November 22, 2021
BTC, through the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation (CWCF) made a significant donation of tablets to the Ministry of Education that will benefit students from five schools in Abaco. This was a part of BTC’s week long Mission Week of community activities.
On hand for the donation were Senior Family Island Administrator Donald Rolle, District Superintendent of Education Mrs. Dominique Russell-McCartney, school principals, and the BTC team.
BTC CEO, Andre Foster was also in Abaco for the donation and said, “We believe that no child should be left behind, we are pleased to team up with the Ministry of Education to donate 150 tablets to students currently unable to use the virtual learning platform because they did not have access to a device.”
The Ministry organized a drive-through collection for the tablets at Central Abaco Primary School, to enable parents and students to collect the tablets. The CWCF donated 150 tablets for preschoolers, primary and high school students at Central Abaco Primary School, Cooper’s Town Primary, Fox Town Primary, Guana Cay Primary and Patrick J. Bethel High School.
District Superintendent of Education for Abaco, Dominique Russell-McCartney proudly thanked BTC for the donation. Mrs. Russell-McCartney noted, “BTC is a strategic partner for Education, so we’re excited about this donation. Before Hurricane Dorian, we had 3,400 children on the island, we are now at 2,500, so a lot of families are moving home and the need for devices is so critical. This donation helps us to support our parents because it means that more children have access to the virtual education platform. We look forward to the continued partnership with BTC.”
BTC also teamed up with Long Bay School and Friends of the Environment in Abaco to clean up the grounds of the Murphy Town Community Center and to plant trees. The community center was destroyed following Hurricane Dorian; however, the grounds are still being used by many children and families. Speaking about this week’s volunteer activities, Foster stated, “Every year our employees rally around Mission Week as we believe that it is so important for us to give back to our communities, whether it’s by planting a tree, serving a hot meal, teaching a class or helping to restore a home, this is the true ethos of our company.”
Mr. Gilbert Davis, Chairman of the Murphy Town Local Government Township thanked BTC. He said, “This was a really great initiative by BTC and we are thankful for this partnership. When the members of the community passed by and saw us working, they were encouraged and they are optimistic that this is a new beginning, bringing the community center back to life.”
BTC kicked off its Mission Week on Monday, November 15th. All week, the company gave back to the community through its CSR pillars, Learning, Environment, Access and Disaster Relief. The company teamed up with the Bahamas National Trust to take students from Inagua, Long Island and New Providence on a virtual tour of several national parks and pine forests and also taught them about the importance of taking care of the environment. The company also teamed up with communities in Exuma and Grand Bahama for cleanups and tree planting and employees also delivered care packages to senior citizens. Mission Week is a company-wide initiative where employees in Latin America and the Caribbean contribute their time, energy and knowledge to positively impact the communities it serves.