THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – The Digicel Foundation continues to embark on COVID-19 relief efforts lending support to NGO’s during this volatile time. Most recent beneficiaries of these efforts were the Centres for Socially Displaced in both Port of Spain and in San Fernando, and Alleyne’s Home for the Aged in Diego Martin.
One of the guidelines repeatedly emphasized is the importance of practicing good hygiene to mitigate further spread of the virus. For groups like the elderly and the homeless and those living in institutions, improper hygiene increases the risk of contracting and transmitting the COVID-19 virus. As such, a two-month supply of hygiene products were donated to these NGOs that provide support to these vulnerable groups.
The NGOs said it was challenging to locate and purchase hand sanitisers and other personal care products for their clients. The scarcity and in some instances, increased cost of the items made it quite difficult and they expressed gratitude to Digicel Foundation for coming to their aid.
As the reach of the pandemic widens with an increase in the number of positive cases globally, public anxiety heightens. The Digicel Foundation also partnered with Red Cross Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate a zero-rated Hotline. This Hotline will facilitate free counselling for persons who may be experiencing emotional distress during this uncertain time. The public is encouraged to reach out to professionals by calling 866-TTRC(8872). Trained professionals from the Red Cross are on standby to provide assistance with coping strategies for emotional stress related to COVID-19 and the current restrictions.
Digicel Foundation continues to find ways to support vulnerable populations as part of their global mandate to ensure that no one gets left behind