FRIDAY DECEMBER 09, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- Five media professionals are well on their way to transforming their individual communities this Christmas with a TT$20,000 grant that they each received from the Digicel Foundation this month.
Earlier this year, the Foundation issued a call for applications for the community grants in commemoration of their 10th Anniversary. The call was issued specifically to journalists working in the media and social media influencers. Over seventy applications were received, and although all proposed projects were valid, five of them made the cut.
The grant is meant to implement a community project over the next 4-6 weeks which will also help bring some Christmas cheer during the holidays. Keron Bascombe, Agri Journalist and Social Entrepreneur with Tech4Agri will use his funding to purchase and distribute 90 VR headsets to St Mary’s Home and Tunapuna Boys’ RC. Christopher Joseph will purchase an interactive board that will be used at an educational facility for migrant children managed by ITNAC. Avalon Gomez will develop a women and youth hub to aid in resume and professional development skills in Arouca. Tringlobe Media will establish a Hydroponics Unit at Court Shamrock, Home for Socially Displaced Men. Abeo Jackson and the OJO Breakfast party consisting of Rodelle Cumberbatch (Ro’dey), Terrin Callender (Jaiga), Cleveland Davis (Raw Fusion) and Nicky Crosby will use their funding to conduct a theatre workshop with urban youth who will have the opportunity to put on a production at the end.
The Foundation acknowledges the importance of the media in its work within Trinidad and Tobago over the last decade. Although, it’s the first time the Foundation has engaged media partners in this way, it felt like the right time. In a season where joy and love is prevalent, the new media partners are excited about the impact that their separate projects will have in the communities.