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Over 80 children, youth with disabilities to get free corrective surgery

MTN Uganda through MTN Foundation has moved to give hope to children and youth with disabilities free corrective surgery. (PHOTO/COURTESY)

KAMPALA – Over 80 children and youth with disabilities are set to benefit from free corrective surgery thanks to a partnership recently signed between MTN Foundation and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for People with Disability in Uganda (CoRSU).

The initial phase of this project, worth over UGX 184 million, aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities in Uganda and will see beneficiaries consisting of 60 children and 20 youth drawn from different parts of the country, starting this April.

MTN Uganda acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gordian Kyomukama: “to regain the ability of mobility is a beautiful gift, especially for youngsters whose hopes and dreams were dashed by their circumstances.

He added that by removing the barriers that children with disabilities face, “we can enable them to realise their full potential.”

CoRSU Hospital CEO Davide Naggi lauded MTN Foundation for coming to the rescue of the future leaders of this nation.

He said that children with disabilities are vulnerable but also an important and valuable part of society.

“CWDs are often marginalized, but thanks to the support from partners such as the MTN Foundation, we are able to redefine that for the better, by providing these young souls equal opportunities at life and restoring their hope for a brighter future.”

The partnership between the MTN Foundation and CoRSU Hospital will also see MTN Uganda staff visit the hospital regularly to spend time with the children, engage in community work and donate various items and personal effects for the children’s comfort.

MTN Foundation is a nonprofit entity formed in July 2007 through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social responsibilities.  Its main objective is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in Education, Health and National Priorities.

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