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MTN Uganda bolsters Faces Up Uganda with skills development facilities to empower youth.

MTN Uganda, through its charitable arm, the MTN Foundation, has announced a significant contribution to Faces Up Uganda, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing psychosocial support and empowerment of Ugandan youth.
The contribution, valued at UGX 20 million, includes five industrial and manual sewing machines, five
desktop computers, an Epson sublimation printer, and unlimited internet connectivity for one year.
This support, which is part of MTN Changemakers Initiative launched last year, is designed to bolster
Faces Up Uganda’s capacity to deliver comprehensive skills training and educational programs to the
youth, fostering sustainable community development and economic growth.
The industrial and manual sewing machines will significantly expand the organization's vocational
training capabilities, while the desktop computers and sublimation printer are expected to introduce
young people to digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills. Furthermore, internet connectivity will
ensure that the beneficiaries remain connected to a world of online learning resources and
opportunities.
Speaking during the handover event on Thursday, MTN Uganda CEO Sylvia Mulinge said the support
towards Faces Up Uganda activities aligns with MTN’s Ambition 2025 Strategy which emphasizes
creating leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.
“Through our partnership with Faces Up Uganda, we at MTN Uganda, are reinforcing our
commitment to empowering young people with the skills, technology, and confidence to shape their
future, drive positive change in their communities, and contribute to the socio-economic development
of Uganda,” Ms. Mulinge said.
“Our contribution is therefore more than just a support; it is a strategic investment in the future of our
youth, providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed in the digital world.”
Ms. Mulinge said MTN Uganda’s strategic partnership with Faces Up Uganda is a testament to the
power of collaboration between the private sector and non-profit organisations in driving social
change, highlighting the power of ‘Together We’re Unstoppable.’
This development comes at the time the country’s youth are facing numerous challenges, including
high rates of mental health issues and limited access to educational and economic opportunities.
“The support from MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation is a game-changer for us at Faces Up
Uganda. It enables us to expand our reach and enhance the quality of our programs, ultimately
allowing us to empower more young people through our arts and skills training initiatives,” said
Emmanuel Ssekitto Kalule, the Founder of Faces Up Uganda.
“We are incredibly grateful for this partnership, which not only amplifies our impact but also aligns
perfectly with our mission to foster a supportive, creative, and empowered generation.”
Kalule said MTN's support will enable the organization to train 20 youths every five months in the new
hands-on skills training programs besides arts education initiative.
The MTN Foundation under the MTN Changemakers Initiative has earmarked UGX 500 million for 25
selected projects across the nation, spanning economic empowerment, education, health, water,
sanitation, and hygiene, targeting youth, women, persons with disabilities, and rural communities.
Some of the beneficiaries include Kalaa Mugosi Women Empowerment in Sironko, Safe Water
Uganda in Gulu City, Soul Rescue Mission in Kyegegwa, Rotaract Club of Masaka, Prime Time at
Makerere University in Kampala and Tusitukire Wamu Development Association in Wakiso District.
Over the last decade, the MTN Foundation has dedicated UGX 30 billion towards more than 250
projects in education, health, youth empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene, and humanitarian
response significantly impacting communities nationwide and cementing its position as a catalyst for
positive change and development in Uganda.