The St Vincent de Paul home for senior citizens received a TT$30,000 EPIC grant from the Digicel Trinidad and Tobago Foundation to fund the installation of a hydroponics system. The grant was won by the applicant and reigning Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Jeanine Brandt. Together, Ms Brandt, her Brandt Beauty Foundation, and the Digicel Trinidad and Tobago Foundation partnered to initiate the hydroponics project.
The installation of the hydroponics system will allow for food sustainability at the senior home as the crops will yield enough produce to feed residents. Ms Brandt remarked on how the project will support St Vincent de Paul, “This hydroponic system is self-sufficient, low maintenance and efficient, with the seedlings harvesting crops within 2 to 5 weeks after being planted. With the generous sponsorship of the Digicel Foundation, we can create food sustainability at the Home and reap enough produce to feed over 100 persons.”
The Digicel Foundation’s EPIC grant programme has brought aid to communities in need and has funded varying projects. Through EPIC, the foundation has invested over TT$3.4 million in partnerships and 103 EPIC initiatives have been implemented, impacting more than 48,000 people throughout Trinidad and Tobago.