaga-based charity home that provides shelter to orphans and homeless people, as part of the company’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care (21 DOYC) drive aimed at supporting communities to drive economic recovery. (MTN reaches out to Rubaga’s Vulnerable Groups | 21 Days of Y’ello Care)
The MTN Internet bus provided training on how to use a computer and the internet, create emails, look for business tutorials on YouTube, and more to some of the community’s youth.
According to John Walusimbi, an ICT trainer on the MTN Internet bus, there is a large number of young people in the neighborhood who are keen to learn more about ICT.
Alex Mutagaya, a Rubaga native, claimed he had been taught how to access YouTube videos teaching about tailoring but didn’t have a smartphone or computer to practice the processes.
As a result of these challenges, MTN has provided the Missionaries of the Poor Group with computers, printers, sewing machines, wheelchairs, and educational resources in order to help them survive in the digital world.
Other items donated include 200 kilograms of sugar, 200 kilograms of maize flour, 200 kilograms of beans, a sewing machine, blankets, and hygiene products such as sanitizer, liquid soap, adult diapers, surgical gloves, and toilet paper.
Brother Zoachim Lakra, the home’s proprietor, expressed his gratitude to the MTN team for their generous gifts and asked that this generosity be extended to other vulnerable groups in need of rehabilitation.
“MTN has not abandoned us,” Lakra remarked, “and may God bless all the works of your hands.”
Richard Yego, the Managing Director of MTN Mobile Money Services, congratulated MTN employees for participating in community activities and sharing their digital talents with the underserved in his remarks.
“We are glad to boost our communities by assisting them in regenerating their enterprises and empowering youth and underprivileged people to participate in the development of their societies,” stated Yego.
In agreement with Yego, MTN’s General Manager of Human Resources Micheal Sekkade says the 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign fosters affection between MTN and the many people it helps, which he believes is a good thing for the company and the public.
Under the same initiative, another set of staff members reached out to the Masaka Diocesan Youth Organisation today. MTN Uganda will fund the training of up to 2,000 youngsters in coffee farming, a profitable cash crop in Masaka, as a means of assisting them in achieving economic progress.
MTN’s Jimmy Ssempuuma also added that MTN will support the youth in harnessing the power of digital skills to better manage their coffee-growing enterprise, such as using the internet to find more innovative ways of tending to their coffee plantations, adding value to their coffee, and finding the right market for it, at an event presided over by Fr. Deusdedit ssekabira, the Maska Diocese youth leader.
The MTN 21 DOYC is an annual MTN employee volunteerism effort that ensures high levels of MTN staff participation in high-impact social projects that uplift and empower the communities where the company works. (MTN reaches out to Rubaga’s Vulnerable Groups | 21 Days of Y’ello Care – CELEBRITY JAZZ UG)