FRIDAY JULY 23, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Every day is a good day at the Digicel Foundation. The Corporate NGO will be celebrating nine years of service this week and the team agrees that while some days are better, every day is a good day because the work is impactful. Through an investment of TT$33.2 million the small team has been responsible for the implementation of 512 projects impacting the lives of over 178,000 persons in Trinidad and Tobago.
The impact driven initiatives fall within two focus areas: Community Development and Special Needs. All the projects that are community driven and people centred with the aim of building stronger communities or improving opportunities for persons with disabilities. Through partnerships such as: Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT), The School Leadership Centre of Trinidad and Tobago, UNDP, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, Police Youth Clubs, Government Ministries and a cadre of community based organisations, the philanthropic footprint of the Digicel Foundation touches all corners of T&T.
Flagship community projects such as: ‘EPIC’ (Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities), ‘Preparing You’, the ‘Aquaponics’ programme, ‘Therapy-based Education’ programme, ‘Honey Seco’ and SOTT National Games, to name a few, demonstrate that the Digicel Foundation has taken its corporate social responsibility to another level.
Even with the restrictions and challenges associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation team has still been able to impact those most vulnerable within our society. Students throughout Trinidad and Tobago who were left at a disadvantage due to lack of access to devices for their virtual schooling, were able to benefit from the ‘Connecting You’ programme which distributed 1,715 tablets and 200 refurbished laptops to 64 schools. ‘Girls Power Tech’ has been hosted virtually in both 2020 and 2021, inspiring young women to pursue careers in tech. ‘Masters of Prep’, a virtual reality game was launched to build awareness and disaster resilience in persons with disabilities. Through ‘#StandingTogether’ with 10 NGO partners the Foundation also provided TT$500,000 in groceries to 1,000 families.
Penny Gomez, Digicel Foundation’s CEO said on the marking the anniversary, “Through strategic partnership with parent company Digicel, the Foundation has been able to serve those most vulnerable, empower youth and community leaders, advocate for persons with disabilities, and collaborate with public sector to achieve national goals. Our nine year anniversary is being met with hope, encouragement and purpose as the team reflects on the past and pushes forward to chart the course for the new year.”
For more information on the Digicel TT Foundation visit the website at digicelfoundation.org and follow them on Instagram and Facebook at digicelfoundationtt.