Digicel’s Caring Connections helps the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association job placement project

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Digicel’s Caring Connections helps the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association job placement project

CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA: Digicel continues to assist the special needs community by presenting the fourth $10,000 Caring Connections cash grant to the St Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA).

Bringing to life their job placement project, the SLBWA will allow for training and on the job working experience to develop the confidence and skills of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Digicel is aware that people experience blindness and vision impairment in different ways. Some people are born with no or significantly reduced vision, while others lose vision due to accident or disease.  There are many people with a vision impairment that impacts on their daily functioning but cannot be corrected by glasses and is not severe enough to be considered legally blind.

The St Lucia Blind Welfare Association a non-governmental organisation, was mandated by the Parliament of St Lucia to coordinate the education, rehabilitation, eye health and general welfare of the blind and visually impaired.

Established in 1972 with help from the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB) the SLBWA has realised that blind and visually impaired persons are at the marginal end of the employment spectrum.  Focused with the goal to fulfill the right to livelihood for all, Digicel’s Caring Connections supported the SLBWA’s job placement programme as it will provide self reliance, worth, independence and achievement for blind or vision impaired individuals.

The SLBWA’s job placement project objectives include, placing at least 10 blind and visually impaired persons in working situations for 3 months. This will enable them to acquire on the job training and skills for future development and permanent job placement.

The programme is also designed to gain support from the commercial sector and other entities to employ blind and visually impaired individuals as their capabilities are just as good or even better that a visually able individual.

As commented by Digicel’s Marketing Manager Kerchelle Jn Charles, “Digicel is excited about the positive outcome from this unique initiative”.

“Awareness, sensitization and inclusion in the work force, will be more prevalent as a result of this programme developed by the SLBWA. Digicel is confident that it will serve as a stepping stone to the integration of more visually impaired persons to the work force”.

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