MTN Ghana Foundation funded training for 20 persons with disability (PWDs) at the St. Theresa Centre for the Physically Challenged at Akatsi-Abor in Keta. MTN Foundation provided GH¢156,000 in funding to cover full scholarship for all 20 students, which included meals, examination fees, school uniforms, and resources for practical work over a 3-year period.
Participants graduated from programs in dressmaking and tailoring, broadloom weaving, electronics servicing and repairs, computer hardware, leatherwork and general printing.
Education Advisor at MTN Foundation Mr. Ebenezer Terkpeh described the investment as a worthy one. He noted that MTN Ghana shared similar values of a ‘can do’ spirit demonstrated by students of St. Theresa Centre who he said believed had had to overcome several challenges to arrive at that moment in their lives.
Director of the centre, Rev. Fr. Johnson Emmanuel paid tribute to MTN Ghana Foundation for its support, which he described as an uncommon demonstration of a deep rooted concern and dedication for the transformation of life. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel called out politicians who he believed only saw St. Theresa Centre as a political tool for advancing their political ambitions by making promises they never intended to honor.
Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Cynthia Morrison praised the centre as one of the rare institutions in Ghana that continued to pursue the concept of inclusive education. Ms. Morrison commended MTN Ghana for supporting an important cause. She challenged other organisations and churches to pay more attentive to the needs of the social vulnerable.
St. Theresa Center for the Physically Challenged is a non-profiting institution depending on the Catholic Diocese of Keta-Akatsi to equip PWDs and the less-privileged with skills to be self-reliant. It was stared by late Rev. Fr. Angelo Confalonieri, a Combonian missionary from Italy and commissioned on April 29, 1989.