The Digicel Foundation was first established in Jamaica in 2004 and has subsequently expanded to include Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago in order to better serve the communities in which Digicel operates.
Three of the four countries in which the Foundation works is in the bottom half of the United Nations Human Development index of 182 countries. This index takes a more holistic view than merely the economic situation of a country, by combining three dimensions of human development- Living a long healthy life, being educated and having a decent standard of living.
While the cultural, historic and socioeconomic conditions of each country are very varied, they have in common significant challenges for their education systems; a need for building stronger communities to offset potential conflicts; and vulnerability to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, cyclones, earthquake or tsunamis. The Foundation seeks to find relevant and effective responses to these challenges and to support and strengthen communities to withstand them