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bmobile and United Way invest in Education

TSTT's Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, United Way's Linda Ramsumir (center) and Brian Lara share in the children's excitement as they peruse the new additions to the school's library.

Telecom giant, bmobile, and non-governmental organisation, United Way Trinidad and Tobago brought Christmas cheer to the students of Fifth Company (St. Gregory’s) Anglican Primary School as they donated hundreds of brand-new books to the school’s library.

This progressive gesture was accomplished through both institutions in an effort to increase literacy throughout rural areas of Trinidad and Tobago. bmobile also made their visit to the quiet community an extra special one as Brand Ambassadors, Brian Lara, and Keshorn Walcott, were on hand to spend time with the students.

“We are thankful to be here to upgrade your library with lots of new reading material for your betterment,” stated TSTT’s Manager Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs, Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, to the attentive bunch. “Reading and literacy is key to your future success. Having partnered with United Way, we at TSTT are intent on strengthening communities through education. This is one of the key focus areas of our bmobile Foundation.”

Over the past decade, employees of TSTT – via their Book Buddies Programme – have been selflessly donating textbooks and other school supplies to multiple Children’s Homes throughout the twin-island Republic. United Way, now in its third year working within this particular community, expressed great pleasure when bmobile opted to come on board extend their support of this worthy cause.

Linda Ramsumir, United Way’s Community Resource Manager, reiterated the importance of bolstering the intellectual capabilities of children in rural communities. Through their five-year plan, United Way has also introduced an out-of-school music programme where kids from the community can learn to play several instruments.    

“United Way has been working assiduously in Fifth Company over the past three years and our goal is to help build their literacy initiatives. We’re focussed on building their reading and writing skills and are grateful that bmobile came along as one of the partners to support the initiative. We’re trying to enhance their library space and provide teaching support for the teachers and remedial literacy. We’re also doing an out-of-school music programme which entails drumming and steelpan. We have been investing in the youth of this community.”

The telecommunications leader also provided a Christmas treat for students, in addition to the day of fun and games; the youngsters had the opportunity to chat  world-record holder, Brian Lara  and T&T’s double-Olympic medallist, Keshorn Walcott.

Lara expressed “I’m happy to be a part of this initiative because it’s one of the neediest communities throughout T&T and a lot of the times people tend to focus on more urban areas,” he said. “United Way and bmobile have done their research and understand the dynamic of the village. Their works here show that both organisations have been positively interacting with the community.  They are building a culture of philanthropy through T&T, the spirit of volunteerism and pouring back into the schools and communities.”

Curtis Matthew, principal of Fifth Company Anglican, was delighted for such intervention and admitted that the advancement of literacy was crucial to the success of the community. “The library is evolving due to the works of United Way, bmobile and other partners and interest in reading is being fuelled by these exemplary organisations. This initiative is having such a positive impact on the youths because they are taking home the knowledge and spreading it throughout the community. It’s going a long way,” he added.

bmobile and United Way have given their commitment towards further establishing the school’s library space .