Rilo Primary School in Babaka Village of Central Province is the proud recipient of a new double classroom. Valued at K240,000 the project consists of a steel frame double classroom structure with an office space in between, 40 desks, 9000 litre water tank, 2 bucket showers, 2 ventilation improved piping pit toilets and solar lighting. The classroom was co-funded by Digicel PNG Foundation and Em Stret Holdings which put forward K 120,000 each. This co-funding is part of the Em Stret Holdings Voices for Villages project which aims to support rural villages in terms of building classrooms, aid-posts, water, sanitation and solar through fundraising initiatives. Founder of Em Stret Holdings Ltd, Vani Nades thanked Digicel PNG Foundation for the partnership. “Digicel Foundation has been doing great things for the community around the country making an impact in the lives of many children and communities today. We are so grateful to the CEO of the foundation and the team for their great support indeed. It's all about working together making an impact in the lives of thousands which is far more satisfying. It is Em Stret’s desire and passion to provide and bring basic needs to the villages giving our many children hope and serving the community at large to benefit. In this way we also educate the community to take ownership and drive the projects also,” Ms Nades said. Ms Nades thanked the Babaka community for their overwhelming support towards the project since the ground breaking ceremony held in October last year. “The Babaka community has done really well by housing the contractors, feeding them and giving a helping hand. Words cannot express the love that they have given towards the classroom project. I believe that Education is the way forward and this will become the responsibility of the school and community to nurture it and sustain for the growth and development of our children's future.” Digicel PNG Foundation is committed to building community and community spirit through advancing education that is inclusive and health care that is accessible. Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Beatrice Mahuru said, “one of our key goals is to support marginalized communities to become more self-reliant and we do this by working with communities to develop and build sustainable and meaningful projects focusing on the areas of education and health. The core of our works is encouraging positive community ownership to improve the lives of people of PNG. The Babaka community has gone above and beyond to ensure this project is completed and we are delighted to launch this classroom project today in the presence of the community.” Digicel PNG Foundation plans to continue the funding of community projects in the areas of basic education and health aiming to support communities as they become more self-reliant in the future.