MTN Rwanda offers Muslims early Eid al-Fitr package

17th August 2012

NYARUTARAMA: -In the spirit of the Ramadan festive season, MTN Rwanda today announced a financial package of Rwf11 million, to the ‘Foundation For The Future’ a Muslim non-government organization.

The package, which will help boost activities of 30 cooperatives and pay the national health insurance ‘Mutuelle De Sante’, for 400 Muslim faithful’s, registered under the organization is also in line with MTN Rwanda’s brand, ‘Better Together’.

‘Mutuelle deSante’ is a government initiated, community-based health insurance scheme that was put in place to facilitate Rwandans to access health services at cheaper costs.

A dummy cheque for the financial donation was received at MTN Rwanda offices on Friday by Sheikh MushumbaYounus, the Head Imam of Kigali (representing the Mufuti) and presented by Patrick Uwizeye, the GM in-charge of Business Risk Management at MTN.

According to Uwizeye, the gesture is part of the company’s long tradition of giving back to communities that are less fortunate and yet contribute to the common good.

Uwizeye also added that supporting the Muslim community during their festive season represents the company’s brand relevance which is ‘Better Together”.

“As members of the community, MTN Rwanda has a responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and since Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, we want them to enjoy Eid al-Fitr with a ‘Y’ello’ smile on their faces. A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities,” Uwizeye said.

“This has been a longstanding practice of MTN Rwanda. Last year we donated Rwf11.05 million for the same cause. This year this money will support 30 cooperatives and pay health insurance for at least 400 members. About Rwf1.5 million will be used for festive visits,” he added.

About MTN Rwanda CSR Activities:
MTN Rwanda set up MTN Foundation as the vehicle through which MTN implements its CSR programmes. The foundation was created with a focus on giving back to society and "impacting the quality of lives in our communities" in a meaningful way. MTN Rwanda is passionate about the company’s vision to positively impact lives in the communities. At MTN we intervene through projects in three key areas, namely: economic empowerment, health and education. The foundation enjoys 100 percent funding from MTN Rwanda, which gives it up to 1 percent of its post-tax profits and covers all its overhead expenses including staffing, accommodation, travel, publicity and all expenses necessary to operate.

For further information
Kezio-Musoke David                                    Yvonne Mubiligi                               
MTN Public Relations                                   CSR and MTN Foundation Manager
+250 78 8865 917                                        +250 78 8313 015                             



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