MTN Foundation announces selection of 25 projects for the inaugural MTN Changemakers Initiative

MTN CEO Sylvia Mulinge (C) joins MTN Changemakers Initiative beneficiaries and staff for a group photo following unveiling winners.

MTN Uganda’s corporate social responsibility arm, MTN Foundation, is excited to announce the selection of 25 projects for the inaugural MTN Changemakers Initiative.

Ashiraf Komoire , founder of Skool Bike, an initiative that has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of MTN Changemakers Initiative program.

This initiative, designed to create a lasting impact on the lives of millions in Uganda focusing on youth, women, persons with disabilities, and communities in need, aligns with the company’s 25-year celebration of transforming Uganda’s communities.

It also reflects MTN’s belief in collaborative efforts to create an unstoppable wave of change in the communities countrywide.

MTN Foundation is committing UGX 500 million to these selected projects, aligning with its core focus areas of economic empowerment, education, health, water, and the environment.

The 25 projects span five sub-regions, ensuring widespread support and positive change across the country: Northern Sub-region (West Nile, Lango, Acholi, and Karamoja); Eastern Sub-region (Busoga, Teso, Bugisu, and Bukedea); Greater Central Sub-region (Luwero, Mpigi, Masaka, and Mukono); Central Sub-region (mainly Kampala); and the Western sub-region (Kigezi, Bunyoro, Ankole, and Tooro).

Ms. Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Uganda, congratulated the winners for their outstanding proposals, emphasizing their potential to positively transform their communities.

“We, at MTN, believe that Ugandans are doers, and their actions inspire us. Therefore, extending our support to them will enable them to exceed their expectations and realize their dreams for the betterment of their communities,” she said.

Ms. Mulinge also extended congratulations to all applicants, highlighting MTN’s commitment to supporting entities dedicated to community transformation.

MTN CEO Sylvia Mulinge (C) joins MTN Changemakers Initiative beneficiaries and staff for a group photo following unveiling winners.

She emphasized MTN’s commitment to improving the lives of communities, recognizing that a transformed community significantly contributes to the country’s economic growth and development.

Ms. Mulinge expressed MTN’s openness to further partnerships with various organizations to realize community goals and dreams.

Brian Mbasa, Senior Manager at MTN Foundation, provided details on the project implementation timeline.

“The project will run from 1st November, 2023 to 31st December, 2023. Following this, we will profile the implemented projects in the first quarter of 2024,” he said.

Ashiraf Komoire, the founder of Skool Bike, expressed his excitement about the support from MTN, which will significantly contribute to the expansion of their bike rental initiative for students.

“Presently, we have a fleet of seven bikes available for rent, primarily serving students from Kololo Secondary School at a rate of Shs2,000 per day. With the support from MTN, we are enthusiastic about broadening our services to benefit more students who have to trek long distances to school,” Komoire stated.

Launched in July, the MTN Changemakers Initiative aims to empower local individuals and organizations committed to making a profound difference in their communities.

Over the past decade, MTN Foundation has invested UGX 30 billion in over 250 projects across various focus areas, including health, education, water and sanitation, and youth empowerment, changing lives and making communities stronger nationwide.

MTN Change Makers beneficiaries

SN Changemakers Project Thematic Area Location
1 Kololo Senior Secondary School Skool Bike Uganda Education/ Youth Empowerment Kampala
2 Primetime Students Development Services Prime-Time Youth Empowerment Kampala
3 Faces Up Uganda Skills for Now and the Future Youth Empowerment Kampala
4 Special Children’s trust Equipping Down Children’s centre Health Kampala
5 Mokindye – Mosojjo Village Cleon water supply Water and sanitation Kampala
6 Rotary Club of Kampala West Nokisungo WASH Project Water and sanitation Mukono
7 Bego-kwo-bego BKB Water, Sanitation Water and sanitation Wokiso
8 Nottingham Trent Skilling Centre Tusitukire Womu Dev Ass Youth Empowerment Wokiso
9 Gejjo women Foundation Menstrual Hygiene management Health Mpigi
10 Rotaract Club of Masako Masako prison Literacy project Youth Empowerment Masako
11 ST Joseph’s AID society Beds For Vulnerable Children Education Kyankwonzi
12 Nob Twetungire group Skilling women in Tailoring Youth Empowerment Mbararo
13 Nyakobale Lower Deaf Unit Skilling pupils in Tailoring Youth Empowerment Rukungiri
14 Blessed Damion Sec School Water Harvesting Water and Sanitation Masindi
15 Sauls Rescue Mission Uganda Safe Water for a Safe Community Water and sanitation Kyegegwa
16 Okarowok clean and safe drinking water Borehole for safe drinking water. Water and sanitation Oyam
17 Safe Water Uganda Improving the available water spring wells to protected pipe wells Water and sanitation Gulu
18 Tocau Karamojo Provision of ICT facilities Youth Empowerment Nabilotuk
19 Lions Club of Nebbi Renovation of the Erussi secondary school girls’ dormitory Youth Empowerment Nebbi
20 Community Development Shield Uganda Increase access to safe water and basic sanitation by empowering local communities Water and sanitation Kole
21 Teach for Uganda Construction of a borehole at Kalagala Primary School Water and sanitation Mayuge
22 Heta vocational grounds Heta vocational grounds Youth Empowerment Jinja
23 Beautiful periods Beautiful periods Youth Empowerment Nomutumba
24 Kolamugosi women empowerment Kolamugosi women empowerment Youth Empowerment Sironko
25 Olwenyi Brion Community Foundation Making lives better Youth Empowerment Tororo




MTN Uganda is a leading telecoms company in Uganda with a primary objective of carrying on the business of a national operator of a telecommunications network pursuant to the National Telecommunications Operator (NTO) licence granted by the Uganda Telecommunications Commission (UCC). Among our offerings are network services, digital and financial technology services, interconnect and roaming, sale of mobile devices and MTN Mobile Money (which is conducted through subsidiary MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited). MTN has a presence in all 134 districts of Uganda. Services are delivered through a network of over 173,415 Mobile Money agents, 200 service stores and 13 main distributors. For the period ended 31 December 2022, MTN Uganda had 17.2 million subscribers, 11 million MoMo users and 6.7 million active data users.


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