Thursday 25th September 2014 – Port Moresby: The Digicel PNG Foundation announced that over K9million was invested in over 40 community based projects in the areas of basic education and health for the financial year of 2013-2014. This was revealed during the launching of the Foundation’s 2013-2014 Annual Report today in Port Moresby. “Reflecting on the year in review we have continued to grow our footprint across the districts; steadfast in our goal to build conducive environments for basic education in rural communities, taking basic health services to the door steps of remote villages and building the capacity of socially marginalised people to participate meaningfully in the country’s development,” said Digicel PNG Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru. The Digicel PNG Foundation’s focus and commitment to respond to education health and community building saw:
• 74 classrooms built in 32 schools giving 2,640 young students in rural and remote communities improved learning environments to pursue their education in infrastructure which include solar lighting, water and sanitation • 6 mobile health clinics funded to strengthen basic health outreach services for six rural and remote health centres which collectively treated 16,691 people who would otherwise not have access to basic health services. • The graduation of 40 more community based teachers and over 1800 people from socially marginalise communities equipped with a basic business skills certificate • The successful pilot of the Community Based Rehabilitation Programme which made a significant difference in the lives of families caring for people with special needs in the 3 communities the programme was implemented
Another notable milestone for the Foundation is the blossoming of the first real tangible partnerships with Government. Moving forward to financial year 2014 – 2015, Digicel PNG Foundation will continue to collaborate with its partners to empower people and communities through building sustainable and meaningful projects and programs focusing on the areas of education and health.