WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Investing in strong and solid early education for children is crucial to their long term development. For parents who have children with special needs, finding a school that meets the needs of early learners can be particularly expensive and challenging. Wayne and Junie Jordan opened the doors of the Each One Teach One Special School, located in the Beetham Gardens Community, nineteen years ago to support parents and children with disabilities.
The Jordans provide a safe and positive environment to ensure that every child gets the start that they deserve. They have dedicated their lives to moulding the minds and hearts of children, preparing them for a future that many would say they do not have. Through the support of the Digicel Foundation, the school recently received upgrades totalling $TT13,000 under the Foundation’s Community Engagement small grants programme.
Building partnerships is at the centre of the Foundations mandate: to create a world where no one gets left behind. As such, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves headed by Warrant Officer Frank Mercury, T & Z Marketing and International Tiles, Carpets and Rugs all collaborated to complete the community project. The project work consisted of fabricating and installing desks and a dining counter, repainting walls, laying vinyl and minor plumbing works.
A recent visit to the school on October 1, 2019, revealed how the new upgrades were being enjoyed by both students and teachers. Mr. Jordan, the school principal, expressed their thanks to the Digicel Foundation for its support and the impact that the upgrades have had on the children. “When no one else would take them in, we do,” said Mr Jordan. He continued “Thanks to the Digicel Foundation, the children now have a place to sit and eat together. An experience not many of them share with their own family.”
Communities across Trinidad and Tobago can access the Community Engagement $10,000 TTD grant from the Digicel Foundation to complete small-scale projects. The small grant continues to make a big impact in communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Application forms can be found online at www.digicelfoundation.org/trinidad-and-tobago/