Staff of Standard Chartered Bank volunteering at the Autism Awareness Centre in Accra
As part of activities to mark the festive season and in fulfilment of its global initiative of “Futuremakers”, Standard Chartered Bank organised an outreach to the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre at Kokomlemle, Accra.
Led by the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Mansa Nettey, the staff assisted caretakers and students of the centre in various educational and recreational activities which included painting, reading, bead making and paper art.
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The Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre was established 21 years ago with six children.
It currently has about 30 students and aims to train and support children with autism by providing them with independent living skills through training to facilitate their re-inclusion into mainstream society while creating awareness of the disorder which has no known cause or cure.
The Founder and Director of the Centre, Mrs Serwaa Quaynor, praised Standard Chartered Bank for their visit and called for more support for people living with autism in Ghana. She also used the visit to call on corporate bodies to emulate the example of Standard Chartered.
“Futuremakers” is Standard Chartered Bank’s new global initiative aimed at tackling inequality and promoting greater economic inclusion for young people in the communities in which it operates.
The initiative also aims to raise funds between 2019 and 2023 to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow and is built on the three pillars of Education, Entrepreneurship and Employability.
Standard Chartered Bank has an employee volunteering programme where each employee has a three-day paid leave to support social causes in selected communities with their skills set and expertise.
Under Employee Volunteering, the unique skills of the bank and its employees are used to share skills and build the capacity of young people to access jobs and economic opportunities that will help close the inequality gap.