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TSTT Book Buddies Investing in Youth

Gabriel Gomez of TSTT's Public Relations department (left) and Gillian Vidale
Gabriel Gomez of TSTT's Public Relations department (left) and Gillian Vidale, Executive Secretary (right) presenting bags filled with books to Sharon Francois (centre) of Rainbow Rescue.

It must be difficult to begin a new school year without books, uniform or the basic equipment to study properly. Children in institutional care often face this. For the last three years, however, TSTT employees have been outfitting children from various children’s homes with all their books and other school supplies to ensure that they start the new school term confident and with what they need to excel.

This is the third year for TSTT’s “Book Buddies” programme. Through Book Buddies TSTT employees purchase all the books and other supplies needed for children from homes. This year thirteen homes benefited in addition to the Chinapoo Village Police Youth Club.

This year’s beneficiary homes included the Jaya Lakshmi Home, Amica House, Joshua House, Couva Children’s Home, Raffa House, St. Dominic’s Children’s Home, Bridge of Hope, Cyril Ross Nursery, Credo House, Sophia House, Rainbow Rescue, The Hope Centre and the Islamic Home for Children. Some 150 children from the different Homes benefitted.

Once employees purchased the books, TSTT corporate purchased book bags and lunch kits. In addition the telecoms giant provided each home with refurbished computers and gave the homes high speed internet access free for one year.
TSTT, especially through its Foundation, has been making increasing use of the people power of its workforce to help achieve its aims of providing assistance to young people. The company has one of the largest employee volunteerism programmes in Trinidad and Tobago.