It feels like so long ago when the Digicel Foundation’s Patron and Chair, Denis O’Brien, came to Haiti to celebrate a first of many accomplishments, the inauguration of a school constructed in Thomazeau. Never forgetting the gracious welcome and generosity of the people of Haiti, a commitment was made—to join forces with likeminded local leaders and organizations to strengthen efforts in building a resilient Haiti. For 12 years, the Digicel Foundation has dedicated its resources to serve the most marginalized communities and to address numerous pressing issues.
Committed to the vision of transforming lives both through sensible corporate responsibility and community development, the Digicel Foundation began a journey in accomplishing an unprecedented record of objectives, surpassing any other corporate charitable organization in Haiti. Today, approximately 1.2 million men, women and children have benefitted from upwards of 171 community projects. More than 60,000 students have access to quality learning spaces at what will soon be 178 schools built by the Foundation. Furthermore, close to 2,000 schools directors and teachers have received professional development in improving the quality of education in primary schools.
The determination and drive of the Haitian people, without a doubt, have always served as the Foundation’s inspiration to stay the course in becoming a pioneer and leader in community development. Through the first 12 years, the Digicel Foundation embodied a key value to stand behind communities to change lives.
Thus, the Digicel Foundation is pleased to have closed the second edition of its Konbit Pou Chanjman (Come Together for Change) campaign. This initiative which started as a one off event to celebrate the Foundation’s 10th anniversary in March 2017, seeks to award local organizations by financing the implementation of their community projects. Encouraged by the overwhelming success of the initiative in 2017, the Digicel Foundation launched its second edition in May 2018, and organizations desirous to implement a project were invited to apply for a grant in the following areas: education, culture, inclusion, access, livelihoods, and disaster prevention.
Over 450 applications were received from local organizations all over the country, and after analysis, 72 projects were selected for the second round which included a site visit for further evaluation. Following this process, 25 projects were selected for the third and final round. Two representatives from each of the 25 remaining organizations were invited to Port-au-Prince in late February 2019 to make their pitches to the jury, and receive governance training. The closing award ceremony was held on April 4th whereby 16 organizations were selected as winners of this year’s campaign. These organizations will be awarded 800,000 Gourdes each to implement their community project. The next Konbit Pou Chanjman campaign is scheduled to launch on May 15th, 2019.
To see the list of winning organizations, please click Konbit Pou Chanjman 2019 Grant Recipients.