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April 2013: MTN Donates 10/- Million Towards Construction of Kawempe Mosque

Release date:4/12/2013

MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation has contributed UShs10million towards the construction of Kawempe Mosque.

MTN Foundation has handed over a donation of UShs. 10 million towards the re-development of Kawempe Mosque project.

The Kawempe ku TTano Mosque originally built in 1923 is located at Kawempe Muslim primary school in Kawempe Town Centre and is one of the main mosques in the area.

“As MTN Uganda, we realise and understand the importance of continued support towards the communities where we operate. The re-development of the mosque will help in accommodating more people during prayers,” said Mazen Mrouè, CEO, and MTN Uganda.

The re-development project was initiated in 2010 and the plan includes the demolishing of the old mosque to pave way for a 1.5 billion shilling school development plan that will include a health center, a Quran school and a mega mosque.

The chairman of the Mosque, Mr. Semakula Yakub said that MTN contribution came at a time when the redevelopment had stalled due to financial wrangles and added that work would resume immediately.
He thanked the MTN Uganda Foundation for their support towards this project.

“We believe that through this contribution, Kawempe mosque redevelopment will be completed and will be able to accommodate more people during Friday prayers,” Mroué said.

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a not-for-profit legal entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN U implements its’ Corporate Social Investments (CSI). The Foundation strives to improve the quality of life in communities where MTN Uganda operates in a sustainable way. Over the past five years since its launch, the MTN Foundation has supported a number of initiatives in the areas of Education, Health, Arts and Culture, Environment, Community Development and Low cost housing.

The MTN Uganda Foundation partners with both public and non-profit credible organizations to execute sustainable projects in each of the chosen focus areas. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that the selection and approval of its projects are conducted in a manner that is transparent, systematic, efficient, and effective while promoting its mission.

In 2013 and onwards, the MTN Foundation will focus on three key areas so as to leverage scale to achieve significant development impact. The three sectors will be Education, Health and National Priority Areas.
Also in attendance at the handover of the cheque was the Imam of Kawempe Mosque, Haji Divanju Maliki.

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