Port-au-Prince, HAITI: The Digicel Foundation launched its latest annual report on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, in the presence of members of the press, executives from the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training as well as many partners.
This latest publication focuses on the Foundation's accomplishments during its 13 years of existence and more particularly on:
• Its total investment of more than US $ 72.4 million
• Its programs that have touched more than 1.3 million beleficiaries
• The construction of 179 schools across the country with over 60,000 students in attendance
• The financing of 214 community projects through its grants program
• The introduction of 75 school in its PARCCSEQ program.
In line with its vision to contribute to the strengthening of Haiti’s education sector, the Foundation worked diligently this fiscal year to complete two new schools constructions: Collège Saint Louis Marie de Monfort in Delmas 31 and L'Ecole Nationale de Cotton located in the commune of Jean Rabel. In addition, it carried out the renovation of five existing schools and the launch of three new construction projects, which will bring the total number of schools built to 182. Furthermore, qualifying schools were invited to participate in the Project to Support and Reinforce the Capacity Building of School Communities for Quality Education (PARCCSEQ). This program, which prioritizes community participation in school management, encourages the analysis of communal needs in order to develop income-generating projects. This initiative was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on December 13, 2018 and aims to improve the quality of education and sustainability of schools.
During this fiscal year, 65 millions of gourdes were invested in the Foundation’s grants program. In recent years, this program has focused on the Konbit Pou Chanjman (Come Together for Change) campaign and its second edition was rich in diversity, including projects related to water catchment, agriculture, the environment, animal husbandry etc. In total, 16 community projects received 800,000 gourdes each. In parallel, the Foundation also continued to provide funding to its various partner organizations such as: Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs, HELP, Special Olympics Haiti to name but a few.
The Digicel Foundation also continued with its Employee Engagement program despite the constant socio-political turmoil in the country. The involvement of each employee was remarkable whether it was on the screening day for people with special needs organized in collaboration with Special Olympics, or in their involvement to complete Trou Gilot public square with TECHO. Their contributions also allowed more than 2,000 students to receive gifts during the holiday season and helped raise funds for the Bernard Mevs Hospital to guarantee the continuity of its services.
In particular, this year, the Foundation also participated in the fight against Covid-19 in Haiti through a vast awareness campaign highlighting best practices. The initiative was implemented in partnership with its network of schools and grassroots organizations and was highly effective because of the relationship that the Foundation has nurtured with communities across the ten departments over the past 13 years.
“Our latest report is a testament to our continued commitment to work with communities across the country, to make them stronger and more resilient. The many positive results achieved continue to motivate us to remain dedicated to supporting quality education, professional development as well community development projects. », Attests Digicel Foundation CEO, Sophia Stransky.