Digicel Foundation helps visually impaired

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Digicel Foundation helps visually impaired

Kingston, Jamaica – Wednesday, January 30, 2008: The Jamaica Society for the Blind can effectively live up to its mission ofhelping the blind adjust to their condition and lead productive lives, thanks in part to Digicel Foundation’s donation of talking calculators, canes and a Braille machine.The Foundation handed over adaptive aids valued at approximately $600,000 at the Society’s offices today.

Digicel Foundation’s purchase of an 8-seater bus in September of last year has helped the Jamaica Society for the Blind to overcome some of its transportation challenges. Prior to the provision of the bus, teachers found it difficult to travel, which affected their ability to efficiently train visually impaired persons, particularly those living in rural areas.

“Digicel Foundation has been wonderful to us. Their donation will be used for educational and mobility purposes.We are very happy that they approved this project which cost over $3 million,” said Virginia Woods, Executive Director, Jamaica Society for the Blind.”

Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, Major General Robert Neish, remarked that when the Foundation received the application for assistance from the Jamaica Society for the Blind, the decision to help was an easy one. “We recognise the benefit of such an organisation to the society and we know our act of altruism will be of great value”, commented Neish.

About Digicel Foundation

Telecom provider Digicel established the Digicel Foundation in 2004. The Digicel Foundation proactively helps to empower communities and promote self-reliance through its support for skills training, education, sports and other social programmes. Through these activities, the Foundation aims to build community spirit across Jamaica.

Other recent projects implemented by the Foundation are:

  • J$9 million construction of Flower Hill Basic School in St. James.

· J$2 million Reading Resource Centre and Mini-Library for Savannah-La-Mar Prep and High School in Westmoreland

  • J$2.3 million Reading Resource Room for Knockalva Technical High School, located in Hanover.
Digicel Foundation helps visually impaired