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Madam Genevieve Basigha, proprietor of a deaf and dump school located at Obuasi in the Ashanti region has won the 2017 MTN Heroes of Change season three (3) Prestigious award of Ghc 100, 000.
Genevieve who is herself deaf and dump looked beyond her disability and set up the school from her own resources and have positively impacted many lives since.
An elated Genevieve gave thanks to God for the honor done her and noted that with God all things are possible.
According to her, her several years of efforts and suffering to put smiles on the faces of underprivileged children like herself has at long last received a major boost by the recognition of the MTN Foundation.
Genevieve beat nine other finalists for the coveted prize money to enhance her work in providing educational training good health and support to the deaf and dump especially children for a better livelihood.
In all, there were three category awards worth Ghc 30, 000 each, a citation and a trophy in the areas of education, economic empowerment and health for deserving individuals.
The Education category award went to Rev Fr Dr Moses Asaah Awinongya SVD, who through his NGO, Regentropfen Education Foundation has provided education, food and shelter to orphans and other needy children within the Namoo community in the Upper East region of the country.
Rev Fr Awinongya thanked MTN for the opportunity to reach out the less privileged in society.
Economic empowerment category was won by Jack James Dawson, founder of APPLE Foundation, an organisation aimed at rescuing trafficked children located at Atitekpo in the Volta region.
Over 2,500 trafficked children have been rescued and reintegrated with their families.
Mr Dawson dedicated the ward to the Association of People for Practical Life Education (APPLE) in Ghana NGOs on child rights.Child trafficking still in existence.
He urged public to interrogate those who come seeking fir the services of children in their localities to prevent Child trafficking which he said is now dominant in footballer recruitment to abroad.
Founder of Matthew 25 Home, a place dedicated for emotional care and support, financial assistance to persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Koforidua, Monsignor Alex Bobby Benson picked the Health category prize of Ghc 30, 000 together with a citation and a trophy.
Mongsignor stated that HIV is not gone but still with us in Ghana and urged the public to avoid stigmatization against persons with the virus which he not is a problem.
He appealed to all to join the educational campaign to help eradicate the virus in Ghana whiles accepting those living with the HIV virus.
The other 10 finalists for the 2017 MTN Heroes of Change challenge are; Joseph Asakibeem who provides medical aid to children born with varying deformities and community education against negative perceptions, Dr Michael Adusei-Nsowah for his efforts in providing healthy eye care to people in deprived areas and Ibrahim Bafara Alhassan for his economic empowerment initiative through poultry farm projects.
The rest are; John Amankah Essel for promoting education, Nana Professor Osei Kofi Darkwa III for his community development initiative and Joana Mansa Deegbe promoting education through her library project.
Each of the 10 finalists took home Ghc 10, 000.
Over 1700 entries were received for the 2017 MTN Heroes of Change challenge. The numbers were pruned down to 30 and finally to 10.
The three member independent Jury who determined the winners after very vigorous and meticulous assessment processes of the nominees includes Rev Albert Ocran, a life coach, Sydney Casely-Hayford, a Chartered Accountant and Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, a Communications Consultant.
The MTN Heroes of Change programme which began in 2013 was instituted by the MTN Foundation to honour, award and reward individuals who are giving back to their communities in very extraordinary and impactful ways through personal sacrifices.
It seeks to motivate and encourage others to do same in order to make society a better place for all
Source: Christian Kpesese || ghananewsonline.com.gh