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TNM commits K2.8 million to special needs training

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TNM has unveiled this year’s Hope for the Blind 2016/17 Academic Scholarship Programme worth K2.8 million which will go towards meeting academic needs of 17 students with visual and hearing disabilities.

The scholarship programme is an annual corporate social responsibility initiative that TNM runs through Hope for the Blind, a non-governmental organisation working to uplift welfare of visually challenged people.

Speaking when he presented the scholarships, TNM Head of Blantyre Region, David Nyirenda, said the firm remains committed to empowering vulnerable groups by enabling them to achieve goals through attainment of quality education.

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“We are very proud to keep our word by continuing to assist these students. This is our fourth year of running this initiative through Hope for the Blind. Every year, a set of students is identified and benefits from our contributions,” Nyirenda said.

Hope for the Blind Executive Director, Hastings Bwande, commended TNM for responding to the organisation’s call for assistance, saying the scholarships were timely as the new academic year has just begun.

“We thank TNM for always being there for us. They have been supporting us since 2009 by providing us airtime which we use for communication, thus helping Hope for the Blind to be efficient in its operations, apart from channelling the bursaries to the students,” he said.

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