FRIDAY JULY 7 2017: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Having taken steps to nourish the intellectual capabilities of the students at the Lady Hochoy School located in Gasparillo, the next step for the Digicel Foundation was to enhance their physical space.This was completed through the Foundation’s ‘Centres of Excellence’ programme launched at the school on Wednesday July 5.
The aim of the programme is to enhance the physical environment of special needs schools, ensuring that the space is comfortable and meets international standards and the intellectual space is nourished through various therapeutic and educational sustainable activities.
Having invested in several programmes, including the Therapy Based Education Programme led by an Occupational Therapist, Behavioural Analyst and Speech and Language Therapist, the Aquaponics programme, which serves as both a means of therapy and new income stream for the school and most recently the Preparing You! Disaster Preparedness programme, where teachers and students are educated on how to respond to disaster, the last piece of the puzzle was the physical upgrade of the school’s facilities.
Speaking at the event this Wednesday, Digicel Foundation’s CEO Penny Gomez stated that “Through the Excellence programme, we have invested over half a million dollars in the Lady Hochoy Centre in South Trinidad.The upgrades to the school included construction and covering of walkways, widening of corridors, installation of wheelchair ramps, construction of a storage room, construction of a permanent guard booth, refurbishment of the existing student toilets, construction of a new bathroom block and installation and upgrades of safety equipment in the event of a disaster.
Through the company’s Digicel Play service, the Foundation has been able to supply the school with fibre broadband services at no cost to the school;a service that has been offered to several of the Foundation’s special needs partners.”