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 16 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 300 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.
More than 300 applications were received, and 46 organizations were selected to advance to the second phase. Field visits were conducted throughout the country to meet with the organizations and assess the submitted projects. On November 14, 2023, 25 organizations were selected and were hosted in Port-au-Prince from January 23 to 26, 2024, to participate in training sessions, present their projects to the jury, and take part in the final ceremony of the seventh edition. During this ceremony, 16 organizations each received a grant of $10,000 USD, and two others received a special grant of $5,000 USD each to implement their projects.
A new edition of the Konbit Pou Chanjman campaign will be launched in May 2024.