Some Tigo Rich for Change finalists some Tigo and Rich for Change officials, including Tigo GM Adil El Youssefi (fifth from left)
Tigo Ghana, in collaboration with Reach for Change, has earmarked a total of US$150,000 for two individuals who emerged as winners of the third edition of its “Reach for Change” social entrepreneurship initiative.
The two were part of five finalists who emerged from a total of 1,018 entries, which went through various stages of rigorous scrutiny and expert panel selection processes.
The two winners were Dr. Peter Gyamfi Kwarteng of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, James Kofi Annan, President of Challenging Heights, an organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating child slaves.
Each of the two won US$75,000 meant for their respective proposed social projects targeted at making life better for children in Ghana.
The money would be given to them in three packages of US$25,000 a year for three years.
A statement from Tigo Ghana said the 1,018 entries were first streamlines to 287; then to 56, which were then evaluated by a group of 19 experts who further reduced it to 10 for the semi-final interview.
It said at the end of the interview and presentations by the five finalist, the General Manager of Tigo Ghana, Adil El Youssefi; Ama Lartey, African Regional Manager for Reach for Change, and the Head of Corporate Responsibility, Millicom International, Ase Bergstedt and four panelist unanimously pronounced Dr. Kwarteng, and Mr. Annan winners.
The statement said Dr. Kwarteng would be working on Neonatal network support systems to improve the well-being of children, especially newborns, and Mr. Annan will do what he does best; rescuing children from child trafficking, child slavery and worse forms of child labour.
They two would also benefit from support from some outstanding Tigo employees to help scale and develop their ideas into financially sustainable projects.
GM of Tigo Ghana, Adil El Youssefi mentioned was quoted as saying that Tigo strives to identify and support societal needs that are sustainable to impact the lives of children in Ghana.
He said the “Reach for Change” programme has been successful since its introduction and “we will continue to support communities that are deprived and individuals with ideas to help improve the lives of children.”
Dr. Kwarteng thanked Tigo and the Reach for Change team on behalf of the winners, saying “today I have come for a pack of the smile fever and this gesture by Tigo will be revealed for all to see especially for the people of Tamale and those suffering child trafficking, labour and slavery. One day these kids will be liberated with a wide smile on their faces”, he said.