Digicel donates $8M in masks, face shields for CSEC students


Digicel Guyana is once again honouring their corporate social responsibility with a generous donation of 13,000 reusable face masks and 2,500 face shields to the Ministry of Education. These will be used by the close to 15,000 students and invigilators across the 10 regions during the CSEC exams commencing July 13th.

Digicel Guyana’s Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Dean said: “We know it is a challenging time for all, so we thought it best to reach out to provide whatever support we could to the Ministry. We are happy that the Ministry responded favourably to our interest in partnering with them and we hope that this donation will provide some level of comfort to the students and invigilators”.

Ms. Viola Rowe who is performing duties for the Chief Education Officer Ag., who is on annualised leave, noted: “This donation will certainly go a far way in helping to protect our children and our future.” She indicated that protective gears will be disbursed to several locations across the Guyana starting today, with efforts being concentrated on regions that are more vulnerable and have limited resources at this time. These will be distributed to the Regional Education Offices then to the individual schools. Ms. Rowe expressed her thanks on behalf of the Ministry of Education, to Digicel for their continued interest in the advancement of education, and in this instance, for the timely contribution towards the health and wellbeing of our CSEC students in a COVID-19 environment.

Digicel remains committed to supporting youths and communities in Guyana and across the region and more so in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these efforts by the company so far include; donation of PPE gears to frontline workers, Free data for health care professionals and teachers, donation of food items to children’s homes and orphanages and zero-rated calls to the Ministry of Public Health’s hotlines. Access to the Ministry of Education, PAHO, WHO and the Ministry of Public Health websites also remains free. Digicel encourages customers to stay safe, remain indoors and wear a face mask when outdoors to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and to only use information from trusted sites like PAHO, WHO, and local Government websites. (Digicel Guyana Press Release)


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