And key to this rollout are its contractors, who have braved harsh conditions to deliver these valuable community assets.
Thirty community-based contractors representing 12 organisations completed Digicel PNG Foundation’s Contractor Training Programme yesterday.
The workshop is an initiative of the Foundation aimed at informing contractors about the Foundation’s processes and service-level agreements, strengthen relationships with contractors and suppliers and ensure quality expectations and specifications are upheld.
Senior Project Manager, Andrew William, said invites are given to existing and new community builders every year to participate in such meetings so that achievements, challenges and improvements can be discussed.
“Our expectations are really high. The beneficiaries of these infrastructures are children and vulnerable communities so we’d like to keep our quality at a high standard,” William said.
Director of Nabs Community Builders, Larry Opa, said his building company has been involved with Digicel Foundation for over seven years and plans to continue the engagement with the Foundation in the roll out of these much-needed community projects.
“I find a lot of satisfaction in working with Digicel Foundation because when we are working with other people, we are benefiting their own needs but with Digicel Foundation, it allows us to contribute to the development of the country and community for the future generation.”
Digicel Foundation CEO, Serena Sasingian, emphasized on the importance of building relations with these contractors and upskilling them as they are the ones who are on the ground doing the construction.
“When we say ‘together we create a world where no one is left behind’, we really mean together. So I would like to take this time to thank all our contracting partners who travel into the rural areas with our project managers to deliver these projects, filling the gaps in the space of service delivery,” Sasingian said.
“Engagement of local community building companies is also our way of empowering local businesses without compromising quality.”
Digicel PNG Foundation has delivered up to 500 projects all across the country, having invested over K85 million back into the communities. Since its inception in 2018, Digicel Foundation has left a footprint in all 21 provinces, all 89 districts and 70 percent of the 326 LLGs of Papua New Guinea.