FRIDAY MARCH 11, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Earlier this year, the Digicel Foundation opened its EPIC applications to Digicel staff members once again encouraging them to become change agents in their own communities. Three grants valued at TT$30,000 each was up for grabs. Sheba Daniels- Gonzales, one of the successful applicants partnered with the Brandt Beauty Foundation to install a Hydroponics system at the St Vincent de Paul home for senior citizens, located in San Fernando.
Last week, the Digicel Foundation team presented the symbolic cheque to Digicel’s Learning & Development Manager, Sheba Daniels–Gonsalves and the Brandt Beauty Foundation at the Seniors’ Home.
Founder of the Brandt Beauty Foundation and the reigning Miss Trinidad and Tobago World, Ms. Jeanine Brandt was present at the handover and said, “This Hydroponic system is self-sufficient, low maintenance and efficient, with the seedlings harvesting crops within 2 to 5 weeks after being planted.” She added, “With the generous sponsorship of the Digicel Foundation, we can create food sustainability at the Home, and reap enough produce to feed over 100 persons."
Seven staff members stepped forward and applied for the EPIC funding for projects that ranged from refurbishment of community spaces, community park upgrades, installation of hydroponics systems, and awareness programmes.
EPIC is a grant initiative opened to registered community groups to fund indoor and outdoor community projects within 6-8 weeks. To date, with an investment of TT$3.4 million, the Digicel Foundation partnered with varying community groups to implement 103 EPIC initiatives, impacting over 48,977 persons throughout Trinidad and Tobago.