Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Digicel Foundation invests $42m towards COVID-19 relief efforts

Digicel Foundation volunteers package food items for delivery under its latest project, "Operation SAFE Mode".

Digicel Foundation volunteers package food items for delivery under its latest project, "Operation SAFE Mode".

The Digicel Foundation is moving full speed ahead with a new project called "Operation SAFE Mode".

The foundation has invested $42 million in sanitizing, advocating, feeding, and enabling Jamaicans in the fight against COVID-19 - forming the acronym S.A.F.E.

The foundation has already distributed hand sanitizer and disinfectant to Jamaica’s 13 infirmaries; donated $500,000 towards feeding wards of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency; and provided phone credit and data plans for special needs partners, farmers and students across the island.

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) and the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information (MOEYI) are now looking forward to a partnership with the Digicel Foundation – Jamaica’s largest corporate advocate for special needs.

Enabling access

“At a time when restrictions have been put in place to protect us from COVID-19, access to resources is more important than ever. For the special needs community, it is especially important to ensure no one is left behind in the wake of this pandemic,” explained Charmaine Daniels, CEO of the Digicel Foundation.

“Education plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the future of so many persons. For that reason, we have partnered with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to provide access to online educational tools through the use of tablets and mobile data,” she added.

The foundation has pledged to donate 1,000 tablets across the JCPD and MOEYI. The tablets will be distributed to students with special needs; each tablet is SIM-enabled and will all have one month of free data.

 

Digicel Foundation volunteers package food items for delivery

From their overall investment, $20 million in food and household items has been dedicated to feeding those in need. The foundation, along with volunteers from Digicel Jamaica, is distributing food packages to community groups across the island.

Digicel Foundation Chairperson Jean Lowrie-Chin thanked Patron Denis O’Brien and the team for the work done so far to support the Operation SAFE Mode initiative. “We are heartened by the gratitude expressed by citizens far and wide for the assistance they have received. We applaud our hardworking Digicel Foundation team members and volunteers from Digicel Jamaica for their energetic participation.”

Safety and sanitization for Labour Day

Safety and sanitization remain a priority during these challenging times. With Labour Day approaching, the Foundation is looking forward to more activities as they partner with the Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew to undertake a major sanitization project in downtown Kingston.

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