The MTN Foundation is the corporate social investment division within MTN whose mandate is to change lives and transform communities. Our policy is to bring about meaningful, measurable and sustainable change that will lay the foundations for disadvantaged and rural communities to become more self-reliant. Our interventions place a strong emphasis on capacity-building and empowerment. The mandate of the MTN Foundation is to “Change Lives and Transform Communities”.
The MTN Foundation subscribes under four pillars:
In alignment with MTN Foundation Group strategy, 60% of the budget is dedicated to Education projects, particularly information communication technology (ICT) and the digitization of education. Since its inception in 2006, the MTN Foundation Swaziland has existed as a function and under the auspices of the Corporate Affairs department. Though the magnitude of projects undertaken by the MTN Foundation is growing by leaps and bounds.
The MTN Foundation’s ethos is to build sustainable and long term relationships with stakeholders. The MTN Foundation leverages its projects on partnerships with best in class players in the social developmental sector, with an emphasis on organisations aligned with the MTN Foundation focus areas. We also believe in Private and Public Partnerships (PPP), with a view to support and enhance the Swazi Government’s efforts to realise her socio-economic development mandate in the country. The Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Esicojeni Foundation, Imbali Foundation, World Vision, Peace Corp, Young Heroes (to name a few), have been crucial strategic partners in the implementation of the MTN Foundation projects.
21 Days of Y’ello Care Projects
The 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign is an annual employee volunteerism initiative launched by MTN Group in 2007. It aims to secure high participation levels of MTN staff in high-impact social projects in their local communities. Since its inception the campaign has successfully profiled MTN as a caring and socially responsible employer. This year will saw the continuation of ‘Investing in Education for All’ theme, with specificity on integrating ICT solutions in education. This aligns with the Government’s commitment to meeting the deadline for the global Millennium Development Goals. Over the past 6 years, 21 Days of Yello Care has subscribed to this theme.
Projects are sub-divided into two categories, namely the Main project and Supporting projects.