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Digicel Celebrates Special Needs Awareness This October

We won'tt be having our annual Digicel 5K this year, but we’re still going to #DoItForSpecialNeeds this October! Our team at Digicel is raising awareness for workplace inclusivity under the theme ‘Together We Can Be the Change’. We’re staging a number of activities over the next four weeks to raise awareness, stir action and seek firm commitments to workplace inclusivity. Employers of all sizes can join the conversation on providing additional employment opportunities and improving conditions for persons with disabilities. The month-long activities include a special forum on October 12 to discuss the rights of persons with Special Needs, featuring representatives from the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities and the Jamaica Employers Federation. On October 19, we go live for our first Virtual Conference on Special Needs – talking about Overcoming Challenges to Workplace Inclusion. Special Needs Month will also include testimonials, giveaways and other activities via the Digicel Jamaica and Digicel Foundation social media pages. As a member of the Valuable 500 – an international initiative catalysing the influence of large private-sector corporations to table disability on the board agenda – the Digicel Group is committed to creating a more inclusive working environment for persons with disabilities. For more information on the upcoming Special Needs activities, follow @DigicelFdnJA on Instagram.

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Youths Take Centre Stage as Digicel Foundation presents 20 for 20 Grants

Organisations across the island are rejoicing as we turn our attention to the most pressing issues in local communities - youth engagement and training - with our 20 for 20 grants. The grants span all 14 parishes with 20 grants issued at US$4,000 (JM$650,000) each. Our team joined five more groups at the Digicel retail store at 14 Ocean Boulevard on Tuesday, August 10 to hand over more cheques.

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$28 Million in Community Grants Now Available Through Digicel Foundation Build Jamaica Programme

We're making real investments in real communities with our 2021 Build Jamaica grant call! This year, we're offering J$28 million in grants - one grant issued per parish valued at $2 million each. “This year, we want to make an even greater impact by working with our community groups to Build Jamaica,” explained our CEO, Charmaine Daniels. “These grants are unique because they allow investments in a wide range of areas however all of the projects still tie back to the communities. That means we’re partnering with and supporting people who live, work and are invested in developing their home towns.” Our Build Jamaica grants are primarily focused on helping schools, community centres and after-school programmes to go digital in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic; creating skill training and employment opportunities for at-risk youths; and growing the capacity of farmers’ groups and social enterprises to increase community employment. “It’s important that each of our projects remains sustainable over time – especially during this period of uncertainty caused by the pandemic,” said Charmaine. “We see the need for our educational programmes to help young persons’ adapt to this online future. Our focus is creating a world where no one gets left behind so we’re looking for projects that can equip our youth with the skills to be fully job-ready and conquer whatever lies ahead.” Among other aspects, the Build Jamaica programme includes training for each of the shortlisted applicants - we will be shortlisting two applicants from each parish. Through the University of the West Indies Centre for Entrepreneurship and Practical Thinking, each group will also get assistance to draft a professional business plan - making them better equipped to apply for future funding. Applications are currently available for download on our website. Further instructions and guidleines to apply can also be found on the site. The application deadline is August 2, 2021.

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