Our Projects support a high level of local employment, support local enterprise and have a skills based training program designed around transferable skills and qualifications.
Cash donations and in-kind support continued to be provided by Perseus Mining across its operations. Edikan provided USD $21,000 worth of materials and services including the re-shaping of community roads, borehole mechanization and the provision of cement to the Dunkwa Branch of the Ghana Fire Service. An additional USD $96,537 in donations was provided to the local community to support initiatives relating to sport, health, education, cultural celebrations and agriculture.
Perseus again contributed USD $25,000 per month to the Edikan Trust Fund, which was established by Perseus to support the local communities. Some of the major projects funded during the year include:
- Gyaman – construction of a health centre;
- Abenabena – construction of a community centre;
- Ayanfuri – construction of a kitchen at Ayanfuri Senior High School and the provision of dining room furniture;
- Ayanfuri – construction of a six-unit classroom block;
- Nkonya – construction of a community centre;
- Fobinso – water expansion project;
- Catchment communities – scholarships for 96 students to attend high school or tertiary institutions; and
- Exploration communities – supply of building materials
The Community Development Fund was implemented at Sissingué during the year, with 0.5% of revenue from the Sissingué Gold Mine being allocated to this Fund. Four payments were made into the Community Development Fund this year, totalling just under USD $511,000.
This money has been used to support 13 different community development projects across the Sissingué Gold Mine’s local communities:
- Sissingué – construction of a medical clinic;
- Ziekoundougou, Zanikan, M’Basso, Tialaka and Papara – the construction of school classrooms;
- Doubasso (actual) and Gbeni (planning phase) – the construction of a dispensary and nurse’s accommodation;
- Basso – construction of a community centre;
- Tengrela – extending high voltage electricity infrastructure to parts of the town;
- Tiongoli – construction of a water tower;
- Kanakono (planning phase) – the construction of a medical laboratory; and
- 12 impacted villages – youth training program in welding.
Cash and in-kind support of over USD $16,000 was donated to the local communities at Yaouré, for activities including the grading of public roads and cultural and festive celebrations. Once Yaouré becomes operational, it will also contribute 0.5% of its revenue to a Community Development Fund.
Edikan community projects included:
- Gyaman Health Centre
- Donation to Exploration communities and Scholarship beneficiaries from Nkonya community
- School quiz competition
- Cleanup exercise
- International Women’s Day
- Donation of mosquito nets to Pentecost Health Centre
- Friendly football games were organized for catchment communities to promote healthy living and strengthen relationships
Perseus engages with community leaders, local and district governments and community members to understand issues and respond to them promptly. A formal grievance management process allows our stakeholders across all of our operations to raise and resolve matters in a timely manner.
Community consultation committees are supported by Perseus to assist in the interaction between Perseus and its host communities.