Digicel commits US$500,000 in support of relief efforts

The ravages of Erika on the island's main airport
The ravages of Erika on the island’s main airport

Digicel has announced that it has committed over US$500,000 in support of the relief efforts in Dominica following the devastation that was left behind when Tropical Storm Erika hit the island last week.

A Digicel release said the company has been supporting the relief efforts on the island in partnership with aid agencies as well as directly with those communities most affected. Digicel has delivered US$150,000 in food supplies, blankets, mattresses, stoves and handsets to staff and residents in the worst affected communities and continues to work closely with the Red Cross – donating supplies as well as a boat to provide access to those who are cut off by road.

The team is also assisting various groups with handsets and credit including the Police Head Quarters, Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority, and the Meteorological Office. In addition, Digicel has launched a text to donate line across all 32 markets – from which all funds will be donated directly to Dominica’s relief efforts.

Paul Osborne, Digicel Regional CEO, said: “We are deeply upset and concerned by the devastation left behind in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika and are doing everything we can to support the much-needed relief efforts. In the coming days, my team will be at Roseau Grammar School and Grandbay where they will be serving food and hosting the evacuated families in these locations.”

With the mobile network now 98% operational, Digicel has given away free call credit to customers across the island. On the Digicel Play side, the network has been restored in all of the main areas and Digicel is today announcing that as a result of the disruption, customers will not be charged for their TV service for the month of August, also easing the financial burden at this time.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Touched By An Angel
    September 6, 2015

    Thank you DIGICEL for opening your umbrella on we the victims and Dominica by extension. You are indeed the bigger better network, and always delivering on your promises. You are a powerful sympathetic base, so do no spoil it with any acid or sour stuff. Whenever there is wrong, you correct and you listen attentively to your customers; not looking to dig your fingers into their eyes. You are surely not snobish. In this time of of sadness and ‘relief’, and in the true spirit of benevolence, I would like to see Marpin and yourself allowed free interconnection for at least 51 days. God Bless you.

  2. Big Bannan
    September 6, 2015

    What a great generosity. Leaves me to wonder who ran Cable and Wireless and monopolized us for so many years yet never gave a dime. Thank you Digicel

  3. B VIDAL
    September 5, 2015

    is only now labar will see that we need an itnal airpot.

  4. J
    September 5, 2015

    Thank you Digicel.

  5. leading the way
    September 5, 2015

    big up digicel

  6. Lenpro
    September 5, 2015

    Picture well taken. because someone is sending a very good message here. Mr prime minister. Since we rebuilding, this is the best time to build the international airport. $500,000 us dollars. $1.3 billion EC. Go for it.

    • A concerned citizen
      September 7, 2015

      lol, that conversion rate tho

  7. Lookin on
    September 5, 2015

    Thank you Digicel.. we love you guys.

  8. amindom
    September 5, 2015

    Thank you Digicel. Great work. Making marpin look bad. Thank you

    • WeNiceMan??
      September 5, 2015

      I hope you realize that you are comparing apples and oranges here.

  9. Anoushah Alie
    September 5, 2015

    Thank you Digicel!

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