The scholarship program is an annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative that TNM runs through Hope for Blind, a Non-Governmental Organisation working to uplift welfare of visually challenged people.
Speaking at Blantyre Secondary School (BSS) where TNM officially handed over the cheque, Senior Manager, Public Relations Akossa Hiwa said TNM remains committed to empowering vulnerable groups by enabling them to achieve goals through attainment of quality education.
“We are very proud to keep our word by continuing to assist these students. This is our fifth year of running this initiative through Hope for the Blind. Every year, a set of students is identified and benefit from our contribution,” Hiwa said.
Hiwa said the scholarships are in line with TNM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy that aims to improve lives of vulnerable groups to help them contribute to the country’s socio-economic development and as a company, TNM was satisfied with how Hope for the Blind is managing the scholarships.
“These scholarships are a continuation of our support to Hope for the Blind. The K2.9 million provided should make it possible for the earmarked students to learn with full tuition plus boarding fees and upkeep allowances,” she said.
In his remarks, Hastings Bwande who is Executive Director for Hope for the Blind commended TNM for assisting the students. He however appealed to other stakeholders to emulate what TNM is doing.
“As per slogan, always with us! They walk the talk. The support from TNM has great impact on students. We say thank you,” said Bwande.
Launched in 2013, the scholarship target beneficiaries from public secondary schools and currently carters for tuition and upkeep for 29 students in 15 secondary and two university students.