Mission Statement

Vodafone Foundation is committed to mobilising communities around the world to improve people's lives.

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Supporting HIV+ children in Lesotho

The Vodafone Foundation are working with Vodacom Lesotho, the Ministry of Health and other partners to get a generation of HIV+ young people on to treatment in Lesotho.

What we are doing - taking the Vodafone M-Pesa ‘Text to Treatment’ model, currently used in Tanzania for maternal health programmes, to Lesotho. Using the mobile money payment system, the programme will look to identify and support the travel costs of those children living with HIV/AIDS who have not been accessing healthcare.

There are an estimated 19,000 young people in Lesotho living with HIV, of which less than 6,000 are on treatment.  The Vodafone Foundation wants to ensure that every child living with this illness can access treatment.  The programme also aims to increase the number of women accessing prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) which prevents transmission from HIV+ mothers to their new-born children.

The programme will also provide mobile clinics that reach mothers and children in the rural communities where they live – for many communities this will be the first time that this primary health care provision has existed.

First Instant Classrooms deployed in Kakuma

In July the Vodafone Foundation deployed the first of the Instant Classroom kits. 

The digital ‘school in a box’ was launched at Mobile World Congress in March 2015 was designed to support the roll out of the Instant Network Schools programme.  A team of Instant Network volunteers delivered the first Instant Classrooms to Greenlight Secondary School in the Kakuma Refugee camp where 1,200 students will benefit from the equipment.  This

“The first deployment was a real success, we were able to train the teachers and deliver state of the art technology to kids that really need it.”

Alexandru Toader, Instant Network volunteer from Vodafone Romania

The impact of Instant Network Schools

Instant Network Schools help thousands of refugee children in need of education.

An Instant Network Classroom is a solar-powered centre with tablets that give children and teachers access to digital educational content and the internet in some of the world’s most poorly resourced refugee camps.

The immediate benefits of the programme are:

  • Enhanced access to resources, information and knowledge
  • Improvement in quality of learning through edu­cational programme broadcasting, including lan­guage skills
  • Access to tailored curriculum based on language and prior educational background of refugee chil­dren
  • Increased student motivation

Long-term benefits are:

  • Increased access to jobs
  • Better integration in the host country
  • Increased capacity to rebuild their lives when re­patriated to native countries
  • Critical for grooming future leaders for peace and stability of conflict-sensitive areas

Student - Nimo Abdi Mohamed

Nimo was born in Dagahaley camp 18 years ago. Her parents fled Somalia before she was born.

“When I started class in January, it was difficult for me to use a computer. I had never used one before. Now I learn how to use PowerPoint and Microsoft Access. Since the Vodafone project arrived, we also have internet. I don’t know how to search things in the internet yet but I’ll learn it soon. In today’s class, we learned how to open an e-mail account and to attach documents to an e-mail. I’ll learn step by step."

Nimo Abdi Mohamed

Teacher - Gisele Lolonga

“I am a Congolese refugee in Tanzania, I live in Nyarugusu refugee Camp. I am originally from Uvira, DRC. I have been teaching religion since December 2014. The arrival of Instant Network Schools has meant teachers and students are connected to the rest of the world. My students, for instance, will be able to learn about history and find out new things about their religions. I am inspired with the ability to impact knowledge on the young generation. When I am teaching and my students understand what I have taught, I am very happy.”

Gisele Lolonga

Teacher - Gisele Lolonga

“I am a Congolese refugee in Tanzania, I live in Nyarugusu refugee Camp. I am originally from Uvira, DRC. I have been teaching religion since December 2014. The arrival of Instant Network Schools has meant teachers and students are connected to the rest of the world. My students, for instance, will be able to learn about history and find out new things about their religions. I am inspired with the ability to impact knowledge on the young generation. When I am teaching and my students understand what I have taught, I am very happy.”

Gisele Lolonga

Teacher - Gisele Lolonga

“I am a Congolese refugee in Tanzania, I live in Nyarugusu refugee Camp. I am originally from Uvira, DRC. I have been teaching religion since December 2014. The arrival of Instant Network Schools has meant teachers and students are connected to the rest of the world. My students, for instance, will be able to learn about history and find out new things about their religions. I am inspired with the ability to impact knowledge on the young generation. When I am teaching and my students understand what I have taught, I am very happy.”

Gisele Lolonga

Teacher - Gisele Lolonga

“I am a Congolese refugee in Tanzania, I live in Nyarugusu refugee Camp. I am originally from Uvira, DRC. I have been teaching religion since December 2014. The arrival of Instant Network Schools has meant teachers and students are connected to the rest of the world. My students, for instance, will be able to learn about history and find out new things about their religions. I am inspired with the ability to impact knowledge on the young generation. When I am teaching and my students understand what I have taught, I am very happy.”

Gisele Lolonga

Teacher - Gisele Lolonga

“I am a Congolese refugee in Tanzania, I live in Nyarugusu refugee Camp. I am originally from Uvira, DRC. I have been teaching religion since December 2014. The arrival of Instant Network Schools has meant teachers and students are connected to the rest of the world. My students, for instance, will be able to learn about history and find out new things about their religions. I am inspired with the ability to impact knowledge on the young generation. When I am teaching and my students understand what I have taught, I am very happy.”

Gisele Lolonga

Teacher - Gisele Lolonga

“I am a Congolese refugee in Tanzania, I live in Nyarugusu refugee Camp. I am originally from Uvira, DRC. I have been teaching religion since December 2014. The arrival of Instant Network Schools has meant teachers and students are connected to the rest of the world. My students, for instance, will be able to learn about history and find out new things about their religions. I am inspired with the ability to impact knowledge on the young generation. When I am teaching and my students understand what I have taught, I am very happy.”

Gisele Lolonga

Local Foundations

Trustees

A list of the Vodafone Foundation's trustees

  • Nick Land
  • Margherita Della Valle
  • Elizabeth Filkin
  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
  • Jeroen Hoencamp
  • Matthew Kirk
  • Francisco Roman
  • Ronald Schellekens
  • Helen Lamprell
  • Mwamvita Makamba
  • Hatem Dowidar
  • Andrew Dunnett

Registered charity number

The Vodafone Foundation received recognition as registered charity from the Charity Commission for England and Wales on 4 December 2001.

Vodafone Foundation UK registered charity number 1089625.

Applications for funding

The Foundation receives an average of 12,000 requests per year for funding and support. While seeking to respond to all requests for information, it normally approaches only those charitable organisations which it believes can help in the delivery of its charitable aims.

Applications for funding

The Foundation receives an average of 12,000 requests per year for funding and support. While seeking to respond to all requests for information, it normally approaches only those charitable organisations which it believes can help in the delivery of its charitable aims.

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