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21 August, at 06 : 32 AM Print
While Rwanda’s Muslim community awaited to celebrate the break-off day from the close to 30 days of fasting, Eid al-Fitr, MTN Rwanda in the spirit of the Ramadan festive season, yesterday announced a financial package of Rwf11 million, to the ‘Foundation For The Future,’ a Muslim non-government organization.
The package, which was extended to the Muslims, will help boost activities of 30 cooperatives and pay the national health insurance ‘Mutuelle De Sante’, for 400 Muslims. This is a way of ensuring that the support reaches the most remote Rwandese through the cooperatives that will receive the support.
‘Mutuelle de Sante’ 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 Munderere Ally, the deputy Head Imam of Kigali (representing the Mufuti) while MTN was represented by Patrick Uwizeye, the General Manager in-charge of Business Risk Management.
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 – ‘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.
MTN annually gives support to the community worth 1 per cent of the company’s returns through the community support MTN foundation.
“This has been a longstanding practice of MTN Rwanda. Last year we donated Rwf11.05 million for the same cause. This year, money will support 30 cooperatives and pay health insurance for at least 400 members. About Rwf1.5 million will be used for festive visits,” Uwizeye added.
Sheikh Munderere noted that MTN Rwanda has never been detached from the Muslim people and pledged that the leadership association of the Rwandans Muslims will continue to ensure that the support received reaches the neediest.