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Digicel wins award for education work in Haiti

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Telecommunications provider Digicel was last night named a winner at the 2012/13 Corporate Citizens of the Americas (CCA) awards at a gala in Washington DC.

The CCA award is an initiative of The Trust for the Americas, with support from the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank and AES Corporation.

Digicel was named winner in the ‘Vulnerable Communities’ category for its Digicel Foundation education programme in Haiti, the telecoms company said in a release.

It added that the Haiti programme is on track to build 150 schools by 2014 and deliver training to more than 600 teachers, each of whom received more than 450 hours of training, mentorship and professional development.

Other winners were IBM Latin America for its ‘Corporate Service Corps’ programme in the economic opportunities category, and CEMEX for its ‘Comprehensive Assisted Auto Construction’ programme in the citizen security category.

The Trust for the Americas is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the OAS. It was established in 1997 to promote public and private sector participation in social and economic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, Digicel said.

Its initiatives, implemented through local partner organisations, seek to improve access to economic opportunities for vulnerable communities in the hemisphere. To this end, The Trust also promotes social inclusion and good governance.

Commenting on Digicel Foundation’s work in Haiti, Digicel chairman and founder, Denis O’Brien, said:

“We are deeply committed to helping the people of Haiti to build a brighter future for themselves. Our education programme in Haiti sees between 80,000 and 90,000 children being given the opportunity to receive a much-needed education and teachers receiving proper training and support. We would like to thank the Trust of the Americas and its partner organisations for this kind recognition of our efforts.”