Paulina Opei receving her plague fro Ag. CMO of MTN Noel Kojo-Ganson
A 57-year-old public health nurse, Paulina Opei, has been adjudged ultimate winner of MTN Heroes of Change season two and she walks away with a cash amount of GH¢100,000 from MTN to support her charity project.
The MTN “Heroes of Change” gives out money to support an individual engaged in an extraordinary charity activity in Ghana. This is the second edition.
Paulina Opei was among the top ten finalists shortlisted from over a thousand nominees who are all doing amazing charity projects across the country.
She set up the ‘Save Our Lives’ orphanage at Anwia Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region for abandoned children and orphans from some of the most poverty-stricken communities in the country. Madam Opei runs the orphanage with her own salary and occasional donations from individuals and organisations.
Apart from providing shelter and food, Madam Opei supports the orphans with formal education and provides them the opportunity to have a brighter future.
“It has not been easy. It is a surprise to me. Let me first of all give glory to God for how far He has brought us”, Madam Opei noted and expressed gratitude to the MTN Foundation on behalf of the ten finalists after receiving her dummy cheque, a plaque and a citation.
An amount of GH₵20,000 was also given to each of the three winners of the three respective categories—health, economic empowerment and education—while the seven other finalists walked home with an amount of GH₵5,000 each.
The education category was won by Pastor Joseph Jehu-Appiah, a pastor at the Victory Bible Church (Elohim Sanctuary). He set up the Mephibosheth Training Centre solely dedicated to caring for disabled children within the society. The children are schooled at the centre and are provided with clothing, food and housing facilities.
Dr Emmanuel Bidzaikin, who established and runs the only hospital in Nakpanduri, a community in the Northern Region, won the health category, while Nayina Karim, a 46-year-old social entrepreneur who established a rehabilitation centre for malnourished children at Karaga in the Northern Region, won the economic empowerment category.
The Chief Executive of MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Asante, speaking at the ceremony, encouraged the winners to continue to impact positively on the lives of the needy.
“The stories of the heroes should challenge all of us to go the extra mile in everything we do. For us at MTN, the greatest result we hope to see from this project is to see more heroes being born”, the CEO added.
Heroes of Change is sponsored by MTN and produced by Farmhouse Productions.