She recounted the hard times she went through, as she had very little financial support from fellow hearing impaired people and her community. “We had poor classrooms, only two teachers, little food, and few teaching and learning materials,” she said.
Mrs Basigha, however, refused to give up and defied all odds to give the children a brighter future. Emerging the ultimate winner of the MTN Heroes of Change Season III, Mrs Basigha received GHC100, 000 to support her work and enable her expand the project to impact more beneficiaries.
“The MTN Heroes of Change became my voice and the voice of many hearing impaired children,” she said. “The support I received gave us hope and a better tomorrow. After MTN Heroes of Change, I have now become the mother and hope for many hearing impaired children in Ghana and hope for a better education and a brighter tomorrow for them.”
MTN Heroes of Change was first launched in July 2013 with the aim of identifying and recognizing selfless people who continue to sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives. Like Mrs Basigha, the winners of the previous seasons of the MTN Heroes of Change are making tremendous impact in their communities. Dr. Abrokwa-Yenkyera, Founder of the GRAFT Foundation and the ultimate winner for the maiden edition of MTN Heroes of Change, has brought hope to the medically hopeless and poor by providing free reconstructive plastic surgery.
Madam Paulina Opei, the winner of Season II, is the founder of 'Save Our Lives' orphanage in the Ashanti Region. She takes care of abandoned children and orphans from some of the most deprived communities in the country. Apart from providing shelter and food, Madam Opei supports the orphans with formal education.
From Sammy Heywood Okine