Bayport’s corporate social investment projects are driven by the same philosophy as its business practices: giving people the help they need to help themselves. The company mostly focuses on education and housing, and favours long-term relationships above once-off donations.
Following is a brief overview of recent projects:
In conjunction with Reach for Change, Bayport Ghana runs an annual Teacher Innovation Competition to find, reward and support innovative teaching ideas and practices that have the potential to transform the country’s education system. The finalists and winners receive financial support, advice, training and coaching to help develop and scale their ideas. The competition focuses on learning in science, maths, engineering and technology (STEM), as well as literacy and numeracy, for elementary and secondary school students. Bayport Ghana also partnered with the Tutudesk Campaign to donate 1 000 branded Tutudesks to Ghanaian children at several different schools. These ergonomically designed, portable and lightweight desks fit neatly on a child’s lap, and are wide enough to accommodate a textbook and a notebook. An added benefit is that the children can take the desks home at the end of the school day to do their homework.
Bayport Botswana built and handed over five homes in response to President Seretse Ian Khama’s Presidential Housing Appeal. Launched in 2010, the appeal encourages the private sector to assist people living in poverty. The Bayport houses were built in Tlokweng, Gaborone, Palapye, Tswapong and Moshupa. Recipients included people like Mrs Thompho Dintletse from Malaka, a grandmother who singlehandedly cares for 19 grandchildren.
Bayport South Africa
Bayport South Africa recently donated a new Isuzu light delivery vehicle to Ndiza Projects, the small black-owned business that is contracted to do maintenance work on all the company’s branches in South Africa. In doing so, Bayport kept a small business in business, saved four jobs, kept three families and 18 people fed, and maintained a long and fruitful partnership. By helping Ndiza, Bayport also earned supplier development BBBEE points, moving it closer to its transformation goals.
Bayport Tanzania contributed to the construction of the Bayport Kindergarten in Kibaha and donated 205 desktop computers to the Ministry of Public Service and Good Governance in support of ICT development in rural districts.
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.