Wednesday, 07 August, 2016 – Port Moresby, NCD|| Digicel PNG Foundation this weekend will receive two international visitors from Digicel Jamaica, to give them a tour around the country for a full appreciation of the work that is done by Digicel PNG Foundation.
The Jamaican visitors, Jodi-Kay Kerr, a sales administrator with Digicel Jamaica, escorted by Capacity Building Manager Evadne Cowell, were winners of the Live Learn Love Foundation, an international competition that ran in Digicel Markets to encourage the staff to get a greater appreciation of the work the Foundations do in their respective countries.
The winner of the Digicel Jamaica Foundation chose Papua New Guinea and will be arriving in Port Moresby with her colleague this Saturday 10/9/16 to stay for a period of one week and will experience an intense visiting schedule to programs and projects sites in Port Moresby and the provinces and experience the different cultures of ours during this independence week.
The Digicel PNG Foundation team will first take the visitors on Sunday to Kundiawa, Simbu Province to see the work of Digicel Foundation’s Men of Honour Amabassador, Jimmy Drekore, with the Simbu Children’s Foundation.
The next stop will be Western Highland Province to meet all Highlands Region based Men of Honour award recipients hosted by Pinjiki Wak followed by a treat to traditional singsing by Paiakona Primary School students, recipient of a Digicel double-classroom in 2015.
They will then visit Milne Bay Province on Tuesday to visit Digicel Foundation supported Women’s Resource Centre, Kedu Seif Haus, and later treated to more tradition dances and an elementary school visit.
They will later be visiting programs partners such as Cheshire disAbility Services and WeCARe! Foundation here in Port Moresby before going on a drive to witness the various independence celebrations around the city.
Their itinerary will end with an Independence Picnic at Barakau were more traditional dances will be on displayed and also to go back to where it all started for Digicel PNG Foundation with the first infrastructure projects at Barakau Primary & Elementary School.
To date Digicel PNG Foundation has funded 485 classrooms and 15 libraries, 23 Mobile Health Clinics, 6 rural Health Aid Posts, 3 Women’s Resource Centres, co-funded 5 Family Support Centres in partnership with UNICEF and NDoH. We have graduated 261 grassroots community based teachers in early childhood development and learning and over 15,000 men and women are now equipped with basic business skills. Over 900 people with special needs, together with their families and communities have been impacted positively by the Community Based Rehabilitation Program; and the Men of Honour Awards – a campaign against violence in PNG, is the latest to the Foundation’s development portfolio. So far, we have 10 winners, 30 finalists and 162 nominations. Digicel PNG Foundation appreciates that change is not going to happen overnight, but it will happen.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K65 million in PNG’s rural, remote and socially marginalized communities across all 22 provinces directly impacting over 500,000 people.