Tradition respected. This year once more, MTN Foundation supports the back-to-school of underprivileged children in the ten regions of Cameroon. The #Back2skoul caravan was in motion on 5 September 2018. First stopover: the “Nouvelle Destinée” orphanage of the Lendi neighbourhood in Douala.

On this occasion, Friends of the MTN Foundation handed school kits to the inmates of this institution. These school stationery included bags, exercise books and pens. This donation also comprises scholarships for the best students of the orphanage, a mini library equipped with curriculum books and protection equipment such as umbrellas and overcoats.

Ten other orphanages and social care centres shall host this caravan in the next few days and receive the same kits for their inmates. This will totalize eleven institutions which MTN Foundation supports within the framework of its programme on access by all to quality education this year. To improve the impact of this initiative, MTN Foundation has revised its approach by reducing the number of beneficiaries and increasing the envelope allocated to support each child.

This new approach has enabled to care for 3,048 children during the last academic year with a global success rate of over 70%. The excellent results of three of these social care structures are to be noted: “Orphelinat Manodacha” in the West region, “Centre d’Accueil des Enfants en Detresse de Marie Claude Nlate” in the South region and Garden for Education and Healing Orphanage in the North-West region scored a success rate of 100%, 96% and 92% respectively.

Results which comfort MTN Foundation in this excellence-oriented approach. And to even do better, Friends of the MTN Foundation will be more involved in the daily activities of these children through free-will donations and the provision of extra classes to these young learners.

As a reminder, since the launch in 2014 of the #Back2Skoul caravan, MTN Foundation has already supported over 15,000 vulnerable children throughout the 10 regions of the country. Handling the primary school enrolment of 2,100 children in the Logone & Chari Division in the Far North region since 2012 is a good example of this approach oriented towards quality education and excellent results.

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