Digicel Foundation CEO Beatrice Mahuru said she was very grateful for the donation and thanked WeCARe for the kind gesture that will benefit the children in rural parts of the country.
“Education is the single greatest opportunity we can give a child and it is from this standpoint that we invest a lot to bridge the education gaps, especially in the most rural, remote communities where the majority of our population reside,” said Mahuru.
“We have built 488 classrooms and where schools have shown community ownership and good governance, we have returned 3 years later to reward them with libraries. These libraries need to be filled with books and I am so grateful for WeCARe! Foundation for sharing the books which were donated to them.”
WeCARe! Foundation manager, Josephine Dromenge, said on behalf of the founder, Fr. John Glynn, WeCARe! was happy to be part of the efforts to change the literacy levels of Papua New Guinean children, especially those in the rural areas.
She described Digicel Foundation to be their largest funding partner and it was fitting for WeCARe! Foundation to give back in a small but significant way.
Digicel PNG Foundation and WeCARe! have enjoyed an eight-year-long partnership, with an annual funding budget of K210,000 each year to strengthen their programs with the truly vulnerable of our communities – Women and Children at Risk.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K65 million in PNG’s rural, remote and socially marginalised communities across all 22 provinces, directly impacting over 500,000 people.
(WeCARe! Foundation manager, Josephine Dromenge, centre, presenting children’s library books to Digicel PNG Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru, right, in the presence of chief operations officer Rita Abe.)