Orange update journalists on activities
Sierra Leone’s leading mobile network, Orange Sierra Leone on Thursday December 17, 2020 briefed journalists on activities undertaken in 2020 by the company as part of their cooperate social responsibility, as well as value added services offered and promotions launched to change the lives of subscribers.
Annie Katta, Orange Public Relations Officer stated that the mobile service provider has speedily become a household name in the country and has contributed rapidly in the transformation of the digital landscape.
She disclosed that the company currently has 3.1 million customers, SLL 140Bn paid on taxes, 440 sites, 1 million Orange Money customer base, 74% population covered and 51.8% market shares.
She claimed that Orange Sierra Leone is currently the biggest mobile communication service provider because they are a willing and capable tax payer; strong global international brand; a women empowerment network (with the first female Chief Executive Officer); strong network provider; and having an accountable cooperate social responsibility to the people of Sierra Leone.
Desmond Spain, Orange Head of Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) said that the mobile operator has provided support in the fight against COVID-19, citing the donation of SLL 1Bn Cash to the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Center (NaCOVERC); distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at regional level; provision of e-Educational Portals to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) and the Ministry of Technical Higher Education (MTHE); Chamber of Commerce Partnership on the provision of food items for 100 Quarantine Homes and donation of Android phones to Emergency Operation Center (EOC) for the tracking of e-Pass along checkpoints across the country.
He disclosed that the company adopted some 50 Ebola orphans (kids) in three SOS Villages (North, South and West) with a 3-year commitment of Le300Million yearly.
“We have also been providing Ramadan donations to mosques and other underprivileged, disables and homeless people across the country. We provided support to Thinking Pink Breast Cancer Foundation Awareness and Fund Raising Marathon to the tune of SLL 75M yearly, and also provided many other supports to various formal and informal sectors,” he said.
Statements were also made by other departmental heads in line with what Orange SL has done so far to the development of the digital landscape and other cooperate social supports.