Paladin has continued to fulfil its Social Development responsibilities in Malawi under the terms of the Kayelekera Development Agreement and Environmental Impact Assessment social impact programmes. Following the placement of KM on care and maintenance, Paladin maintained its community relations presence in Karonga and continued its corporate social responsibility programmes during the reporting period, albeit at a reduced level of expenditure consistent with the non-producing status of KM.
Paladin has continued its ongoing community programmes focused primarily on health and education. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes and projects undertaken and funded by the Paladin staff charity, Friends and Employees for African Children (FEPAC), the Company social development footprint extends throughout the Karonga District, so ensuring that villages other than those in the immediate vicinity of KM benefit from its programmes. A summary of the social responsibility activities undertaken during the reporting period is presented below.
THE GARNET HALLIDAY KARONGA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT
- Provided support and assistance to the Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) for the ongoing maintenance of the Karonga Water Treatment Plant.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION INITIATIVES
- Delivered HIV/AIDS community awareness programmes via the continued distribution of related story books.
- Previous publication of an additional three books as part of the “education-through-storybooks” programme, with the collection now comprising 36 titles covering a variety of community-focused subjects. The books have been printed in English and translated into two local languages. A significant number of books were distributed at the mine site and through the community and government agencies.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE
- Provided transport for Government medical staff in the region to attend local health clinics to alleviate the need for local villagers to travel long distances.
- Facilitated a health clinic for children less than five years.
- Hosted international researchers and other NGO staff.
- Liaison with the District Health Office on local health programmes
- Continued construction of the health centre in the Kayelekera Village which was almost complete at the reporting period end.
- Renovation and maintenance of the primary school building
- Maintenance of the local teachers’ house.
- Assistance with teacher’s wages at local schools.
- Provision of educational supplies to schools.
- Ran a quiz at KM to encourage study of the story books
- Organised the shredded waste paper from KM to be given to a Karonga youth project of using for cooking fuel.
- Visited stakeholders in the area to relay Paladin’s position of corporate governance and corruption.
- Conducted a mosquito control programme in Kayelekera Village and at the mine site as a very effective malaria-control mechanism.