The Digicel Foundation recently opened its 150th school in Haiti

The Digicel Foundation recently opened its 150th school in Haiti Loads of sunshine and beautiful colors, a pleasant accompaniment to the smiles of the children of the newly opened school, Ecole Nationale de Grande Savane, in Haiti. The smiles were made possible by the Digicel Foundation, which has opened 150 schools in the country since the beginning of their construction plan in 2007, putting such smiles on scores of faces. At the opening of the school, chairman of the Digicel company and its patron, Denis O'Brien, spoke about the 50,000 children who have been enrolled in the 150 schools under the safety of learning-conducive facilities and hurricane and earthquake safety. Apart from the numbers being supplied with an education through the $30 million USD scheme, there was the employment of over 10,000 people for the construction of the buildings within the project.


With the success so vast, O'Brien stated that the project would aid the future by the investment into education today. As such, the foundation is continuing the project with a new segment over the next 2 years to benefit 20,000 more children both directly and indirectly. The new construction program will build more schools, but the project will also reinvest in the schools already functioning to aid some 500 teachers by providing them with further teacher training.

This jump start on Haiti's future, through the investment in the education of its children, was done in partnership of the Digicel Foundation and the Ministry of Education. The schools, with their disaster prevention standards, requisite library and computer labs, plus updated sanitary facilities, classrooms, administrative wings and play areas, are a giant step up from the structures before them.

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