MTN Foundation

MTN Foundation is the vehicle through which MTN implements its Corporate Social Responsibility Programs. MTN Foundation was established in February 2010 and MTN has committed 1% of Profit After Tax (PAT) annually to support the Foundation activities.
The Foundation was created with a focus of giving back to society and "Impacting the quality of lives in our communities" in a meaningful way. 

The Foundation is passionate about MTN Rwanda’s vision to positively impact lives in our communities therefore we intervene through projects in Four key areas, namely: 

a. Education
b. Community & Health 
c. Economic Empowerment
d. Government Priorities


By focusing efforts on these 4 key areas,  MTN Rwanda is able to concentrate on Community basic needs and design projects that empower people, have maximum impact and are sustainable.
The Foundation is managed by an external board of Rwandans composed of:

  • Mrs. Mukarubega Zulfat
  • Bishop Gasatura Nathan
  • Mrs. Nyiratunga Ritha
  • Mr. Gahamanyi Isidore

The Foundation is administered by an internal Executive Committee that deals with day today activities
Vision
To be the benchmark for Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives in Rwanda and within the MTN Group.

Mission
To improve the quality of lives of people through appropriate and sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility interventions in communities where MTN operates.

Objectives

  • To administer social investment programs as part of the core business of MTN Rwanda
  • To develop a holistic Corporate Social Investment (CSI) program as part of the reputation management strategy for MTN Rwanda
  • To demonstrate MTN Rwanda’s commitment to, and support for Community empowerment and National development
  • To foster teamwork values among MTN Rwanda staff through a proactive Employee Volunteer Association
  • To enhance the image of MTN as a responsible corporate citizen
  • To foster strategic partnerships with other National/Regional /International partners and stakeholders

THE MTN RWANDA FOUNDATION FUNDING CRITERIA

MTN Rwanda receives a great amount of sponsorship proposals each year.
To help facilitate smoother approval process, there is a certain criteria that should be included in the proposal. We would be more than glad to receive your proposals when it adequately meets our needs. We’ve identified a set of criteria that you should base your proposal on to get you started on the right track. You should also take note of MTN core brand values before drafting out your proposal.

Projects considered should fulfill a selection criteria dependent on and
MTN Rwanda WILL only consider projects that; 

  • Are in line with the MTN Foundations’ vision, mission and objectives.
  • Are aligned to our current sponsorship portfolio (Education, Health, Economic empowerment and Government priorities)
  • Show a clear statement of intent. 
  • Have demonstrative support from project beneficiaries- that is the community it is located in or intends to support. 
  • Have done preliminary feasibility study, which supports such a project. 
  • Contain a core Rwandan/African subject. 
  • Are non-profit oriented. 

NB: The decisions of the Executive Committee to shortlist an applying organization will also be guided by the following;

  • The need to have a project in at least each of the four streams.
  • The need to have a project in each region. 
  • Strike a balance between communities helped e.g women, children, youth etc. 

MTN Rwanda WILL NOT consider projects under categories below;

  • Start up and general organizational costs.
  • Buildings, physical infrastructure and or equipment that is not part of a Sponsorship project. 
  • Donations to individuals. 
  • Tours, overseas trips, transport, conferences and seminars. 
  • Projects initiated by or benefiting commercial organizations. 
  • Projects whose research/content/scope falls outside Rwanda. 
  • Projects whose beneficiaries are outside Rwanda. 
  • Projects that benefit one group. 
  • Projects that are political, partisan, tribal or racist.

How We Operate 

Applicants may tender their proposals at any point during the course of the year.
The Foundation Board of Trustees will sit Quarterly to analyze and consider received applications.
Assessments of the funding proposal may include a visit to the project by the Executive Committee. 
Once a successful assessment has been completed, the shortlist of possible projects will be forwarded to MTN Foundation Board for consideration and only shortlisted project applicants will be contacted. 
MTN Foundation Board of Trustees shall consider the requests and take a decision on which ones will be funded by the Foundation. 

Successful applying organization will be expected to maintain regular contact with MTN Rwanda. 


The following will be expected:

  • A signed contract with the MTN Rwanda Foundation.
  • Management reports. 
  • Financial reports on funds allocated and an accountability for the funds. 
  • Developmental decisions. 
  • Changes in address, contact numbers or e-mail. 
  • Changes in management compliment. 
  • Acknowledgement of both our funding and partnership in all publicity and publicity material relating to the project on the basis of the contractual agreement The MTN logo should appear in/on all published/publicity material and at all public events relating to the project. 
  • Exclusive merchandising rights at all events and functions that are associated with the sponsored project. Should the MTN Foundation identify a secondary sponsor then the merchandising will be shared between the secondary sponsor and MTN Foundation on the basis of their contribution to that particular project although MTN Foundation shall retain the final decision on the merchandising space allocation in respect of the secondary sponsor of a particular project. 
  • A final report which would include a summary of the entire project and a detailed financial report. 

Format for applications

  • Only standard project proposal templates containing a background and detailed description of project content, scope, intended beneficiaries and requirement will be considered.
  • The application should be in English or Kinyarwanda clear and articulate. 

 

List of requirements

Shortlisted projects may be required to submit the below;

  • Individuals applying in their personal capacity must submit two referrals from recognized authorities in their field.
  • Copy of Company Registration, Certificate of Incorporation, Company Profile if applicable. 
  • A breakdown of the financial statements or budget of the intend project, which must include a list of other sponsors and amounts granted for previous and current year sponsorships, if applicable. 
  • Documentary proof of other collaborating sponsors, if applicable. 
  • Copy of independent evaluation of your organisation, if one has been done. 
  • A CV /fact sheet of the applicant/applying organization

SUBMISSION PROCESS

  • Submit your proposal to mtnrfoundation@mtn.co.rw. For enquiries, you can contact us on  +250280390000
  • An automated acknowledgment of receipt will be sent to you by the system as soon as the proposal details have been captured.
  • Each proposal will be reviewed by the Foundation Manager before proceeding with a recommendation to the Board of trustees
  • Where the proposal meets the criteria vis-à-vis  available budget, a plan is initiated for shortlist
  • A maximum 24-working day revert on our disposition of the proposal will be sent.

 

PROJECTS

Throughout the years, MTN has actively supported various programs/projects across the country and also in other parts of Africa.
These projects were aimed to better the lives of communities in which MTN operates.

MTN Rwanda Supported Projects

EDUCATION

  • ICT in education: 20 schools connected countrywide and 664 computers distributed, More than 20,000 students benefited from the project and 1442 teachers trained in ICT
  • Scholarship Program: In collaboration with Imbuto Foundation: Currently 100 under-privileged students are under the scholarship program. The project is covering the students for 6 years (from S1 to S6).

 

  • Drop out students support program: MTN staff INDIVIDUALLY supported 50 vulnerable students who dropped out of school due to financial constraints, the project covers students from S3 to S6
  • Tunga TV project: The project covers all 30 districts of Rwanda and  the aim  is to broaden access to information and technology to rural communities in Rwanda using TV as a tool of education. Rwandese in 60 Sectors have benefited from MTN Rwanda of TVs sets.
  • 21 Days of Y’ello Care: For the last 5 years, MTN focused on Education projects under 21 Days of Y’ello Care: projects covering schools renovation, set up of Kindergarten Schools in 30 districts, distribution of various schools equipment's, schools electrification, teachers and students training in ICT,etc;75 schools mostly in rural areas have benefited from this program.

COMMUNITY & HEALTH

  • Operation smile: More than 1000 Rwandese benefited from free cleft lip/palate surgery,174 Health care professionals and 89 medical staff were medically trained.
  • Mutuel de Santé/Health Insurance: 1000 Vulnerable family members of demobilized soldiers benefited from the program
  • Blood donation: the program is for MTN Rwanda management and staff to donate blood to the national blood bank every year.
  • Community work: every month, MTN staff actively participate in the Environment program ‘ Umuganda’ across the country

which aim at the promotion of sustainable environment in Rwanda.

  • Fight against malaria: The project aims at distribution of mosquito nets in Health Centers across the country

ECONOMIC EMPOWREMENT

  • Women Empowerment: The project involves the provision of capital equipment, machinery and logistics as well as stocks to scale up the operations of AVVAIS women Cooperative in order to increase their revenue and income
  • Disables empowerment: The project also involves the provision of capital equipment to scale up the operations of association of Disables in order to increase their revenue and income.

 

GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES

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    • Genocide commemoration: MTN Rwanda has contributed to the reconstruction and mentainence of Genocide memorial sites and other commemoration related activities including support to renovation of underprivileged widows houses.
    • Nyakatsi initiatives: MTN Rwanda donated 300 iron sheets to Genocide widows selected from the members of Association of Genocide Widows (AVEGA).
    • Rebuilding homes: supported 188 households that were vvictims of heavy rains to rebuild their houses by donating iron sheets and support refugees from Tanzania to get shelters.
    • Agaciro Development Fund: MTN contributed up to Rwf. 165 Million to the AgDF which was set up to raise more domestic resources to help accelerate Rwanda economic development and be self-sustainable.
   

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