Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation
Enabling Progress and Building More Resilient Communities
We launched the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation in 2017 as part of our commitment to doing business in a responsible and sustainable way. Today, it's a powerful platform, helping to enable progress and build more resilient communities across our region. Since its launch, the Foundation has donated millions of dollars to help local, regional and international agencies deliver relief and recovery projects across the Caribbean and Latin America.
This year, the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation (CWCF) participated in the 19th edition of Safer Internet Day (SID), a global campaign that raises internet safety awareness. The theme, “Together for a better internet,” aims to make the internet a safer and better place for all, with an increased focus on children and young people. In partnership with Fundación VTR, we have published an Internet Safety Guide For Parents. This free resource raises awareness of the trends and risks associated with internet usage and supports parents and guardians through critical conversations to protect children in the digital world.
CWCF launched its Access for Success initiative in 12 markets in the Caribbean and Latin America. The program is focused on closing the gap between the connected and unconnected through the provision of data enabled devices, internet connectivity in schools and community spaces, and digital learning accessible to students, parents and teachers. The initial phase of the project included distribution of over 1,500 devices and internet connectivity in 10 schools.
The Flow Foundation was established in 2004 as the philanthropic arm of Flow Jamaica. The Foundation has a rich legacy of connecting communities and transforming lives and, has made an indelible mark across the country. Since being established 16 years ago, the Foundation has executed hundreds of projects with many more in progress. It has made multi-million-dollar investments and positively impacted the lives of thousands of Jamaicans across scores of communities, island-wide.
From 2004 - 2019, the various projects spanned three main areas – 1) Bridging the Technology Divide; 2) Education, Youth and Community; and 3) Environmental Responsibility. Since 2020, the Foundation has been focused on a new National Development Programme to drive digital inclusion across Jamaica. The programme is also focused on supporting Jamaica’s recovery and rebuilding efforts with an emphasis on digital education and supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) - helping everyday Jamaicans and budding entrepreneurs transition to the digital space.
The digital education component is focused on digital literacy, increasing school and community connectivity and providing certified online training for professionals. While the second component, supporting MSMEs, is focused on a JumpStart programme for entrepreneurs; support for micro entrepreneurs and the small cottage industry at the community level and supporting a virtual entrepreneurship expo.
Hurricane Dorian, one the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, hit The Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane and caused significant devastation. The storm left hundreds homeless and without basic supplies of food, water and shelter.
Together with our partners, we rapidly responded by donating $485,000 to deliver critical supplies such as generators, water and care packages to organizations and individuals affected by the hurricane. We partnered with World Central Kitchen to provide hot meals to thousands through a $25,000 grant. And we are supporting youth education with a $100,000 grant to One on One Education Limited, which is providing virtual learning access to more than 1,500 students that were displaced by the hurricane.
To learn more about our work, please read our 2019 year-end newsletter here.