Monday 30 November, 2020

Digicel Foundation helps create new reading room in Beausejour

Alicia Hospedales, Digicel Foundation Strategic Partnership Officer (2nd from left) reviews one of the books at the newly opened Reading Room. Also sharing in the moment are Raisa Belcon, Secretary of the Beausejour Community Council (from left) Susan Hong, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and Elizabeth Belcon, President of the Beausejour Community Council.

Alicia Hospedales, Digicel Foundation Strategic Partnership Officer (2nd from left) reviews one of the books at the newly opened Reading Room. Also sharing in the moment are Raisa Belcon, Secretary of the Beausejour Community Council (from left) Susan Hong, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and Elizabeth Belcon, President of the Beausejour Community Council.

Children from the Beausejour community in Blue Basin were all smiles at the launch of the new Reading Room.

In a release, the Digicel Foundation said it partnered with the Beausejour Community Council through its Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) Programme to create “The Reading Room”, which was launched on September 7.

The new room is described by the Digicel foundation as “a unique experience for children where they can sit comfortably and enjoy the clean, mobile-free zone in a relaxing environment”. This initiative is an extension of the Community’s homework centre. 

The purpose of “The Reading Room” is to boost reading and literacy attainment of the children within the community.

In delivering her remarks at the opening of “The Reading Room”, Elizabeth Belcon, President of the Beausejour Community Council stated that she cried upon hearing that the Council’s application for the project was approved, as it seemed that “Beausejour always seemed to be a forgotten community”. Ms Belcon thanked the Digicel Foundation for making their dream come true.

The Beausejour Community Council applied to the Digicel Foundation Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) Programme for a grant to build the specialised room. The project cost US$4,889, to cover the cost of purchasing books, bookshelves, furniture, an air condition unit, lighting fixtures and the installation of windows.

The Digicel Foundation said it remains open to partnerships with groups such as the Beausejour Community Council that seeks to provide a loving and caring environment for children to learn to read and succeed academically.

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