As part of its Community Health Action Plan, Tenke Fungurume Mining, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, drilled approximately 90 wells throughout its concession in the Democratic Republic of Congo to improve access to clean water and fight waterborne diseases.
Following the drilling process community members were trained to maintain the wells, and to educate residents on effective management of the utilities.
For the village of Pumpi, community members agreed to pay FC250 or $0.28 for every 20 liters of water. After less than three months, the pump had generated the equivalent of about $1,000. With these resources the Pumpi community decided to invest in classrooms for the education of children. To date, the masonry works are complete and the roofing is underway on the school building.
For further information about how Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. supports the communities in which they operate, please visit their website at http://www.fcx.com/envir/soc_com.htm
Please see the 2011 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts. http://www.fcx.com/envir/wtsd/pdf-wtsd/2011/WTSD_Bk_2011.pdf
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