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Initiatives

Water & Sanitation: Orezone began a project in partnership with Ryan's Well Foundation, a Canadian organization dedicated to providing clean water and sanitation services to communities in which the Company operates. Several communities have benefited from improved water access as a result of Orezone's well drilling initiatives in Burkina Faso and Niger. Since 2004, Orezone and Ryan's Well Foundation have teamed up on more than $300,000 of projects that have benefited thousands of people in need. In addition Orezone executives have previously sat on the Ryan's Well Foundation board providing strategic and financial advice to help further its initiatives.

During Q2 2015 the Company initiated a water drilling program that will add 20 wells that will be available to the local community in the area surrounding the Bomboré mining permit.

Project Water and Sanitation for Mogtedo College
Location Bomboré / Burkina Faso
Impact 1575 Students
Cost $33,640
Partners Ryan's Well
Year(s) 2013 Completed
Notes

This project is complete. The College received 1 well, 10 latrines, including 2 separate washrooms for women, 12 wash stations and training. Completed in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Ouagadougou, Crystal and RWF. This project included many mining related donations in honorary memory of the late David Coffin.

 

Project Clean water for Guibou and Pelle Villages
Location Séguénéga
Impact 1450 people
Cost $25,900
Partners Ryan's Well
Year(s) 2010 Completed
Notes The project is complete. Each village has received a large diameter well. Training and education on maintaining a safe water supply has been given to villagers in each community. It is now managed by village committees. The project also included the building of latrines.
Project Clean water for Namssiguia Village
Location Séguénéga
Impact 926 people
Cost $22,800
Partners Ryan's Well
Year(s) 2009 Completed
Notes This project is complete. Namssiguia Village received 2 wells, one for the village and one for the school. Two latrines were also constructed for the village.
Project Clean water for Sima Village
Location Séguénéga
Impact 1200 people
Cost $26,500
Partners Ryan's Well
Year(s) 2010 Completed
Notes The project is complete. It includes the rehabilitation of an existing borehole and pump. Additionally, Sima Village has received two large diameter wells. It is now managed by a village committee. Village members and the committee have received training on maintaining a safe water supply.
Project Clean water for villages of Leo and Women's Shea Butter Co-op
Location Leo
Impact 3,000
Cost $23,000
Partners Ryan's Well
Year(s) 2009/2010 Phase 1 Completed
Notes Phase 1 is complete and includes two drilled wells and two latrines. The project is now in phase 2. This phase includes drilling an extra well and five latrines. Training is currently being given to the members of this community. This project is being managed by the local village committee.
Project Water and sanitation for SOS Children's Village
Location Ouagadougou
Impact 610 people
Cost $13,800
Partners Ryan's Well
Year(s) 2008/2009 Completed
Notes The SOS Children's village is home to 160 children and youth residents as well as their house mothers and staff.  This project included the replacement of septic tanks, the construction of 3 drainage pits to alleviate run-off/contamination issues as well as bringing piped water to the village. The village also provides for an additional 75 kindergarten children and 150 primary school students as well as approximately 225 beneficiaries of the social centre.

Education, Research & Training: Orezone also supports the local academic community in Burkina Faso. The Company has initiated programs to support various academic initiatives including the donation of equipment to the University of Ouagadougou, as well as graduate study support for students pursuing Masters and Ph.D. level degrees in geological disciplines.

Project M.Sc./Ph.D. Project 1
Location Bondi
Funding $30,000
School U of Ouagadougou
Year 2008-2010
Project M.Sc./Ph.D. Project 2
Location Sega
Funding $30,000
School U of Ouagadougou
Year 2008-2010
Project M.Sc./Ph.D. Project 3
Location Bomboré
Funding $30,000
School U of Ouagadougou
Year 2008-2011
Project M.Sc./Ph.D. Project 4
Area Oudalan-Gorouol Greenstone Belt
Funding $65,000
School U of Witwatersrand
Year 2008-2010
Project Microscope donation
Location Burkina Faso
Funding $35,000
School U of Ouagadougou
Year 2008