Digicel Country Manager, John Gidharry, leads a tour of the refurbished home. (IWN photo)

The Catholic-owned and operated Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for Girls in Marriaqua got an EC$150,000 upgrade from telecommunications provider, Digicel over the past month.

The home seeks to provide a safe housing and nurturing environment for abused and socially-displaced teenaged girls.

The upgraded facility was unveiled on Tuesday in a ceremony in which board member Miriam Sheridan, a physician, thanked Digicel “from the bottom of our hearts for stepping in just at the right moment”.

Miriam Sheridan, left, Gidharry and other Digicel staff at Tuesday's unveiling. (INW photo)
Miriam Sheridan, left, Gidharry and other Digicel staff at Tuesday’s unveiling. (INW photo)

Digicel has made other contributions to the home in the past and Gidharry said the latest intervention came after his company received a request for urgent assistance from Sister Clare Harris in April.

The upgrades include the replacement of broken windows and doors, the installation of burglar bars and barbed wire atop the perimeter walls.

The dormitories have been refurbished to allow for more privacy of each resident, who has her own bed, a new mattress and closet space.

Former MP for Marriaqua, Girlyn Miguel, left, MP for Marriaqua, Jimmy Prince, centre, and Minister of National Mobilisation, Frederick Stephenson, and Digicel staff members at the event. (IWN photo)
Former MP for Marriaqua, Girlyn Miguel, left, MP for Marriaqua, Jimmy Prince, centre, and Minister of National Mobilisation, Frederick Stephenson, and Digicel staff members at the event. (IWN photo)

The residents will have improved recreation as the home now has a 50-inch flat screen television.

Digicel has also upgraded the administrative area, including installing a new air-conditioning unit and has also provided cellphones for the housemothers.

The company has paid up all the utility bills at the charitable home and will contribute EC$1,000 monthly to the operation of the facility. Further, Digicel has donated EC$10,000 to help to pay utilities going forward.

One reply on “Guadalupe Home for Girls gets $150,000 upgrade from Digicel”

  1. Digicel this has one of the most needed and worthwhile contributions that this company has made. The Home has been in need of assistance for some time now, The Sisters have been doing sterling work with very limited means, so this refurbishment plus the contributions to operating expenses is welcome news. We have so many troubled young people in SVG that we really need more facilities like this one. keep up the good work and may this alliance with the Guadalupe Home be truly blessed

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