No business can prosper if it measures success in financial terms only. Through a variety of corporate social responsibility projects, Bayport’s operations invest in and uplift their surrounding communities. Our community involvement is driven by the same philosophy as our business practices: giving people the help they need to help themselves.
Housing, education and sport are the main focus areas of Bayport Botswana’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Recent projects include:
Building and donating five houses to needy Botswana citizens in response to President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s Presidential Housing Appeal that was launched in 2010 as a way to encourage the private sector to assist people living in poverty.
Sponsoring the Botswana Karate Open.
Supporting the annual prize giving event of Sebele 1 Primary School in Molepolole.
In recent times, Bayport Ghana’s corporate social responsibility projects included the “My First Day at School” programme that is designed to help encourage children to stay in school and not lose interest in education.
The company also donated GHC10 000 to the children’s ward of the Brong Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani.
Bayport Ghana’s biggest project, run in conjunction with Reach for Change – a non-profit organisation – is the Bayport Teacher Innovation Competition, which identifies and rewards teachers who use innovative ways to promote quality of education in their schools.
During 2015, Bayport Mozambique donated desktop computers, printers and toner, and Wi-Fi routers to the Escola Primária Completa de Esturro (Esturro Primary School) in Beira.
Bayport Tanzania’s corporate social responsibility initiatives focus on primary education and the youth. Our recent projects include:
University scholarships awarded to two students to study chemical engineering at the University of Dar es Salaam, and accounting and finance at Mzumbe University in Morogoro respectively. We also started an internship programme to afford our bursars the opportunity to gain workplace experience.
Contributions to the renovation of the Airport Primary School in Kigoma and the offices of the Tanzanian Teachers’ Union offices in the Mbinga District.
We sponsored the Kinondoni District Primary Schools Athletics Competition, as well as a one-day workshop for 150 primary school teachers from the same district.
We are paying for the education of two albino sisters who had been severely assaulted as a result of their condition. The sisters are attending St. Mary’s Boarding School in Mwanza City.
Bayport Uganda’s commitment to the districts in which we operate covers a diversity of corporate social responsibility initiatives in areas such as health, education, agriculture, business, youth and sports. The following are just a few examples:
Donations to the Mukono Multi-purpose Youth Organisation (MUMYO), an NGO that promotes the rights and wellbeing of the youth and works to alleviate poverty in rural areas. The funds were used for orphans’ school fees, projects for HIV/Aids support groups and the construction of MUMYO’s orphan education centre.
A monthly contribution to the Arua Rotary Club, which runs various charity programmes.
Donations to individuals or families in need, such as Ms Florence Akello whose triplets were born in the Angal Hospital in Nebbi District. The babies only weighed around 1.5kg each. One baby passed away, but we provided funds to Florence to assist her with her new family. In another case, we stepped in to assist a family whose only breadwinner was ten-year-old Edwin Lubega, who was also recovering from cancer. We donated funds for Edwin’s follow-up visits at the Cancer Institute in Mulago, provided school fees and school supplies for Edwin and his sister Vivian Nansamba, and gave his mother start-up capital for her fish-selling business to help sustain her family.
Donated cement to rebuild the Bubutu sub-county headquarters in the Manafwa District after it was destroyed in a fire. We also funded the completion of two rooms for the new finance department of the Sembabule District.
Donated crutches to Butaleja Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and funded the re-roofing of the boy’s dormitory of Bbaale S.S.S in Kayunga District following rain damage.
Bayport Zambia takes pride in playing a partnership role in education, primary healthcare, community upliftment and development projects. Examples of our involvement over the years include:
Donating K504 755 to the University of Zambia to sponsor the higher education of 60 young Zambians. The donation covers the students’ tuition, accommodation, registration and other fees, as well as a monthly allowance.
Providing construction funding for a new wing at the Zambian National Service’s new hospital.
Comprehensive and ongoing support for the Teachers Union at both national and local level to help build education capacity.
The construction of a community house in Kitwe’s Chamboli township, which is being used as a welfare centre where the skills needs of women in the community are addressed.
Several sport-related sponsorships in the interest of promoting a healthy lifestyle. Examples are new kit for the Lime Hotspurs Football Club, cash and gear for the annual Choova Bicycle Race in Chipata, and a cash donation in support of the Heroes 7’s rugby tournament in Kabwe.
Bayport Colombia supports the Asociación Hogar para el Niño Especial, a non-profit organisation that cares for children, teenagers and young adults who are mentally disabled. Bayport donated furniture such as university chairs, desks and cubicles in support of the children’s education.
World Teachers’ Day on 5 October 2012 was extra special for Mr Ofori Duah of Ashaakoko Primary School in the Ejura Sekyere Dumase District, and Mr Collins Kusi of Nsuta Presby Junior Secondary School in the Sekyere West District of Ghana. Both these teachers received a CFC-branded motorcycle as part of CFC Ghana’s contribution to the day on which teachers’ value is celebrated. The motorbikes were donated to GNAT (the Ghana National Association of Teachers) whose national selection committee decided to award it to the two teachers.
Bayport Botswana sponsors the annual Bayport Schools Karate Open Championship for primary school children, held in Gaborone. The inaugural event took place in 2011. In 2012, more than 400 young karatekas participated.
Bayport Tanzania launched its “Bayport books for schools” initiative in January 2012. Together with education officials, the company identified 20 schools in 20 districts to which text books are donated. Ten primary schools each receive 40 Grade 1 text books for Maths, English and Science per school. Forty Form 1 text books in Maths and English and two atlases per school are handed out to 10 secondary schools.
The St. Philomena Iganga Babies Home in the Iganga District in eastern Uganda is one of the charities that benefits from Bayport Uganda’s community spirit.
Thanks to a recent donation, the home could purchase playground equipment, classroom tables and chairs, clothing and bed linen. The orphanage cares for 38 orphaned and vulnerable children aged 0–5 years.
In September 2007, Bayport Financial Services Ghana started a Scholarship Award Scheme for students that have done very well in their studies but are unable to afford further education. The Scholarship Award Scheme finds the most talented students across the country by supporting all ten wards of the Teachers Union. This ensures all students have a chance to win a scholarship.
Each scholarship is given to the student for an eight-year period – four years’ senior high school education and four years’ tertiary education at university, college or polytechnic.
The Scholarship Award Scheme has been very successful and is now awarded every year.
To be awarded a bursary, students must do very well at on their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Students must also come from a financially disadvantaged background.
Bayport Financial Services provided TZS 20 million to renovate the Airport Primary School in Kigoma. This is the largest amount given by any micro-finance institution (or any private company) to a single school in Tanzania. The project involved the construction of the school’s administration block, with two new offices – one for the head teacher’s office and the other for the teacher’s staff room. 160 desks where supplied to the school and all floors were redone. The entire school received a new lick of paint after all renovations were complete.
On 8 October 2010, a ceremony was held at the Airport Primary School in Kigoma to officially relaunch the school.
We sent Dr Kwaku (Chairman of the Board), Ibrahim Kaduma (Director), Etienne Coetzer (Chief Executive Officer), John Mbaga (Chief Operations Officer) and Ngula Cheyo (Marketing/PR Manager) to the launch. Ibrahim Kaduma spoke on behalf of the company at the ceremony.
The school was officially re-opened by the Kigoma Regional Commissioner Rtd. Col. Joseph Simbakalia who was invited as the guest of honour. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend but sent the District Commissioner, John Mongela, to officiate the ceremony on his behalf.
In March 2011, Bayport helped towards a new roof for one of the classrooms of Misanvu Demonstration Primary School, in Bukomansimbi District in Western Uganda, because of very bad storms. The aid was received by the head teacher of the school.
Reach for Change is an initiative of Kinnevik, Bayport’s Swedish partner. It supports social entrepreneurs who help children and youth to a better life.
It is international non-governmental organisation that contributes funds, business expertise, media exposure and marketing and recently expanded the initiative to Ghana. Both Bayport Ghana and Consumer Finance Company (CFC) in Ghana are contributing partners, with senior staff from CFC serving as advisors to the selected social entrepreneurs.