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Digicel Jamaica Foundation walked away with the coveted Social Contribution Award at this year’s World Communication Awards that was hosted virtually.
Having to switch to a virtual format this year, the ceremony was broadcast live during which the winners for each category were announced.
In addition to having the winning entry, Digicel was also shortlisted in the same category for its Digicel PNG Foundation’s Men of Honour campaign, which tackles the serious issue of gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea.
Other operators shortlisted for the Social Contribution Award included Altice Portugal, PCCW Global, SK Telecom and Viettel Group.
Another shortlisting came from Digicel’s submission in the Best Operator in an Emerging Market category, for Digicel Haiti. The company had previously won this award in 2019, for its work in Papua New Guinea.
Digicel Group CEO, Oliver Coughlan stated, “Giving back is an important part of who we are as a company. We like to say that it’s part of the Digicel DNA. So getting two of our Foundation projects shortlisted for the World Communication Awards’ Social Contribution category, and then winning for our work with Special Needs in Jamaica is a testament to the caring and hardworking teams we have across the Group. It doesn’t matter where you work in Digicel, once you are part of the family, you’re working to create a world where no one gets left behind.”
Digicel Jamaica Foundation is the first, and only, Jamaican corporate foundation to focus on Special Needs, and has worked assiduously to combat the huge challenges faced by this population, ranging from financial, to discriminatory to abuse. The Foundation is led by Chief Executive Officer, Charmaine Daniels.
Globally, persons with disabilities are disproportionately represented among the poorest, unemployed, low-waged, those with low health status and lower levels of educational achievement, and the same holds true in Jamaica.