FRIDAY AUGUST 3 2018: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO –On its 6th anniversary of service to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, the Digicel Foundation marked the special occasion by distributing cheques to 20 new Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) partners.
The celebration took place on July 25 at the Digicel Hospitality Suite where the Foundation issued 20 cheques at a total value of TT$688,000 to the EPIC partners for the 2018-2019 period.
Jason Kissoon Advisor to Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, brought greetings on behalf of the Minister, where he commended the credible community engagement and urged the groups to continue to reach out to Regional Corporations and Councillors, to partner and to help communities achieve their goals. Also in attendance was the Deputy Mayor of Port of Spain, Hillan Morean. He thanked the Digicel Foundation for connecting with communities and for providing opportunities to high risk communities to transform their spaces, while generating income for the youth.
Morean went on to state that the projects will help change the stigma associated with East Port of Spain and congratulated Gonzales and Basilon Street for meeting the criteria for the funding.
Launched in March 2016, the Digicel Foundation’s EPIC initiative encouraged registered community based organisations throughout Trinidad and Tobago to implement indoor or outdoor projects that would enhance their respective communities. Within the first two years Digicel invested TT$1.3 million in 39 projects which has impacted over 20,000 persons.
CEO Digicel Foundation, Penny Gomez reemphasized the goal of EPIC as taking a bottom-up approach to community engagement and really applauded the grantees for setting the agenda and finding ways to address their community needs.
With the new EPIC partners on board, it takes the number of EPIC initiatives to 59. This year the projects categories ranged from home work centres, organic gardens, food parks and other environmental initiatives. The Digicel Foundation has five more EPIC grants to issue before March 2019.
At six years old, the Foundation has invested TT$ 22.3 million in 347 projects impacting the lives of over 96,700 persons in Trinidad and Tobago.