Employees from all the 39 office locations of Access Bank (Ghana) Limited, numbering about 790 and constituted into 14 clusters, have undertaken 14 different charity initiatives, community investments and social intervention programmes across the country.
The various projects, targeted mainly at education, health and the less privileged in society, form part of the bank’s long term commitment to building sustainable societies through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy of investing back in the communities within which the bank operates.
The initiative also forms part of the Bank’s Employee Volunteering Programme which allows employees to offer their time, expertise and other resources to support projects of real value to communities in which the bank operates.
Addressing the media in Accra, yesterday, on the success of these projects, Matilda Asante-Asiedu, Head of Corporate Communications at Access Bank Ghana, noted that the impact of the initiative was phenomenal. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the massive response and participation rate of staff this past year in actualizing these volunteer activities. The impact was phenomenal as the various projects touched the lives of more than one thousand individuals, families and institutions across the country”, Ms Asante-Asiedu said.
Beneficiary institutions under the Access Bank Volunteer Programme, Ms Asanta-Asiedu disclosed, included the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, where hospital equipment was donated and the children’s ward refurbished; Efia Nkwanta Regional Hospital where equipment was donated and the bills of patients at the paediatric ward settled; La General Hospital, where equipment was donated and a clean-up exercise undertaken at the Surgical and Recovery wards, and the Out Patients’ Department; National Blood Bank where a blood donation exercise took place; while a total of 169 children were registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme at Amasaman to access quality healthcare.
Under education, she said, the beneficiary institutions included Tuobodom Secondary and Technical School ICT Centre which received supplies for refurbishment; James Town Sempe Primary School which had its computer laboratory refurbished and supplied with computers and a printer; and Salvation Army School for Street Girls which had a donation of a classroom furniture.
She said other beneficiaries included the Noyuini Orphanage Tamale;Royal Seed orphanage, Central Region; Save Them Young Orphanage, Bethlehem, near Ashaiman; The Ghana Federation of the Disabled; The Junior Girls’ Correctional and Boys’ Remand Home, Shelter for Abused Children, and South Labone Girls’ Vocation Training Centre, all of Accra.
Over the last 3 years, Access Bank (Ghana) Limited has continuously demonstrated a strong commitment to social sector investments in line with the Bank’s strategy of contributing to the long-term sustainable development of its operating environment.
In 2012, the Bank donated over $87,000 to the National Hajj committee to ensure smooth housing and logistics planning towards the pilgrimage.
These social sector investments contributed to the Bank being adjudged the Most Socially Responsible Bank in Ghana for 2010.
Access Bank is one of the largest retail banks with a presence in 39 locations across Ghana. It also has a presence in the United Kingdom and China and is one of the largest banks in Nigeria.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)