The grand finale of the MTN Heroes of Change (Season 3) comes off at the National Theatre on Friday, 19 May.
The ultimate Hero of Change will receive GH¢100,000 to support his/her community project. Selected winners for the various categories will all be recognized with financial prizes. The remaining six finalists will also receive consolation prizes.
MTN Heroes of Change was first launched in July 2013 with the aim of identifying and recognizing selfless people who continue to sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives.
Dr. Abrokwa-Yenkyera, a plastic surgeon and Founder of Grafts Foundation, emerged the ultimate winner for the maiden edition of MTN Heroes of Change in 2014. Madam Paulina Opei, founder of the Save Our Lives Orphanage, emerged the Hero of Change for Season II.
The activities of shortlisted projects cut across the three focus areas of MTN Foundation namely Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. The TV series will highlight the stories of the nominees whose selfless acts are positively impacting lives in their respective communities.
The selection of winners’ projects is done by an independent panel of judges composed of Rev. Albert Ocran (Motivational Speaker), Dr. Doris Dartey (Communications Consultant), Mr. Mohammed Awal (Publisher) and Mr. Sidney Casely-Hayford (Economist).
MTN HOC SEASON3 NOMINEE LIST
JOSEPH ASAKIBEEM (short code name “JOSEPH”): Based in Sirigu in the Upper East region, Mr. Asakibeem provides medical aid to children born with varying deformities. He also educates the community to about the true state of these children while encouraging them to desist from killing them as they are falsely perceived as “spirit children”. His project is supported by Afrikids UK through Afrikids Ghana.
DR. MICHAEL ADUSEI-NSOWAH (short code name “MICHAEL”): Through his rural eye health project, Dr. Adusei-Nsowah has helped numerous people with varying eye problems. While the project started with a loan, it is largely self-funded. Dr Adusei-Nsowah travels to health facilities in Asonomaso in the Ashanti region to give medical help to people who require eye treatment. Beneficiaries pay a token of 5 Ghana cedis for consultation services.
GENEVIEVE BASINGHA (short code name “GENEVIEVE”): Despite being deaf and dumb, Madam Basigha has set up a school in Obuasi in the Ashanti region which caters to children who are also deaf and dumb. The project is sustained through her own pocket as well as a GH70 fee paid per term by parents of the children.
IBRAHIM BAFARA ALHASSAN (short code name “IBRAHIM”): Operating from Wa in the Upper West, Ibrahim has helped eradicate poverty through his Vision Farms poultry project. By distributing birds to interested individuals who rear and resell them, the project has grown from just 10 birds to a movement spreading across 11 districts. The project is self-funded.
NANA PROF. OSEI KOFI DARKWA III (short code name “NANA”): Chief of Patriensa, professor and president of the Ghana Technology University College. He has established a 5- year developmental program to transform his community. He has helped construct a road that has significantly cut the time farmers commute from their farms to the market. This has helped them avoid long dangerous treks from farm to market and the issue of produce going bad. His project is self-funded and donations from friends.
JOANA MANSAH DEEGBE (short code name “JOANA”) She set up a community library in Shiashie to enable children improve their reading and literacy skills. She funds the project through donations from friends and family as well as the church. She’s a lawyer and educationist.
JOHN AMANKRAH ESSEL (short code name “JOHN”): Sets up schools within the Breman Asikuma region in very remote communities to give the children in its environs the required education. Over 300 children have benefited from his project which is funded through his personal income as well as a small token paid by the parents of the students.
REV. FR. MOSES ASAAH AWINONGYA (short code name “MOSES”): Through his NGO, Regentropfen Education Foundation, Rev. Asaah takes care of orphans and other needy children within Namoo in the Upper East by providing shelter and food. He set up a scholarship fund which helps brilliant but needy children through school, built a library and built a university in the village of Namoo with a hostel facility near completion. He funds the project through donations from individuals in Germany and Stiftung Regentropfen.
REV. MONSIGNOR. ALEX BOBBY BENSON (short code name “BOBBY”): Through funding from the Catholic Church, friends and other individuals, Father Benson has been able to cater for the needs of marginalized HIV/AIDS persons. His “Matthew 25” house has provided spiritual, emotional and financial support to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
JACK JAMES DAWSON (short code name “JACK”): Operating in the Atitekpo in the Volta Region, Jack set up the APPLE foundation which seeks to rescue children from trafficking. APPLE stands for Association of People for Practical Life Education. He’s a graphic designer and social worker who uses his personal income and donations to run his project.
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