Over 60 communities and institutions across the country benefited from volunteering projects of Access Bank’s employees and Corporate Social Responsibility projects in 2014.
These projects have directly impacted the lives of some 8,000 people, including children, women and the under privileged in society.
Another 12,000 persons are also indirect beneficiaries of the numerous projects which were deliberately targeted at critical areas of national development, including education, health and the environment.
The health sector, for instance, received a boost for cholera prevention through an educational programme in collaboration with public health officials to educate children at La, near Accra.
This was supported by the distribution of medical supplies to major hospitals, including the La Polyclinic, Sefwi Wiaso Government Hospital and Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, among others.
Volunteering staff in the Ashanti Region also partnered the Kumasi Metropolitan Authority (KMA) to plant trees across the city to boost the nationwide afforestation exercise and provide beautification for the environment.
The physically-challenged were not left out, as 18 beneficiaries at the National Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre in Accra received new limbs while the hearing impaired at the School for the Deaf at Ashaiman benefited from a social inclusion programme.
Launched in 2010, Access Bank’s Employee Volunteering Programme (EVP) allows staff to contribute their ideas, skills and financial resources for community development.
This novel programme continues to set the bank apart in its drive for sustainable banking.
Commenting on Access Bank’s 2014 EVP, the Head of Corporate Communications, Matilda Asante-Asiedu noted, ‘At Access Bank, we recognize that corporate responsibility, sustainability and business success go hand in hand. The livelihood and empowerment of people in the communities within which we operate is important to us, and that is why we are committed to this volunteering exercise. We believe that these projects will provide the kind of upliftment that thousands of people need to develop their dreams and ambitions.’
The Employee Volunteering Programmes of Access Bank remains an innovative vehicle for driving sustainable development.
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