DIGICEL TOUCHES THOUSANDS THROUGH BACK TO SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMME
As many ushered in the new academic year 20162017, Digicel continued its corporate goodwill in Saint Lucia, through its Back to School Outreach Programme. Team Digicel last week concluded this programme with intense island-wide school supplies deliveries to over forty schools in socio-economically challenged communities and underprivileged students within schools. As part of this annual drive, Digicel staff and volunteers further delivered back packs, notebooks, lunch bags, pencil cases and exercise books to various schools.
Beneficiary schools in the northern zone included Gros Islet Primary, Monchy Combined, La Guerre Combined, Boguis Combined, Fond Assau Combined, Babonneau Infant, Marchand Combined, Dame Pearlette, Balata Combined and the special needs institutions Dunnattor and Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre.
The team also traversed the east coat with deliveries to Bexon Primary, Aux Lyons Combined, La Resource Combined, Dennery Primary and Micoud Primary before heading south to Pierrot Combined, Grace Combined, Augier Combined and the Vieux Fort Special Education.
After visiting Banse Combined School the team proceeded to the Laborie Boys Primary School where Principal Adrian Dacherville was delighted with the donations. He expressed his gratitude saying, “Wow! You guys arrived just in time. I was getting ready to head to VieuxFort to get some exercise books to aid those students who are in need, so I must say I am indeed grateful.”
Other schools receiving supplies were Piaye Combined, Saltibus Combined, Roblot Combined, Rivere Doree Anglican Primary, Dugard Combined, Reunion Combined, Les Estangs Combined, Soufriere Infant, Soufriere Special Needs, Bouton Combined, Millet Infant, Anse La Raye Infant, Roseau Combined and Canaries Infant as well as the Crisis Centre and religious organisations.
Digicel took a different approach to this year’s Back to School Outreach Programme with the incorporation of a complimentary breakfast initiative. In collaboration with Pinehill, Digicel provided students with a free breakfast for the opening of the new school year in both the north and south of the island. All children attired in school uniform were provided with a nourishing meal to ensure they got the perfect start to their day. Digicel also provided free back to school bus rides to assist parents with transportation fees.
“At Digicel we believe in fostering holistic development of young people and very critical to that developmental process is education. Our Back to School Outreach Programme has, over the years, helped transform families, schools, communities and, of course, the lives of those who directly benefitted. From the scholarships disbursements, to our school feeding initiative, free back to school bus rides, recognition of the island’s Top Common Entrance Achiever right up to our school deliveries, we undoubtedly saw the impact this programme continues to have. The level of gratitude expressed by teachers, parents and students themselves tells of how timely the donations have all been. Principals, especially, continuously lamented the number of students who stayed away from school as a result of not having school supplies. Our hope is that through this transformative education journey we can help students transcend to higher levels in all aspects of their lives,” stated Miss Louise Victor, Marketing and Communications Executive at Digicel.
The general public also took advantage of Digicel’s Back to School commercial offer for 2016, ‘Bring the Beat for Back to School’ with eight lucky customers each benefitting from a $500 cash prize and an additional two hundred winning back packs loaded with school supplies.
Ecstatic kids all across the island!