In Haiti, there is an adage which goes “men anpil chay pa lou" – it means that where there are many hands, the burden is little. With this meaningful proverb in mind, Digicel Foundation recognizes how vital it is to work in concert with local communities to guide community members towards a better life.
Upon opening its doors in 2007, the Foundation embarked on a mission to assist in the development of these communities. Not long after, both Digicel and the Digicel Foundation began serving thousands of families who lost everything in the floods of Gonaives. From there, the Digicel Foundation began making substantial impressions across Haiti.
Over the last 13 years, more than one million people have been touched by the Foundation’s social investments in diverse projects impacting various sectors including: education and capacity building, special needs, human rights, the environment, water accessibility, sanitation, agriculture, and technology. Because of our partners’ remarkable efforts, adults have learned how to read, Special Olympic athletes earned many medals center stage at the World Games, hundreds of lives were spared from cholera, and thousands of youth gained access to development programs.
The Digicel Foundation Grants Program has already invested in more than 214 projects. With its longstanding partners, and new partners it meets along the way, the Foundation hopes to deliver many more life-changing projects, while bringing countless hands together to lessen life’s burden for the most vulnerable populations.
The Digicel Foundation launched the third edition of its Konbit Pou Chanjman (Come Together for Change) campaign in May 2019. This initiative sought to award 15 local organizations with 800,000 Gourdes each to implement a community project in one of the country's 10 departments.
399 applications were received by the July 31, 2019 deadline of which 63 were selected for the second phase. After field visits were made to the shortlisted organizations, 25 were selected for the final round announced on January 15, 2020. The award ceremony was scheduled to take place on March 19, 2020 but was unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Realizing a big award ceremony would not be possible for a while to come, the Digicel Foundation decided to adapt to the current situation and held 10 very small events on June 20, 2020, one in each department.
Additionally, instead of awarding 15 organizations with 800,000 gourdes as was planned at the beginning of the campaign, the Foundation funded the 25 finalists with 1,000,000 gourdes for the 15 winners and 250,000 gourdes for the 10 others. Please click on the following link to view the list of Winning Organizations from the 3rd edition.
On June 20th, the Digicel Foundation also launched the 4th edition of its Konbit Pou Chanjman campaign. This initiative once again seeks to award 15 local organizations with 1,000,000 Gourdes each to implement a community project in one of the country’s 10 departments. Organizations desirous to implement a project are invited to apply for a grant in the following areas: education, culture, inclusion, access, livelihoods, and disaster prevention.