SINCE its inception early this year, the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation's mWomen program has helped 13,500 customers by providing information on sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.
Director corporate and business manager Ronald Prasad told guests at the Vodafone corporate philanthropy in Savusavu last Saturday the program was executed in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Women's Empowerment Network, Legal Aid Commission and Empower Pacific.
"SMS counsellor channel provides legal advice and counselling services and about 70 counsellors and lawyers are trained to provide these services to community under mWomen," he said.
"Now our customers can also access legal aid police directories on this channel. The Vodafone World of Difference program also empowers charity passionate human resources to take on innovative sustainable projects that can create real strategic impact with minimal input.
"A total of 69 passionate volunteers worked for 69 charity organisations provided more than $30million worth of services and our societal engagement is complementing the Vodafone Mobile for Good Program, thus making it a very unique model.
"We do research, symposiums, community and national policies, and training of trainers, implementation and monitoring of projects to ensure that whatever social investment we make is sustainable."
The foundation, Mr Prasad said, was catalysing real social change by investing in innovative projects that aspired to solve Fiji's most pressing problems.