Thursday, 18 August, 2016 –National Capital District|| Digicel PNG Foundation today received 16 cartons of children’s reading books from WeCARe! Foundation.
Digicel Foundation CEO Beatrice Mahuru said she was very grateful for the donation and thanked WeCARe for the kind gesture that will benefit the children in rural parts of the country.
“We invest so much in bridging the education gaps, especially in the most rural, remote and marginalised communities, because we believe that education is the greatest opportunity we can give a child.”
“We have built 488 classrooms and rewarded 15 schools, who have looked after our investment, with libraries. These libraries need to be filled with books and I am so grateful for WeCARe! Foundation for these books,” Ms. Mahuru said.
WeCARe! Foundation Manager, Josephine Dromenge, said on behalf of the founder, Fr. John Glynn that WeCARe! was happy tobe part of the efforts to change the literacy levels of Papua New Guinean children, especially those in the rural areas, also acknowledging that Digicel Foundation have been the biggest supporter to the work of WeCARe! Foundation.
WeCARe! and Digicel PNG Foundation have maintained an eight year partnership, with Digicel Foundation funding the WeCARe! with K210.00 annually, and fostered through supporting the work of one another.
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.