Voltic Hands Over Tutu Desks to World Vision Ghana for Distribution to Deprived Schools
30 October 2013
Accra, Ghana. September 30, 2013: Voltic (GH) Limited, Ghana’s biggest selling bottled water company has handed over 2,988 Tutu desks valued at GHC 100,000.00 to World Vision for distribution to school children in deprived communities in Ghana.
The donation is the outcome of a partnership between World Vision Ghana and Accra Brewery Limited to assist deprived children in Ghana to improve access to quality education while improving learning outcomes. This is the second presentation following a similar gesture of 1999 Tutu desks valued at GHC 23,000.00 donated to World Vision Ghana in November 2012 on behalf of Voltic’s sister company, Accra Brewery Limited.
According to the Sales and Distribution Director of Voltic (GH) Limited, Michael Effah, “This year Voltic (GH) Limited has taken over the Tutu desk initiative with the donation of 2988 desks, at a cost of GHC 100,000, to benefit more children. This gesture falls in line with Voltic’s objective of helping to satisfy the basic needs of school children in deprived communities in Ghana. The distribution will once again be done through World Vision Ghana.”
Mr. Effah noted that the focus of Voltic’s sustainable corporate social investment initiatives is on the positive transformation and uplifting of communities by supporting education, health and social development. Voltic (GH) Limited strives to ensure that our work benefits as many people as possible whilst providing stability and security for future generations.
“To us, social investment is not an add-on to business activities, but is at the heart of how we engage with the communities where our customers, employees, investors and suppliers live,” Mr. Effah stressed.
Receiving the items on behalf of World Vision Ghana, National Director Mr. Hubert Charles noted, “Since the last donation, we have received countless reports on the significant improvements that have occurred in the lives of the beneficiary children, especially the story of the 15-year-old disabled Grace Ayimaye, who, as a result of the Tutu desk she received, had become so effective in her studies that she earned a marked improvement in learning outcomes in Form 2 at the Nyankontre Roman Catholic Junior High School in Sene in the Brong Ahafo Region.”
Mr. Charles noted, “World Vision Ghana is still committed to its strategic desire to improve access and quality of basic education for about 2.4 million children, including the most vulnerable, leading to improved learning outcomes in Ghana between now and 2015.”
Tutu desks are portable school desks (flat surface writing boards) provided by the Tutu Desk Campaign (whose patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu) to children in sub-Saharan Africa who do not have the benefit of a classroom desk, which affects a child’s ability to concentrate in class. So far over 1 million desks have been distributed across sub-Saharan Africa.
This is a SABMiller subsidiary news release, it was first published in its local market on September 30th, 2013.