Special Needs Portfolio | Digicel Jamaica Foundation

Special Needs

We are the first and only corporate Foundation in Jamaica to focus on Special Needs. As there continue to be challenges caused by the lack of funding and awareness, we’re helping to create a world where no one gets left behind by shining a spotlight on those with physical, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Since inception, we’ve worked closely with Special Needs organisations, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to offer assistance. This includes partnering with UNICEF in 2018 to get 3,633 persons (including 847 students) registered with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, which allows them to receive government benefits and services.

One of our major fundraising and awareness initiatives is the Digicel 5K Run/Walk/Wheel for Special Needs, which is now in its ninth year. Over the years, this event has raised US$457K for numerous Special Needs organisations.

We have invested in Special Needs education to increase access for students at all levels. Since 2005, we’ve partnered with the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to renovate seven special education schools. We also constructed 10 Special Needs Centres which are run independent of the Special Needs Units – all still in operation today.

In 2021-2022, we hosted our first Virtual Conference on Special Needs. This event replaced our usual Digicel 5K in October. As a part of the activities, we awarded US$50,000 to the renovation of the Jamaica Paralympic Association's basketball training court at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre.

Special Needs Statistics
FY 2022-2023 Target As at June 2022 % complete
Number of Special Needs Institutions renovated 3 0 Not Yet Started
FY 2022-2023
Number of Special Needs Institutions renovated
Target
3
As at June 2022
0
% complete
Not Yet Started
Number of Special Needs Centres Supported 10 0 Not Yet Started
FY 2022-2023
Number of Special Needs Centres Supported
Target
10
As at June 2022
0
% complete
Not Yet Started
Number of Special Renovation Projects 1 In Progress 27%
FY 2022-2023
Number of Special Renovation Projects
Target
1
As at June 2022
In Progress
% complete
27%
Special Needs Statistics
FY 2021-2022 Target As at September 30 % complete
Number of Special Needs Institutions renovated 1 1 100%
FY 2021-2022
Number of Special Needs Institutions renovated
Target
1
As at September 30
1
% complete
100%
Centres of Excellence Supported 10 10 100%
FY 2021-2022
Centres of Excellence Supported
Target
10
As at September 30
10
% complete
100%
Investment in Special Olympics JA $24,500 $24,500 100%
FY 2021-2022
Investment in Special Olympics JA
Target
$24,500
As at September 30
$24,500
% complete
100%
Special Needs