THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – The Digicel Foundation celebrates its eighth anniversary on July 25, 2020. Even as the world battles a rapidly evolving global pandemic, the Foundation has been unrelenting in their work of impacting communities and improving opportunities for persons with special needs throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Eight years has afforded the Foundation time to provide a substantive contribution toward sustainable community development. While some of the programming from inception still exist, the Foundation has noted the transformation in the quality of projects they have funded and implemented in their Community Development and Special Needs portfolios.
Initiatives such as the ‘Zippy’s Friends’, ‘Aquaponics Programme’, ‘Empowerment through Employment’, ‘Just Like You’, and ‘SOfit’, while concluded, still have a far-reaching impact on beneficiaries today. The interventions and partnerships of yester-year have had a colossal effect on how the Foundation has moved forward with new engagements.
Recent interventions now include an IT or Tech components, aimed at propelling beneficiaries into the demands of the digital- driven 21st century. ‘Connecting You’, ‘Masters of Prep’, ‘Digital Citizenship’ and ‘Girls Power Tech’, were designed to bolster marginalised youth, giving them to the best possible advantage to navigate the world we live in today. ‘EPIC’, ‘Preparing You’, ‘Community Engagement’ and all Special Olympic of Trinidad and Tobago initiatives are transforming every year, meeting partners where they are and guaranteeing that each intervention has the desired outcome.
The Foundation now places a huge emphasis on strategic partnerships with private, public sector and international agencies, encouraging all grantees to also seek and develop new relationships to help achieve organisational goals.
Reflecting on the work that the Digicel Foundation has done over the years, Penny Gomez, CEO- Digicel Foundation said, “Eight years ago Digicel made a concerted decision to have a focused approach to its CSR activities through the establishment of a Foundation. That decision has provided thousands of interventions in the areas of special needs and community development that have positively impacted the lives over 143,302 persons in 477 projects through the US $4.22 million. I wish that we could say that the beneficiaries were the fortunate ones but in fact we at the Foundation consider it both a privilege and a blessing to us that we are constantly given opportunities to make such meaningful differences in the lives of others. We also are so grateful to our customers, who through their loyalty allow us the means to get this important work done across Trinidad and Tobago.”
The Foundation will be celebrating its anniversary planning for new, innovative ways to work along with stakeholders to create and fund projects that help to create a world where no one gets left behind. For more information on the Digicel TT Foundation visit the website digicelfoundation.org and find them on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn @digicelfoundationtt.