Where Digicel as a business grows, so too must its communities. Digicel PNG Foundation works with communities to develop and build sustainable and meaningful projects and programs. The core of our work is encouraging positive community ownership to improve the lives of people in Papua New Guinea. Digicel PNG Foundation's community building programs are facilitated by program partners. Programs are determined on the basis of their alignment to the key objectives of Digicel PNG Foundation. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation is carried out during the annual term of the program to determine the impact and the outcome of the Foundation's investments.
For Financial Year 2018/19, Digicel PNG Foundation continued its funding of the Community Learning Centre (CLC) Tisa Program and funded a new program called the Klin Komuniti (Clean Community) Program. The facilitating partners of these programs are 4L Training & Consultancy (4LTC) and the Vabukori Hurricanes Rugby League Club (VHRLC). These partnerships are formalised through a 1 year Memorandum of Agreement which holds the partner to account on the key objectives as well as the key performance indicators for the programs.
Our CLC Tisa Program links the passion of community based teachers with a sound knowledgeable base to effectively deliver early childhood learning and development programs. This program has had an overwhelming impact on the literacy and numeracy ability of pre-school aged children in rural, remote and socially marginalised communities in PNG. The structure of the program is to conduct a 6 week training program followed by 34 weeks of practical teaching. During the weeks of teaching assessments are conducted and based on the achievement of each teacher they then graduate with a Certificate of Early Childhood Teaching (CECT).
The Klin Komuniti Program is designed to inform communities and indeginous people living within Port Moresby's urban villages of the many ways in which the environment can be improved. The main aim of the program is community building through litter reduction and beautification through action and education. The partnership formed with the VHRLC is utilising their youth players, many of whom are unemployed, to promote a healthy culture on and off the field, promote peace and harmony through mutual respect for each other and the environment and creating attitude and behaviour change to restore pride in their community.
Digicel PNG Foundation plans to continue the funding of community building programs aiming to support communities as they become more self-reliant in the future. No two communities are the same so we are constantly adapting, with a considered approach, respectful of working in different cultural contexts which are often deeply rooted in tradition. Our appreciation of this, attributes to our success.