Employees of LoneStar Cell MTN in Liberia have concluded the 2015’s 21-day “Y’ello Care” Campaign launched in June 2007 by the MTN Group for employees, as elementary school authorities and students in Montserrado County lavish praises on the GSM company for impacting their lives.
LoneStar Cell MTN Chief Executive Officer, Babatunde Osho, Monday led a delegation on tour of various projects undertaken in four elementary and junior high schools in Marshall, Margibi County, Clara Town, Slipway and PHP communities respectively in Montserrado.
Students displayed book bags and copybooks donated by the LoneStar Cell MTN employee volunteers in various schools visited yesterday.
The company launched this year’s 21 days of “Y’ello Care” campaign on June 1 as a corporate volunteers’ initiative under the theme “investing in education for all” in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.
Employees from various departments volunteered in undertaking renovations of restroom and two classrooms for kindergarten students at the John P. Mitchell High School in Marshall, along the Robertsfield highway.
On behalf of LoneStar Cell MTN, a department head, Christopher Hansford, presented three packs of tablets to the administration of the John P. Mitchell High School to enable teachers access the internet in carrying out research that will help improve their teachings.
The company’s CEO and his delegation visited the Slipway Elementary public school in Slipway community, situated along the banks of the Measurado River where a computer donated was displayed by the school’s Principal, Madam Jema Moore.
The Marvii Sonii Junior High School in Clara Town, Bushord Island also received a computer, among others.
Speaking with reporters during the tour, LoneStar Cell MTN CEO Osho said the initiative was just an act of “giving back to the community” by employee volunteers, who took upon themselves to do it, and not the company particularly.
“I remember the first time we came here, this place wasn’t descent as it is now; but you can see the transformation and I’m so glad to see the happiness in the face of the kids,” he said at the John P. Mitchell High School.
He stressed that LoneStar Cell really wants to be impactful in what it is doing, and it does not want to choose schools that got everything; instead, preference is given to schools where the company can leave “a lasting legacy.”
The Principal at the John P. Mitchell High School, J. Henry Lloyd, said the administration was overwhelmed for the gift and project undertaken by the company.
He recalled that for the past four years, students at the John P. Mitchell High School have been “using the beaches and the bushes to ease themselves,” saying, the intervention of LoneStar was “very timely.”
“And today we have our bathroom being built and well prepared; and no more our students go to the beach to use the restroom. No more will our students go to the bushes to use the restroom, they will use the facility just undertaken by LoneStar Cell,” Mr. Lloyd said.
The principal said the kindergarten classes were not in good atmospheric condition for learning, but the coming in of LoneStar Cell MTN was overwhelming as they now have conducive environment for the students.
The Principal of Marvii Sonii in Clara Town, Mrs. Oretha Manu Cole- Bureh expressed “a big thank you to LoneStar Cell” for impacting the community, stressing that education is the bedrock of every nation, and once the children fail, families, communities and the country at large will fail. By Winston W. Parley – Editing by Jonathan Browne