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The MTN Foundation has today handed over scholastic materials including books, pens and bags and launched a one-year feeding program for Summit View Army Primary School, Kololo.

Commander Special Forces Command, Brigadier Don William Nabaasa receives the assortment of donated items from MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte.

The MTN Foundation has today handed over scholastic materials including books, pens and bags and launched a one-year feeding program for Summit View Army Primary School, Kololo.

The school has a population of 500, with pupils coming from the slum areas of Kamwokya,Makerere, Bwaise. A majority of the pupils are children of the UPDF soldiers. The MTN Foundation made the decision to support Summit View Primary School from a list of schools that were in need provided by KCCA.

The donation was pledged at the MTN Global Leadership Gathering (GLG), a summit of over 200 top executives from across 24 countries where MTN operates. “The objective of the GLG donation is to empower the pupils and teachers of Summit View Primary School through the provision of materials that will aid and enable access to quality
education,” said Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO MTN Uganda at the handover of the items.

The handover of the items was made at the MTN Nyonyi Gardens offices in the presence of KCCA officials and the UPDF Chief of Defense Forces. “Through our engagement with KCCA, they showed us the need assessment of Summit View Primary School and we considered that the situation needed to be improved for the pupils that
are already in need,” Vanhelleputte added.

The school had several needs including poor quality classroom infrastructure, the absence of a proper feeding program and the fact that most pupils attending the school are from the impoverished areas near Kololo. MTN Foundation is donating items like 300 solar school bags from the MTN Group and scholastic materials including exercise books, pens, and textbooks.

The MTN Foundation has today handed over scholastic materials including books, pens and bags and launched a one-year feeding program for Summit View Army Primary School, Kololo.

Additionally, for the next one-year, Summit View Primary School will have a steady supply food, courtesy of the MTN Foundation. “Each child will also receive a school uniform and we also providing sanitary pads. We believe
that this donation will go a long way in ensuring that the pupils focus on their school work and not worry about the next meal or where they will get the next a book to use,” said H.E Major General (Rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo, the South African High Commissioner, who is also a trustee of the MTN Foundation.

Adding, “Improving education and health service delivery continue to be the largest social investments for the MTN Foundation. There is an impact that can be created in the two sectors. We pledge further support.”

In attendance were staff from Special Forces Command, Uganda People’s Defence Forces, KCCA and MTN leadership and staff. Pupils of Summit View Primary School spent the day at MTN, touring MTN offices and enjoying the play area set up at the premises.

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