Sunday 18 November, 2018

Sapphire Miriam Foundation gets financial boost

“This has been a dream come true for me.” 

These were the words said by Ms. Simone Claxton as the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) programme continues to be a positive force in the lives of those in need. 

EPIC is a US$5,000 grant which encourages private-public sector partnership to transform indoor and outdoor community spaces.

In expressing her heartfelt gratitude to the Foundation, Ms. Claxton, founder of the Sapphire Miriam Foundation continued, “I asked for funding and got so much more, instead I got understanding, support and a real partnership with a corporate entity such as the Digicel Foundation.”

The Sapphire Miriam Foundation was founded in 2012 and caters for underprivileged single mothers and children living in South Trinidad. Its main objective is to break the cycle of poverty and abuse among these individuals.  

Ms. Claxton applied for an EPIC grant to develop a Learning Resource Centre in Tulsa Trace, Penal, which is fully equipped to accommodate 40 to 50 people and caters for children from as young as two years old. The Digicel Foundation EPIC funding was used to purchase desks, chairs, multimedia equipment, manipulatives that assists the student through touch and movement, books, board games, and other educational tools.

The aim of the community initiative is to have children in the area use the facility after school to complete their homework assignments;  other uses of the space will include rentals for meetings, toddler care, literacy classes, and computer classes for both children and adults alike. 

The Sapphire Miriam Foundation is among 20 EPIC grantees who received funding for their respective communities from the Digicel Foundation for the financial year.