Past, Present & Future
Ruchi Kaushal and Noelle Smikle talk about the great work the Foundation has done since its launch in 2017
Recently, Ruchi Kaushal, General Counsel C&W Communications and Noelle Smikle, Director of CWCF talked with Sustainable Business Magazine about the great work the Foundation has done since its launch in 2017, and how it has helped local, regional, and international agencies deliver relief and recovery projects in our Caribbean and Latin American markets. Check out the summary below (or read the entire interview here) and all the great work the CWCF did in 2020 thanks to support from our partners, customers, and you in its 2020 Annual Report (in English and in Spanish).
Originally created to support disaster recovery and rebuilding brought about by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the constant threat of seasonal hurricanes in our Caribbean and Latin American markets, the CWCF launched in 2017 with funding from C&W Communications. Today, the Foundation runs on funds raised from partners, customers, and employees and then provides these funds to local, regional, and international agencies to execute relief and recovery projects.
The CWCF supports our four corporate responsibility pillars of Learning, Environment, Access, and Disaster Relief in a variety of ways. Here are just a few examples.
- Learning: Through donations to programs like One-on-One Educational Services, we enable free online education to students across the Caribbean.
- Environment: Partnerships like the one with Walkers Institute for Regenerative Research Education and Design (WIRRED) help support a range of ecosystem services, including planting trees and creating campaigns to raise awareness around conservation.
- Access: A donation to the Flow Foundation in Jamaica supported the launch of a new program to drive digital inclusion across the country with efforts focused on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). And funds provided to United Way of Trinidad and Tobago help residents in flood-prone regions prepare and rebuild.
- Disaster Relief: Through grants, we have provided supplies, food, and essential items to communities hit by hurricanes and other disasters. One important partnership is with the World Central Kitchen, which provides, prepares, and distributes meals to those affected by disasters in our communities.
Currently, the CWCF is working on a pilot program through the Flow Foundation in Jamaica to raise awareness about the long-term impacts of digital disparity. If successful, the program will be used as a framework for our Caribbean and Latin American markets.
Find the entire interview with Ruchi and Noelle here (pages 14-17 in the April 2021 issue of Sustainable Business Magazine)
General Counsel C&W Communications
Director of CWCF
Cable & Wireless Foundation 2020 Annual Report
The CWCF also recently published its 2020 Annual Report (in English and in Spanish), thanking partners, customers, and employees for their continued support despite the challenges faced by everyone last year. These funds helped the CWCF continue its efforts, including:
- Supplying free access to the Flow Study platform through our partnership with One-on-One Educational Services.
- Partnering with the World Central Kitchen following Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
- Driving digital literacy across Jamaica through a partnership with the Mona School of Business and Management’s Caribbean School of Data at the University of the West Indies.
- Supporting training for adults to help build professional skills or become entrepreneurs.
- Continuing to partner with the Cable & Wireless Panama Foundation to supply connectivity for virtual education programs, support environmental efforts, offer STEM webinars to school children, and provide aid to those affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
- Offering grants to support multiple connectivity initiatives in Curacao for community and youth centers.
- Providing ongoing support to rebuild The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
“We will continue to invest in our communities by identifying critical needs and utilizing our resources and expertise to minimize impact,” said Inge Smidts, CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications. “There is still so much work to be done, but I am confident in our ability to make a difference, together.”
Our work has purpose, and what we do makes a difference.