MTN Foundation Uganda donates solar kits to schools in hard to reach areas in collaboration with Fenix International Uganda under the MTN Light up a village project. The MTN Light up a village project is an initiative by MTN Uganda to provide lighting to schools in rural areas that have no access to such connectivity. The project aims at improving the lives of people by granting them access to lighting as the project is in partial fulfilment of brightening lives across the communities in which it operates.
The solar kits were donated through the MTN Light up a village project on Thursday 11th February 2021 during the handover event where 190 solar kits were donated to 56 schools from 24 districts. MTN says this will ensure that these schools have power and light to allow students and teachers to get a smooth learning experience guaranteed to give them the best results. With proper lighting, students get more reading time as teachers can also prepare well for their lessons.
MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer said in a statement made during the handover event, “With the availability of solar power, students can now have extended learning times and teachers can put in more preparation time which will at least try to level the ground with learners and teachers in urban areas that have easy access.”
MTN Foundation Uganda donates these solar kits with Fenix International Uganda, a solar power company that is increasing access to lighting in areas that are hard to reach by providing solar kits and also consumer financing. The company lets its users take solar kits on credit and pay for them in instalments over a period of time. It has been able to reach 600,000 households and has impacted over 19 million lives.
The MTN Light up a village project
The MTN Light up a village project was launched at the end of 2019 and is worth Shs 380million and has managed to install solar power equipment in different rural areas around Uganda like Buvuma island. The solar equipment was installed in schools and health centres on the island to make people’s living conditions better especially in terms of education and health care services. In the same year, MTN Foundation also donated and installed 100 solar kits in Bunambutye resettlement camp in Bulambuli district and another batch of solar kits was delivered to schools in Eastern Uganda in Kamuli district.
Several districts have profited from this project and they include; Apac, Pader, Adjumani, Lira, Nwoya, Yumbe in Northern Uganda, Kanungu, Kabale, Sheema, Rukungiri, Kiruhura, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Kibale, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Kyotera, Rakai, Luwero, Masaka as well as Bududa, Bugweri, Bukwo and Iganga according to mtn.co.ug.
MTN Uganda continues to do outstanding work through various donations that have surely touched hundreds of lives in Uganda. The MTN Light up a village project is more proof of their great work to see that they can improve the lives of their customers who have shown great loyalty to the company since it started in 1998.
Through this project, it has been able to address one of the most common problems that millions of Ugandans face today and that is lack of access to power and lighting.