www.drummondltd.com 9 influence, and after studying the socio-economic impact of these projects, Drummond developed the program to improve religious infrastructure, which included the building of chapels and churches. We have contributed to the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Santa Marta. “Today we are important allies of the religious community, not only in the construction, expansion and improvement of infrastructure, but also as contributors to the cultural activities that take place through religious festivals. That is part of respecting the beliefs of the people who are in our area of influence,” says Alvaro Daza, who is part of the Community Relations Department. CHALLENGES FOR 2015 • Eradicating extreme poverty. Two years ago we signed an agreement between the entire mining sector and the Department of Social Prosperity. Drummond has focused its efforts on matters related to eradicating extreme poverty in three districts in Cesar and a sector of the town of Ciénaga. Projects have focused on generating income, health and education, through productive projects and training including home gardens, market gardens, planting permanent crops such as avocadoes and strengthening the fishing sector in the port’s area of influence. “In the end, people start to overcome poverty when you can assure them that they have enough to live on, a way to sustain themselves, to keep up their houses, to pay for their children’s education, and to access healthcare services. I think it’s a program that really shows that with solidarity we can achieve significant results in this challenge that we face as Colombians,” says Alfredo Araújo. • Production projects. The program’s goal is to have the communities start to build profitable strands around our mining activity, focused on traditional activities and those that provide the community with productive opportunities other than work in the sector. • Institutional strengthening. Training has been provided for civil servants through a program that has been sustained over the years that seeks to ensure that all civil servants have the capacity to formulate and present projects that can be successful in fundraising. Being a good neighbor, and ensure that communities positively transform their lives due to our presence in the region, is the base of our Social Responsibility programs. Drummond’s Communities program has created and supported music schools in the towns of Codazzi, Becerril, La Jagua de Ibirico, El Paso and Bosconia. More than 1500 children ages 4 through 15 have benefited from this program.
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