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January 20, 2014
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Digicel Foundation celebrates 10 years

The Digicel Foundation has announced that it will celebrate its 10th anniversary by highlighting 10 years of life-changing partnerships with extraordinary Jamaicans and organisations and extending even greater support. The announcement was made at the 10th anniversary launch event, held at the Stella Maris Foundation.

Keynote speaker Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, commended the Foundation for its collaborative approach to national development:

"Digicel stands with the people, especially those in need and help. The over US$19 million to date that they have invested in the country, is an indication of Digicel's commitment to community enterprise and income generating activities ... We need socially sensitive entities like Digicel for the social development of Jamaica."

Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has learned that the key to sustainable development is successful partnerships with communities. As such, the Foundation's core mission is to facilitate sustainable national development through three focus areas - education, special needs and community development. Through partnerships, the Foundation has to date directly empowered 446,000 Jamaicans through 400 development projects, with a total investment of J$1.95b.

"The synergies created in our collaborations with thousands of people across Jamaica have motivated us to keep doing more," said Digicel Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Lewis. "Their dedication, commitment and vision certainly provide an impetus for national development in Jamaica."

To celebrate this 10th anniversary milestone, the Digicel Foundation also announced a number of collaborations that will be undertaken in each of the three areas of focus. The special-needs portfolio will continue to work with schools across the island to create centres of excellence for special-needs students, bringing the total number of centres from four to 10.

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