Connecting for Good - connectivity drives change
Connecting for Good is about combining Vodafone's charitable giving and technology to make a difference in the world. Globally, the Vodafone Foundation supports projects that are focused on delivering public benefit through the application of technology across the areas of health, education and disaster relief.
The Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of global and local social investment programmes. The Vodafone Foundation is a UK registered charity (1089625).
10 years of Vodafone M-Pesa
Vodafone Foundation helps save mothers’ and children’s lives
Connecting 3 new schools in Democratic Republic of Congo
Instant Charge’s sent to Italy in response to earthquake
Launch of Instant Schools for Africa
Vodafone employees raise £200,000 for displaced girls education
Pioneering new ‘Uber’ ambulance service
Vodafone is marking the 10th anniversary of M-Pesa on 6 March, enabling customers to send, receive and store money on a mobile phone. The Vodafone Foundation uses M-Pesa as part of the Mobilising Maternal Health programme to distribute expenses and patient transport costs, benefiting thousands of mothers every year and delivering life-critical interventions for around 200 women and newborns a month in Northern Tanzania alone.
Vodafone Foundation ambulance taxi drivers are paid via M-Pesa to get women like Consolata to hospital in emergencies. Without ambulance taxis, women like Consolata would have no means of getting to hospital in an emergency, putting their lives and the lives of their babies at risk.
Jehinda, one of our ambulance taxi drivers in Tanzania who transports women to hospital. Drivers like Jehinda are paid via M-Pesa and have transported 2,789+ pregnant women with emergency conditions.
Innovative mobile technologies deliver community healthcare programme in Lesotho where 1 in 4 are HIV positive.
The Vodafone Foundation today announced a pioneering mobile-based HIV programme in Lesotho, where an estimated 23% of the population is HIV positive, many of whom live in extreme poverty in remote rural communities separated by mountainous terrain with minimal infrastructure. As many as 5,000 children under the age of 14 are estimated to be undiagnosed and living with HIV and their lives are therefore at immediate risk if they are not identified and put on treatment. There are a further 7,000 children already diagnosed who require ongoing specialist HIV treatment.
The Vodafone Foundation programme combines Vodafone’s M-Pesa mobile money service - which is widely used across sub-Saharan Africa - with travelling clinics and a smartphone app designed for healthcare professionals which enables the tracking of patients in remote areas. The travelling clinics - using a fleet of 4x4 vehicles - provide on-site HIV testing in remote areas as part of a wider effort to provide basic primary healthcare. When people are identified as HIV positive, they are immediately registered with the M-Pesa mobile money service* and receive the M-Pesa funds needed to pay for transportation to a treatment centre. At the same time, their details are recorded - via mobile - on a central database so that their future treatment and care can be planned and recorded. These details can then be recalled in real time by healthcare professionals in the field using a smartphone app produced by the Vodafone Foundation and Vodacom Lesotho.
The Vodafone Foundation Instant Network team have connected three new schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a team from Vodacom Congo and UNHCR. The camps host more than 50,000 refugees who without the programme had limited access to a quality education and internet. Along with refugee students, many who have fled the Central African Republic, are local Congolese children who do not have access to government schools.
The schools were entirely funded with the money raised by Vodafone employees took part in Vodafone Land’s End to John O’Groats 2015; a 969 mile bike ride across the UK.
The Vodafone Foundation supported Vodafone Italy following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which hit central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday 24 August 2016.
The Vodafone Foundation sent two Vodafone volunteers, Davide Camponizzi and Dario Barbieri, to set up two Instant Charge facilities in the first emergency camps set up in the mountainous area in support of those affected by the quakes, and also to support the emergency services. The first Instant Charge was set up in Amatrice, and the second in Arquata.
The Instant Charge was launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress and allows up to 66 devices to be charged simultaneously at any one time and can be set up in under 10 minutes.
Vodafone Foundation launches ‘Instant Schools for Africa’ to bring advanced educational resources to millions of young Africans.
The Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone announced the launch of one of the largest philanthropic programmes in the Vodafone Foundation’s 25-year history.
The Instant Schools for Africa initiative will launch in early 2017, providing millions of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania with free access to online learning materials developed in conjunction with Learning Equality*- a leading not-for-profit provider of open-source educational technology solutions - and with education partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country.
By 2020, the Vodafone Foundation aims to reach up to 3 million refugees.
160 Vodafone Employees participated in Threshold Sport’s ‘Race to the King’ event, covering 53.5 miles from Arundel to Winchester along the South Downs in June 2016. Collectively, the team covered 7,570 miles – equivalent distance of London to Cambodia- in total #TeamVodafone raised an incredible £200,000.
The money raised has been divided between three long standing partners of Vodafone Foundation: the Malala Fund, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), to ensure girls, as well as boys, who have been forcibly displaced from their homes get equal opportunities for an education, and the prospects that provides.
Pioneering new ‘ambulance taxi’ service could help save at least 2,700 lives of pregnant mothers and babies in rural Tanzania each year
- First-of-its-kind service launched in districts in Tanzania
- Districts Sengerema and Shinyanga are about the size of Belgium, have a population of at least one million and only 10 ambulances
- Vodafone’s M-Pesa used to pay taxi drivers when high-risk expectant mothers, many of whom are teenagers, are brought to hospital
Many hundreds of high-risk pregnant women in an area of Tanzania around the size of Wales are not surviving pregnancy or are losing their babies as there is no means of getting them to hospital.
In response, a pioneering new toll-free emergency line has been launched by the Vodafone Foundation - alongside its NGO partners Pathfinder International and Touch Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The emergency line - equivalent to 112 in Europe, 911 in the US and 999 in the UK - could help save around 225 women’s and babies’ lives a month, and will see a network of 100 taxi drivers responding to emergency calls, taking pregnant women on what is often a three-hour journey to reach the nearest hospital. Once women arrive at hospital, the emergency taxi drivers are paid using Vodafone’s mobile payment service M-Pesa.