MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation in Cameroon, is pleased to announce the handing over, on 7 April 2022, of a significant stock of medical equipment to the South-West Region to fight against the current cholera epidemic.

The donation was received during a ceremony at the Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Public Health in Buea, in the presence of the Regional Delegate and his entourage as well as representatives of MTN Cameroon.

The stock provided to the Ministry of Public Health consists mainly of Ringer Lactate solutions, which is a sodium chloride composition administered as a drip to cholera patients to help them resist chronic dehydration that can lead to their death.

The drugs provided are for the relief teams of all the health districts supervised by the Regional Delegation.

“Faced with threats such as epidemics, the duty of solidarity  compels us all. And for more than 10 years of activity in Cameroon,  MTN Foundation has always responded. With this donation provided today, we hope that lives will be saved, and families will find a smile. This is also an opportunity to thank the medical staff for their dedication,” said Danielle Mbome Efoula, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation.

This humanitarian aid operation is part of the support to national priorities, one of the areas recently approved by the MTN Foundation Board of Trustees during its session of 24 March 2022.

Another priority domain is the contribution to the development of a solid and impactful digital ecosystem to foster the empowerment of young people, notably women and access by the greatest majority to quality education.

MTN Foundation, very first corporate foundation in Cameroon has announced the adoption of its new action plan at the end of its Board of Trustees  meeting held on 24 March 2022 at the MTN Cameroon head office in Douala.

The meeting was headed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of  MTN Foundation, former Minister Sanda Oumarou, assisted by five (5) other Directors, namely Dr. Ruth Engo Bamela, Vice-Chairperson of the Board, Dr. Henriette Meilo and Mr. Alain Malong, all public figures on the one hand, and on the other hand, Mrs. Jacqueline Iyok-Egbe as well as Mr. Jean Melvin Akam, representatives of MTN Cameroon in the said Board.

On the agenda of the meeting were the evolution of the institution’s governance, presentation of the financial report for 2021 and adoption of an action plan in line with the new priorities of the MTN Group.

MTN Foundation’s action plan for 2022 gives pride of place to the digital transformation of the continent in line with the MTN Group’s Ambition 2025 strategy.

Following this repositioning, 60% of the 2022 budget will be dedicated to the key programme dubbed “Open the Digital World” dedicated to the development of a strong and impactful digital ecosystem to empower young people and women as well as provide access to quality education for all. Secondly, 30% of the budget will be dedicated to supporting national priorities and local development initiatives under the “Good Together” programme.

At the end of the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees  said he was satisfied with the quality of the discussions and density of the projects proposed. “It is important to remember that in an inclusive approach, MTN Foundation will work to enable communities to benefit from the advantages of a connected world. Because this is the duty of MTN, an African company born in Africa, to go beyond business to bring sustainable value to communities,” said Mr. Sanda Oumarou. “The implementation of these initiatives will certainly contribute to building an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable society,” he concluded.

The implementation of the projects selected by the MTN Foundation will be the subject of specific communications in the coming weeks. Individuals and organisations with projects can continue to submit their projects to the Foundation via the following email address: Foundation.CM@mtn.com.

MTN, Cameroon’s leading telecommunications company, announces the launch of the Y’ello Xmas caravan dedicated to the celebration of the 2021 festive season with disadvantaged communities from the ten regions of Cameroon.

The city of Douala hosted the first lap of this caravan on 8 December 2021 where 150 children received their gifts from the hands of Father Christmas. The ceremony took place under the patronage of Mrs. Tracy Blewett, wife of the CEO of MTN Cameroon. She was accompanied by the Friends of MTN Foundation and members of the MTN Cameroon Women’s Development Programme.

Dear children, we want this day to be one of your fondest memories. We have taken the opportunity offered by the end-of-year celebrations to assure you that you are not alone. And we intend to stay by your side to build a brighter future with you,” said MTN Cameroon’s General Manager of Human Resources, Mrs. Evangeline Biboum in her circumstantial address.

The cities of Limbe in the South-West region and Yagoua in the Far North region will simultaneously receive the Y’ello Xmas caravan on 15 December 2021. Then the caravan will move on to the cities of Yaounde in the Centre region, then Bafoussam in the West. The operation will enable 500 children, all internally displaced by the ongoing crises in the North-West, South-West and Far-North regions, to experience a dream Christmas.

This 8th edition of the Y’ello Xmas caravan was made possible thanks to the employees of MTN Cameroon who donated all the gifts distributed during this caravan. Initiated in 2013 by the MTN Foundation, this caravan has already brought smiles to more than 10,000 underprivileged children in 90 orphanages and foster homes across Cameroon.

MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation in Cameroon, announces the handing of a significant donation to several associations in the district of Batié on 1 May 2021. This was during a ceremony at the head office of the Francis Ngannou Foundation, presided over by the Senior Divisional Officer of the Upper -Plateaux Division, in the presence of the Divisional Officer, Mayor, Paramount Chief of Batié, several parliamentarians and consuls as well as the population of Batié who massively turned out to welcome the new UFC Heavyweight World Champion in Mixed Martial Arts. Continue reading “The Francis Ngannou and MTN Foundations assist the underprivileged in Batié”

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon, Stephen BLEWETT was received by the Minister of Public Health, MANAOUDA Malachie, on 25 March 2021 in Yaounde. The two personalities essentially exchanged views on the contribution by the leader in mobile telephony to the national response against Covid-19.

This support will be provided within the framework of the African Union’s Go Africa initiative, through which the MTN Group has financed the acquisition of millions of doses of the anti-Covid19 vaccine. The priority of this programme is to vaccinate health workers who have paid a heavy price since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Discussions between the two institutions considered the possibility for Cameroon to benefit, through the Ministry of Public Health, from other doses of vaccine in the same way as several other African countries.

This approach is part of MTN Cameroon’s commitment to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus in Cameroon through several actions taken since March 2020.

It should be noted that MTN Foundation has already provided substantial support to the Government’s National Response Plan. In addition, it has distributed protection kits (face masks, overalls, hydroalcoholic gel, etc.) to the most exposed professional and social communities, facilitated communication for health personnel, equipped several primary schools with hand-washing stations, installed an oxygen plant at the Laquintinie Hospital in Douala, etc.

MTN Cameroon remains at the side of the Government and Cameroonians to defeat this pandemic which is a common enemy.

MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation in Cameroon is celebrating #WorldWaterDay on 22 March 2021, under the theme “valuing water”.

The company echoes the message of the United Nations which reminds that “water is at the heart of sustainable development and is essential for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and human survival. Water is vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving health, well-being and productivity.

MTN Foundation’s commitment to providing access to potable water for all in Cameroon for several years now fits perfectly with this vision. Thus, it has just commissioned a modern potable water supply system in the young farmers’ village of Wassandé, in the Adamawa Region. The system also enables the irrigation of plantations of hundreds of water-deficient communities. In 2019, a similar system was deployed in Nlobesse in the South Region. For the happiness of hundreds of farmers and families living along the river.

Since 2006, MTN Foundation has been involved in the promotion of access to potable water. In this regard, roughly 50 potable water points have already been built across the regions of the country, benefiting some 180,000 people on a daily basis. Priority is given to rural areas where access to the precious liquid is still an enormous difficulty for communities exposed to water-borne diseases, as illustrated through a survey by the National Institute of Statistics dating from 2018. 77% of the urban population had access to drinking water in Cameroon, compared to 44% in rural areas.

The potable water access points built by the MTN Foundation are of several types: wells with hand pumps built in partnership with the Otélé Potable Water Project (PEP Otélé), boreholes constructed in partnership with organisations such as GIZ, entire potable water supply projects with distribution networks such as the one in the locality of Nzemelem, in the Western Region, or those in Nlobesse and Wassande.

“This year’s celebration comes in a particular context, which is that of Covid-19. This health crisis reminds us of the necessity and urgency for everyone, and especially for disadvantaged communities to have access to potable water in order to respect hygiene measures and remain safe from the virus. MTN Foundation is proud to contribute to protecting Cameroonians and remains committed to continue promoting access to safe drinking water, in addition to Education and Health”, says Jean-Melvin AKAM, MTN Foundation Trustee.

MTN Foundation, within the context   of its Y’ello Hope initiative, will provide protective equipment to some of the most exposed communities across the 10 regions of Cameroon.

 

Douala, 01 June 2020.  MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation created in Cameroon, announces the launch of an initiative dubbed ”Y’ello Hope” to enhance MTN’s contribution to the national response against the spread of Covid-19. The announcement was made to the press on Friday, 29 May 2020 at an unprecedented digital press conference in Cameroon, where MTN Foundation officials, journalists and bloggers from Yaounde and Douala were able to interact in strict compliance with the barrier measures.

The activities of the Y’ello Hope initiative will be deployed in the form of a caravan that will cover all the 10 regions of Cameroon, for 21 days, starting Monday 1 June 2020, in lieu of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care, traditional volunteer programme by MTN employees,  suspended this year due to the restrictive measures imposed by the coronavirus health crisis.

The Y’ello Hope caravan will provide protective equipment to some of the most vulnerable communities notably medical staff, teachers, municipality employees, call-box operators, media professionals, etc. Members of these communities will receive, among other things, disinfection equipment, approved and washable face masks, hydro-alcoholic solutions as well as other medical equipment.

In prelude to the launch of the caravan proper, MTN Foundation organised a digital awareness concert on Saturday 30 May 2020, in association with the Stanley Enow Foundation. In addition to the world-class artist Stanley Enow, other renowned Cameroonian artists such as Tenor, Locko and Salatiel took to the stage to deliver awareness messages and bring comfort to the people.

Pending the discovery and availability of a vaccine, compliance with barrier measures remains the best solution to stop the spread of the virus. MTN Foundation wishes to contribute to this, by enabling thousands of Cameroonians to protect themselves and others,” says Jean-Melvin Akam, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus health crisis in Cameroon, MTN has been at the forefront of the national response plan. Notably, the company has contributed significantly to the intensification of awareness campaigns. MTN Cameroon’s network, technologies and digital platforms have been made available to the Ministry of Public Health to disseminate prevention and awareness messages on the MTN network. Nearly 350 million awareness SMS messages have been sent to MTN subscribers since March.

MTN Cameroon also facilitates communication for health personnel involved in operations to combat the spread of Covid-19. Three hours of free communication are thus offered every day to nurses, doctors, laboratory workers, hygiene and cleanliness personnel involved in the fight against coronavirus according to the lists transmitted by the Ministry of Public Health.

At the same time, the company has suspended fees on MTN Mobile Money transactions; MTN Cameroon provides pupils and students free access to online educational resources; the company reinforces the skills of entrepreneurs, free of charge, in these difficult times; it offers  the vast majority of its staff  the opportunity to work remotely, and  has adapted several of its offers to the needs of users in confinement. These are all measures that help reduce travel, curb the use of cash, lessen contact and overall, limit the risk of spreading the virus.

We are living a critical moment in the life of humanity which requires active solidarity. Solidarity has always been part of MTN’s identity. In the specific case of Covid-19, at MTN, we have the deep conviction that, together we can succeed. The Y’ello Hope initiative is our way of bringing ourselves together including Cameroonian communities, and managing this crisis together,” concludes the Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation.

MTN Foundation announces that, it is providing free access to websites and other digital platforms dedicated to education from MTN’s network in Cameroon.

This initiative, which is part of the national response to the spread of covid-19, will enable pupils, students and teachers to access the educational resources they need, without consuming their airtime or internet bundles, at this time when schools and universities have shut down.

The list of relevant platforms is available on MTN Cameroon’s website at mtn.cm/school-goes-on. This list includes local and international platforms and will evolve according to the demands of learners and institutions.

Free access to educational platforms enriches the measures taken by MTN Foundation as part of the national response to covid-19. In agreement with the Ministry of Public Health, MTN Foundation supports the ”National Response Operational Plan against covid-19 in Cameroon 2020”, through the intensification of awareness, facilitation of communications by health personnel and assistance in the establishment of testing centers.

MTN Global Yello Care Day: Drugs and violence amongst youths in Cameroon at the centre of discussions at the National Assembly

The CEO of MTN Cameroon led a powerful delegation to the National Assembly on the occasion of the conference-debate organized by the company on Thursday, 20 June  2019, under the theme “Drugs and violence amongst youths in Cameroon”.

Chaired by the Right Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, Speaker of the National Assembly, this action falls within the framework of our 21 Days of Yello Care social programme, notably the MTN Global Yello Care Day, which focuses on the causes that affect youths. In total, 300 social stakeholders (pupils, students, young MPs, parents, teachers, etc.) will participate in the activities led by experts, who will facilitate the various discussion panels. Through this meeting, MTN Cameroon intends to contribute to the various ongoing initiatives promoted at the highest level of the State by the President of the Republic, who has created an Inter-Ministerial Committee against the cultivation, marketing and consumption of narcotics.

The Ministries of Posts and Telecommunications, Secondary Education, Public Health, Social Affairs, Youth and Civic Education among others, took part in the deliberations as partners of the event.

This event also includes the organization of a hackathon, application development competition, which will allow young developers representing several universities and higher education institutions to demonstrate their creative ingenuity in the field of digital innovation for the benefit of our youth. 

 

MTN Cameroon employees commit to youth empowerment through the annual volunteerism program “21 Days of #YelloCare”

MTN Cameroon, leader of the electronic communications sector in Cameroon announces the launch of the 13th edition of the annual 21 Days of Y’ello Care program which will run from 1-21 June. This year, the Y’ello Care campaign will once again focus on Youth Empowerment under the theme “Creating a Brighter Future for our Youth”. For 21 days, MTN employees in all 21 operations of the Group will give back to their communities by implementing impactful social projects in their localities.

 Here in Cameroon, MTN staff have chosen to realize several projects Nationwide that will benefit the youths, particularly those with disabilities, and address the problem of drug abuse which is today a national priority area by Government.

 The first project which seeks to empower persons with disabilities will result in the construction of a modern multidisciplinary skills enhancement training center for trades based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at Essengue, Douala for vulnerable youths in support of the association “Donnons-nous la main”. This facility will be used for the training of handicapped persons on various jobs such as Office automation, Infographics, Video development, Community management etc. to enable them to be gainfully employed and fend for themselves with dignity. Several other associations working with people with disabilities will be supported by MTNers Nationwide such as:

  • ISDA, a specialized institute for the hard of hearing, Garoua, North region
  • “L’Excellence de Sabongari” training center, Ngaoundere, Adamawa region
  • Ferme Ecole de Kaigama, Bertoua, East region
  • Blessing Associates for Women and Children, Kumba, South-West region
  • MOHCAM Mother of Hope Cameroon, Bamenda, North-West region
  • Maison St Damien Et Camille De Bafoussam, Bafoussam, West region
  • Centre Adaima Kalkal, Maroua, Far North region
  • Centre social Bobine d’Or, Yaounde, Centre region

The 2019 program will climax on 20 June, which has been dubbed “MTN Day” with a conference to raise national awareness on the ills of drug abuse by the youths. This event will also include the organization of a hackathon, an application development challenge, which will enable young developers representing several Universities and institutions of higher learning to showcase their creative ingenuity in the domain of digital innovation at the service of our youths.

 Commenting on the Y’ello Care program, MTN Cameroon CEO, Hendrik Kasteel, states that: “As a future-focused organization, MTN instituted the 21 Days of Y’ello Care program as far back as 2007 to provide employees with a platform to make a sustainable difference in the lives of members of our communities on an annual basis above and beyond the activities of our Foundation and the work we do daily to provide simple, accessible and affordable solutions to millions of people and businesses. Since we believe at MTN that everyone deserves the benefits of modern connected life, the 21 Days program has become a revered rendez-vous; giving back is part of our DNA! We’re passionate about our 2019 projects and truly hope that they’ll add value to the lives of the beneficiaries. In addition, by focusing on the ills of drug abuse which is plaguing our society, we want to support Government’s laudable actions in this domain and further enlighten the youths, tomorrow’s leaders, on the negative effect of this vice, not only to themselves, but their family, communities and the Nation”.

 The dedication of employees to sustainably change lives with the heart has resulted in the recognition of MTN Cameroon as the best Y’ello Care operation within the MTN Group. Thanks to the quality of the projects implemented by MTN Cameroon staff, the operation won the Group President and CEO overall Y’ello Care award and a cash prize of USD100.000 in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The company also won the West and Central Africa President award and USD30.000 cash prize in 2016 and 2017. All of this money is reinvested by MTN Cameroon employees in social projects within their communities.

 Key achievements since 2012 by MTN Cameroon employees include the:

  • The building of 06 primary schools with a total of 22 classrooms
  • Construction and equipment of a science laboratory in Government High School Bobongo, Douala (2017)
  • Construction of a guest home for teachers in Government High School, Manoka, Littoral (2014)
  • Equipment of 07 libraries in municipalities across the country
  • Payment of school fees (entire primary cycle) of 2100 young girls in the Far North (2013)
  • Donation of telecommunications equipment to universities (2018)

Come 1 June, MTN employees will be able to care with the heart and spread a lot of Y’ello love.