In the days following the Aug. 14 earthquake, hundreds of people reached out to Digicel staff members asking how the telecommunications company planned to assist. Some suggested that Digicel collect goods, but company officials decided to wire donations to local organizations instead.
The decision led to Digicel launching a donation site to collect funds for non-profit partners groups Fokal, Hope for Haiti, and Health Equity International/St. Boniface Hospital, known as HEI/SBH. Digicel also pledged to match every donation up to $10,000, said Marteen Boute, Digicel Haiti’s chief executive officer.
“I have this thing [where] if I’m donating $100 and I know someone is going to match it, I might even be tempted to give more,” Boute said. “We also want to send a message to the rest of the world: If you want to support Haiti, help the organizations that are already there.”
Prior to launching the site, donations.digicelinternational.com, on Aug. 25, Digicel donated $50,000 to St. Boniface, based in the Southern Department. Digicel’s leaders believe giving money to local organizations will better help Haiti long-term, a lesson the company learned after seeing 2010 earthquake support efforts not bear much fruit.
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