Digicel Foundation Opened its 174th School in Haiti

Digicel Foundation Haiti opened its 174th school in February 2018. The completion of the PJ Mara de Jolivert National School moved the Foundation one step closer to achieving its goal. In 2014 following the inauguration of its 150th school, the Foundation committed to completing the construction of an additional 25 schools.

A special project of the Foundation, the PJ Mara de Jolivert National School was dedicated to the memory of Patrick James Mara, a member of Digicel Group’s Board of Directors, who passed away in 2016. Serving the community of Jolivert, the school was updated to include new earthquake-resistant and hurricane-resistant construction. With its 11 classrooms, the school can accommodate more than 400 students. Additional facilities updated included an administrative building, library, computer lab and kitchen, among others.

Young students in Haiti

“Education provided in a safe, friendly and conducive learning environment is the bridge to a brighter future for Haiti’s children and we are so happy to be doing what we can to help these children realize their enormous potential,” Denis O’Brien, Chairman and founder of Digicel Group and Patron of the Digicel Haiti Foundation, shared at the opening celebration of the school. Dedicated to the memory of Patrick James Mara, O’Brien shared colleague PJ Mara was a great friend and had a particular fondness for and affinity to Haiti and its people.

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