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Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation Celebrates 5 Years of Commitment To The Region

$3.5 million donated to provide digital access and support relief and recovery efforts across the Caribbean.

Inge Smidts, Chair of the CWCF Board.

The Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation (CWCF) is celebrating five years of partnership with local, regional, and international agencies and a total of $3.5 million in donations providing digital access and supporting relief and recovery initiatives throughout the Caribbean, with the release of its 2022 Annual Report.

Commenting on the milestone, Inge Smidts, Chair of the CWCF Board, remarked that: “The Foundation was established out of a response to natural disasters in 2017 and has since evolved from reacting to natural disasters, like Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Dorian, into a philanthropic organization that’s proactively expanding access, providing connectivity, and enhancing education for people we serve across the region.”

"I am also especially grateful that in 2022 we began to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic and to connect with each other again face-to-face. Connectivity is at the core of what we do as a business and as a philanthropic organization, and I am thrilled that we were able to work so closely together this year to connect across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Smidts pointed out that In 2022, Cable and Wireless celebrated the five-year anniversary of the establishment of the CWCF, and in doing so, took tremendous pride in its evolution from a foundation focused primarily on reacting to natural disasters to one that is committed to proactively expanding access, providing connectivity, and offering education opportunities for the people we serve.

"After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, this year we brought back our popular Spring Golf Classic, raising $450,000 to fund important grants for digital devices, online access, and learning tools for schools and community organizations across the region.

"This past October in Jamaica we successfully launched JUMP, providing digital access to 1,500 low-income families who have never been connected. JUMP is a bold new program aimed at bridging the digital divide by providing high-speed connectivity, devices, and digital training as we deliver on our commitment to drive greater broadband adoption across the region, and we have great plans to expand it in 2023," she said, pointing out that the partnership with the region is one that the company will cherish for the years to come.

"As we look forward to this, and to the next five years of the CWCF, it is with a big heart, deep humility, and tremendous pride that I thank you for your continued commitment, and for allowing me to do this together with you to help our communities across the Caribbean and Latin America," she said.


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