At GTBank, we understand that we are in a unique position to help others thrive in our host communities. With our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives we hope to leverage on expertise,resources and network of our organization and its people to support the economic growth and progress of our communities.
Orange Heart is the GTBank staff volunteer initiative which seeks to drive positive social change through high- impact employee led charitable giving and volunteer programs.
Volunteerism is part of our company’s DNA and has evolved into a strategic and comprehensive platform. In addition to enriching local communities, volunteerism provides our employees with opportunities for leadership, team building, and skills development.
In 2017, our employee volunteers contributed hours to help address community needs from coaching to building classrooms & Lavatories to donating items to orphanages. As a bank of best practice guided by sustainability in all that we do, we have taken on a conscious mandate to empower our employees by creating an enabling environment in which they are able to contribute positively to our corporate culture in the way they desire. Our employees recognise this, and of their own decision, they have also chosen to be forces for good in the communities around which they work.
Members of staff champion over 100 social projects through the GTBank Social Responsibility Challenge across the 36 States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. Among these projects is the renovation of the classrooms of Junior Secondary School, Galadimawa, Abuja; the provision of pipe-borne water for Itedo Community School, Lekki, Lagos State and the renovation of the school’s restrooms; the installation of Solar Panels, an Inverter and Wall Fans in the children’s ward of Apapa General Hospital, Lagos; and the renovation and furnishing of barbing salon at the Port Harcourt Maximum Prisons, among dozens of other projects.
Every year, our staff at different locations across Nigeria make voluntary contributions towards supporting persons or communities in need. This year, donations received from bank staff were used to provide free one-year medical insurance to people dealing with several challenges associated with SCD.
Nigeria has the highest number of people living with sickle cell in the world, and with poor access to quality health care, there is a high infant mortality rate due to SCD. In order to increase the quality of life of people with SCD, we partner with Soulage Foundation through our #Touching Lives campaign to provide free medical care for people with SCD.
Mrs Odegbaike, CEO, Soulage Foundation
“Soulage foundation provides access to quality healthcare for indigent people with sickle cell. In 2017, through donations from GTBank staff, the organisation provided access to HMOs for premium healthcare delivery for people living with sickle cell. This included a leg ulcer surgery for an orphaned sickle cell patient. We are able to provide more care for people who would not have been able to afford such care, increasing their chances at living fuller lives, giving them a better opportunity to contribute to their communities.”
“Back then, I took an oath when I lost my sister that I will go to any length just to survive, no matter the pain. I want GTB staff to continue what they are doing because not every sickle cell carrier survives and not all of them can do the things that I do when it comes to physical strength. Not all of them can bear the pain that I bear, not all of them can try not to give up because of the excruciating pain. I just want to see other people survive and this is why GTBank staff should not relent on the good work they are doing. There are lots of people out there suffering. What GTBank staff are doing will reduce this suffering and make the world a better place.”
Maternal and Child Health Initiative
SME & Enterprise