THURSDAY MAY 9 2019: PORT OF SPAIN – ‘Young Mindz of Gonzales’, became the latest NGO to benefit from the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) programme.
On April 13, Young Mindz officially launched its Young Mindz of Gonzales Food Park, making the facility a reality for the group. The journey towards this achievement began last year, when the group answered the Foundation’s call for applications for the EPIC programme.
EPIC is an initiative which aims to deliver a series of small scale community-based projects that have the potential to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces and contribute toward the development of communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
The group was given US$5,000, which helped cover the costs of the development of the ‘Food Park’, inclusive of fencing, a hydroponics system to expand the production of crops, and a water system to ensure the farmland is properly irrigated.
Josanne Craigwell-Mc Donald, who brought remarks on behalf of the group, thanked the Digicel Foundation for working with them to help transform a non-utilized space into a much-needed agricultural endeavour.
Penny Gomez, Digicel Foundation Trinidad & Tobago CEO noted, “The Young Mindz of Gonzales’ Food Park will provide an alternative and viable source of income for the farmers and their families. It will also foster a greater community spirit and an appreciation for agriculture.”
The Foundation is always open to partnering with groups such as Young Mindz of Gonzale,s who are committed to transforming the lives of youth, through education, mentorship and developmental programmes.