Friday, 30 September, 2016 –National Capital District|| Digicel PNG Foundation today received K30, 000 worth of diaries from theodist to distribute to school the foundation have funded.
The Digicel PNG Foundation CEO was delighted to receive the donation from Theodist, stating that it will add much value to the education of children especially in the most rural and remote areas, where access quality and affordable education material was poor, and she thanked Theodist for their generosity.
“I cannot thank Theodist and indeed the Pini family enough for their generous donation of these old stock of diaries which will be very useful exercise books in the rural remote schools that we’ve funded. We have travelled to some of the most logistically challenging parts of Papua New Guinea to put up our classroom and library infrastructures and have really seen the struggle of these children. These diaries will make a big difference to a student who lacks exercise books,” Ms. Mahuru said.
She said the diaries will play a major role in the schooling of these children where they can use them as notebooks, journals or exercise books.
The official presentation was done by Corporate Devlopment Manager, Ryan Pini, and Sales & Marketing Manager, Kevin Anderson.
Mr. Pini said about 3, 000 diaries to the worth of K30, 000 was being given to the foundation.
“Theodist is delighted to give these diaries to Digicel PNG Foundation, for the students of many schools they have connected with all around the country. We know that they will be put into good use knowing that Digicel Foundation has a wide reach in the space of education,” Mr. Pini said.
Digicel Foundation has directly impacted the live of 19, 000 children with their infrastructure development in rural and remote communities and a further 4000 kindergarten aged children with their Community Learning Centre sustainability program.
“These diaries may not be of any use to many of us because the year is almost at its end but to these children, it will be like gold where they can use as a means to succeed in life,” said Ms. Mahuru gratefully.
To date Digicel PNG Foundation has funded 496 classrooms and 20 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.