THE Digicel Foundation will invest $8 million on several initiatives across Jamaica for the month of May in celebration of Child Month, the telecoms provider has said.
Among the initiatives is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Kingston’s ‘Race to Literacy’ book drive, which will see the Foundation donating over $1 million to the venture, the company said in a news release.
According to Digicel Foundation Chairman Major General Robert Neish, a staff book drive was also launched to collect books to be donated to the Jamaica Public Library system as well as over 15,000 French Creole books to be donated to Haiti under the same project.
Additionally, supporting the theme, “All I want is a chance to grow up”, the Digicel Foundation will be visiting over 35 schools across the island as part of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s (JTA’s) annual Read Across Jamaica initiative. In addition, the Foundation is donating $1 million to the JTA.
All of these initiatives “are aimed at enriching the lives of children right across Jamaica”, said Neish.
He explained that each project for the month of May will continue to place a keen focus on the education of the nation’s children. “Recognising the grave importance of our children to the future of this country, we have made a concerted effort to contribute to their well-being and educational development and we’re very excited about all the initiatives that we have lined up for this month,” he said.
Throughout 2009, the Digicel Foundation completed over 21 projects to the tune of approximately $64 million in communities across Jamaica.