TUESDAY MARCH 15, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – DMAD (Drama Making A Difference) was one of the 171 applicants to respond to a Digicel Foundation call for applications for funding earlier this year. The NGO applied to receive funding to upgrade a vocational training space at the Golden Grove Prison. Last week via an intimate ceremony, the Digicel Foundation presented a cheque of TT$100,000 to DMAD (Drama Making A Difference) in the presence of the Commission of Prisons (Ag.) Deopersad Ramoutar.
The funding will create partitions for the training room, purchase AC units, facilitate upgrades to toilet facilities and purchase of furniture. On hand to receive the cheque was Kwasi Cudjoe Project Coordinator and Andre Dillon Managing Director from DMAD. They addressed the small gathering making mention of their social intervention programme ‘Beyond the Bars’ which goes hand in hand with the upgrades to the space.
Commissioner of Prisons (Ag) Deopersad Ramoutar was present and shared his vision for rehabilitative programme for inmates. Mr Ramoutar shared that the change needed cannot happen in cells but the transformation needs development spaces like the one the funding will create.
Cindyann Currency Digicel Foundation Operations Manager who was present to handover the cheque stated, “This partnership and project epitomizes the Foundation’s global mandate that together we can create a world where no one gets left behind.”
Due to the Prisons’ self-sufficiency, the inmates and Prisons’ Officers will play a pivotal role in the renovations and the project should take 6 weeks to complete.