TORONTO – BARRICK GOLD has pledged US$1.3 million over five years to WORLD VISION CANADA to develop nutrition, education and employment skills programs that will benefit people in communities of the Alto Chicama District of northern Peru, surrounding Barricks Lagunas Norte mine.
This is the first project since a special memorandum of understanding, signed on Jan. 12, 2007, formalized a partnership between the two organizations for developing future corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, projects and activities for communities near Barrick sites around the world.
The Lagunas Norte mine is located 140 km east of the coastal city of Trujillo, in rugged terrain in the Peruvian Andes. During construction, the Lagunas Norte mine created employment for approximately 4,000 Peruvian workers and now employs 1,500 workers and contractors. The mine began operating in June 2005 (see CMJ of the same month).
The ongoing partnership and the Lagunas Norte World Vision-Barrick project build on the success of a previous program implemented with World Vision in the area around Barricks Pierina mine, just 175 km from Lagunas Norte. The Pierina program was among the first major corporate community development partnerships in the region. Barrick contributed US$1.0 million over five years to support community initiatives in health, education, economic development, justice and HIV and AIDS prevention. World Visions area development team works closely with the community to implement child sponsorship and set priorities for improving education, health care and nutrition, providing drinking water, and developing micro-enterprises that benefit the well-being of whole communities.
Additional information is available at www.Barrick.com and www.WorldVision.ca.