The Benjamin W. Mkapa foundation celebrates 10 year anniversary since inception in 2006 in a fundraising dinner gala which managed to raise Tshs 1.17 Billion from corporates and individuals. The Foundation also launched its new name “The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation”.
From Left: The CEO of BMF Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, The President of Mohammed Entepreises (T) Limited, Mr. Mohammed Dewji, The Settlor of BMF, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa and The Chairman of the Board, Amb. Charles A. Sanga making an entrance at the Mkapa Foundation 10 year anniversary and Fundraising Dinner.
The half a night memorable event which was sponsored by Bank M took place at the Golden Jubilee Towers in Dar es Salaam, was graced by Mr. Mohammed Dewji (famously known as MO Dewji), the President of Mohammed Enterprises(T) Limited.Present in the occassion was the Former President of URT and the Settlor of BMF, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa; the first chairman of BMF, Hon. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, who is also the current Minister of Defense;and the current Chairman of BMF Board of Trustees, Amb. Charles A. Sanga.
The event which was witnessed by almost 200 guests included the wife of the Former President, Mama Anna Mkapa; the Ambassador of Ireland, Madam F. Gilsenan; Ambassador of Switzerland, Madam Florence T.Mattli; Global Fund Country representative, Mr. Nelson Msuya; Country Director of Abbott Fund- Natalia Lobue; several heads of corporates,parastatals and business community.
Former First Lady Mama Anna Mkapa (second from left) sitting with Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF, Ms. Eileen Swai member of BMF Board of Trustees and Madam. Fionnela Gilsenan, Irish Ambassador of Ireland
During the occasion, the Mkapa Foundation awarded the two former Heads of States who founded this Institution in 2006, namely Former President Mkapa and Former President of USA William Jefferson Clinton
The Guest of Honor, MO Dewji awards The Settlor of Mkapa Foundation H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa for his vision to establish The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation 10 years ago.
Dr. Ester Mtumbuka, The Country Director of Clinton Health Initiative (CHAI) receives an award on behalf of Former President of United State of America H.E William Jefferson Clinton, from The Guest of Honor, MO Dewji
The Guest of Honor , MO Dewji giving his speech during the BMF10 year anniversary and Fundraising Dinner
Addressing the invited guests, Mr. MO Dewji, stated that he is very honored to be part of the great and momentous occasion of celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Mkapa Foundation. He acknowledged the significant impact BMF has made in improving the equality, accessibility and quality of health service in Tanzania. “Tonight, I would like to take a few minutes to underscore the critical role of the private sector in this resource mobilization. It goes without saying that businesses cannot operate in isolation from the economic and social challenges that impact society as a whole” said MO Dewji. He urged the Private sector to play a critical role in supporting the Government to address the challenges that faces the health sector.
The Settlor of the Foundation and The Former President of Tanzania H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa giving a vote of thanks during the BMF 10 year anniversary and Fundraising dinner
The Settlor of the Foundation, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa extended his gratitude to the Government of Tanzania for working with the Foundation through a trusted partnership. Also he extended his gratitude to the bilateral and multilateral Development Partners, Corporate sector and individual benefactors who have continued supporting the Foundation to attain its goals.
“I am convinced that there is a great impact in the role the Private sector is playing, in contributing towards sustainable economic development of our country. I hereby urge the Corporate sectors through the window of “Corporate Social Responsibility”, to open up “sustainable partnerships” with the Government, as well as with the Non-State Actors to improve the social services, health being amongst the most in need” said H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa
Giving his remarks at the dinner the Chairman of BMF Board of Trustees, Amb. Charles Sanga mentioned the Foundation has developed a 2nd five year Business development and sustainability strategy for the year 2013- 2018 which costed 136billion Tanzanian shillings, intending to benefit directly and indirectly 20million Tanzanians through scaling up and designing Innovations for better health solutions to combat HIV and AIDS, Maternal health, and Health Systems components, particularly Human Resources for Health. “We are happy to announce that until January 2016,the Foundation has managed to secure 55% of the intended budget” said Amb. Sanga.
The Chairman of the BMF Board of Trustees Amb. Charles A. Sanga giving his remarks at the BMF 10 year anniversary and Fundraising Dinner
The Foundation extended gratitude to the major donors and Corporates partners that have been working hand in hand during the decade journey and to mention a few, they are Norway Government, Irish Aid, Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, USAID, Abbott Fund, UNFPA, WHO, Comic Relief, ACACIA, Bank M, NSSF, Quality Group, Geita Gold Mine, Mohammed Enterprises Limited, National Housing Corporation, PPF, Bank of Tanzania, Infotech Tanzania and Tanzania Investment Bank.
During this occasion the Foundation also launched its new name “The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF)” after changing from the “Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation(BMAF)”.
From Left: Amb. Charles A. Sanga, Chairman of BMF Board of Trustees, the GOH MO Dewji, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa, the Settlor of BMF, Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO of BMF, Ms. Jacqueline Woiso Deputy CEO of Bank M and Hon. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, Minister of Defense posing for a photo after unveiling the new name of the Foundation
Other activities that marked the occasion was the auctioning of various items that were sold to bidders. We thank all those who participated to make the event memorable.
The Settlor of BMF H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa hands over a picture sold in an auction to Managing Director of UNDI Consulting Limited Mr. Philip Makota,
Special thanks are extended to Bank M the main sponsor of the event along with Montage Limited, Clouds Media Group, PSPF and Mwananchi Communications.
The Settlor of BMF H.E Benjamin William Mkapa hands over a picture sold in an auction to Chief Executive Office (Designate) of Bank M, Ms. Jacquiline Woiso.