Digicel donates water tanks to schools
TELECOMS company Digicel yesterday donated plastic water tanks to four schools as it kick-started a drive to assist institutions in some water-starved communities in the Corporate Area, St Thomas and Clarendon.
The donations included the delivery of 650-gallon tanks to Swallowfield Primary and Junior High and Mona Heights Primary schools in St Andrew, as well as to Golden Grove Primary and Junior High and Dalvey Primary School sin St Thomas.
The telecoms company said that the initiative is to assist with mitigating water shortages when classes resume for the new academic year in September.
"We have been very concerned about the drought conditions facing the nation and with back-to-school upon us, we felt that we had to do everything possible to ensure that our youth had this basic need of water met as they start the new school year," said Digicel's Senior Communications Manager Shelly-Ann Harris.
"We wanted to give schools and students one less thing to worry about," she added.
Meanwhile, officials at the schools to which the donations were made yesterday were thankful for the gesture.
"There is difficulty when there is no water to cook for the children and we have been affected by the drought and sometimes we have to beg water and truck water to the school," explained Suzie Ann Baker, bursar at Swallowfield.
"I'm really excited and we appreciate it," she added, noting that the school has just under 1,000 students.
Fabian Mahabeer, principal at Mona Heights, was equally elated.
"Our main challenge is with the bathroom; some days we have to dismiss school early and so we really appreciate this donation to start the school year," said Mahabeer who leads a population of 1,500 students.
Yesterday, Digicel said that it will engage the services of National Water Commission to have the tanks filled in time for the new school year.