Haiti: The Digicel Foundation claims to have invested $79.2 million in education, professional development and other fields

PRESS RELEASE DIGICEL FOUNDATION: 15 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO BENEFIT 1.3 MILLION Haitians

Port-au-Prince, Saturday, April 30, 2022 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Founded in Haiti since 2007, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the Digicel Foundation. 15 years since she made a commitment to help empower communities. Increasing its impact year on year, it was able to reach 1,355,311 people thanks to a $79.2 million investment in education, professional development and so many other areas through its project grants.

COMMITMENT TO THE EDUCATION SECTOR

During these fifteen years of activity, the Digicel Foundation has always regarded education as an essential asset for community development. Therefore, it has paid particular attention to it and has devoted many of its actions to the construction of school infrastructures, adapted not only for better learning, but also complying with seismic and paracyclic standards. To date, 188 schools have been built, benefiting more than 60,000 students, across the country’s 10 geographic divisions, often in remote and hard-to-reach areas.

Building schools is one thing, managing and maintaining them is another. The Digicel Foundation has understood this well. So it started a training program for teachers and school leaders and trained more than 1,700. The program has evolved and, thanks to a partnership with MENFP, it now advocates community involvement in school management through the PARCCSEQ (Project to Support School Community Capacity Building for Quality Education). This engagement takes place through two main channels:

  1. Creation of school councils to ensure the management of the school environment and its proper functioning;
  2. Identification, development and implementation of income-generating social enterprise projects to support the operational costs of the school.

COMMITMENT THROUGH ITS GRANT PROGRAM

Because education is not the only challenge the country faces, the Digicel Foundation is expanding its interventions to other areas and its investments have enabled more than 250 projects to be completed. On the one hand, through long-term partnerships with entities working in sport, higher education or in support of people with special needs. On the other hand, through the Konbit Pou Chanjman campaign launched in 2017, which has already funded 91 community projects for a total of 77 million gourds in areas such as agriculture, animal husbandry, access to water, fishing…

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Digicel strongly encourages the involvement of its employees in their communities because where the business grows, the community must do the same. It aims to offer much more than its commercial services, it is in the sense that it puts at the disposal of the communities the competences of its human resources by inviting them to participate in several days of volunteering. Last year alone, eighteen of these days were held nationwide. These activities include urban remediation, mobile clinics for people with disabilities, distribution of health kits, etc.

The Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, Sophia Stransky, says she is proud of the Foundation’s achievements and its commitment to communities….” Mutual aid should be part of each of us, I have the support of the Foundation in difficult times. times for the country, during the earthquakes of January 12 and August 14, many cyclones, especially Matthew…” She continues to promise that the commitment of the institution she leads will continue. She takes the opportunity to to announce that many initiatives will be taken this year to mark this period, but also to reaffirm the Foundation’s desire to contribute to a better future for Haiti.

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