On Sunday June 24th The Digicel Foundation was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Florida International University. This presentation was done at the Graduation Ceremony of the International Executive Master of Business Administration programme held at the Hilton Kingston Hotel. The Digicel Foundation Vice Chairman, Stacey Mitchell-Fraser, received this award on behalf of the Foundation.
“A number of private sector entities have been doing tremendous work in the area of outreach programmes, and the FIU IEMBA class of 2007 has carefully analysed all the players and selected The Digicel Foundation for the Humanitarian Award, “ announced Rhena Williams.
The Digicel Foundation is a non-profit organisation that distributes and utilizes funds on a charitable basis, for the sole purpose of building communities and ultimately the community spirit in Jamaica. It is in its third year of driving sustainable development and setting new standards in social investment. The Board of the Foundation is almost entirely comprised of Digicel staff members who are dedicated to ensuring that the projects are sustainable.
In an previous statement, the Foundation’s Patron, Mr. Denis O’Brien declared that, “any business that makes profit within a market should give back to the community through the building and regeneration of these communities.”
A few of The Digicel Foundation’s significant achievements in providing assistance and solutions in the socio-economic challenges ofHIV/AIDS, unemployment, skills training and recreational activity shortages, crime and drug abuse include:
“The people of Jamaica are forever grateful and better off for this partnership between communities, government and non-government organisations, and The Digicel Foundation,” said Rhena Williams. “It is only through such community-driven partnership that the country will enjoy a brighter future.”