In Haiti, there is an adage which goes “men anpil chay pa lou" – it means that where there are many hands, the burden is little. With this meaningful proverb in mind, Digicel Foundation recognizes how vital it is to work in concert with local communities to guide community members towards a better life.
Upon opening its doors in 2007, the Foundation embarked on a mission to assist in the development of these communities. Not long after, both Digicel and the Digicel Foundation began serving thousands of families who lost everything in the floods of Gonaives. From there, the Digicel Foundation began making substantial impressions across Haiti.
Over the last 12 years, more than one million people have been touched by the Foundation’s social investments in diverse projects impacting various sectors including: education and capacity building, special needs, human rights, the environment, water accessibility, sanitation, agriculture, and technology. Because of our partners’ remarkable efforts, adults have learned how to read, Special Olympic athletes earned many medals center stage at the World Games, hundreds of lives were spared from cholera, and thousands of youth gained access to development programs.
The Digicel Foundation Grants Program has already invested in more than 185 projects. With its longstanding partners, and new partners it meets along the way, the Foundation hopes to deliver many more life-changing projects, while bringing countless hands together to lessen life’s burden for the most vulnerable populations.
The Digicel Foundation is pleased to have launched the second edition of its Konbit Pou Chanjman (Come Together for Change) campaign. This initiative seeks to award 15 local organizations with 800,000 Gourdes each to implement a community project in one of the country’s 10 departments. Organizations which seek to fulfill a project in their community were invited to apply for a grant in the following areas: education, culture, inclusion, livelihoods, access, and disaster prevention.
The application deadline was July 31st, 2019 and the evaluation process is ongoing. Organizations selected for Round II will be informed on September 4th, 2019 and will be visited in the upcoming months.
For more information on the campaign, please view Apply for a Grant .
To view the names of the 16 winning organizations from the second edition, see Konbit Pou Chanjman Finalists.