Hummingbird is committed to building a lasting positive legacy for those living in the communities where we operate. We look to support leaders and representatives from all stakeholders on an on-going basis, from holding regular meetings to address grievances to carrying-out projects that will set the stable foundations for a brighter, healthier future.
Our community development programme centres on positive planning for the future around four main pillars:
water & sanitation
By focussing on these key areas, we look to create change and boost prosperity.
Key community development achievements
Water & sanitation
We believe that access to clean drinking water is not a privilege but a right for all. By installing water supply systems, we are not only increasing access to and distribution of safe drinking water, but we are also providing maintenance training programmes for delegates in the local villages, who can use their new skills to repair and upkeep water pumps on an on-going basis. Our investment in safe drinking water has brought tapped water to thousands of individuals who would otherwise have to choose between drinking dirty water or walking long distances to the nearest borehole.
Hummingbird has continued to sponsor 12 teachers at local schools since 2016, to assist in the delivery of education to some of Mali’s poorest rural communes. In 2018 alone, we donated school materials and equipment to over 2,000 pupils. Elsewhere, we have partnered with Malian NGOs to offer vocational training programmes to youths, with topics ranging from boiler-making, welding, fencing and basic business schools, and we independently carry-out teaching workshops for local nurses and healthcare workers on an on-going basis.
Together with Critical Care International, Hummingbird has brought specialist professional healthcare to Yanfolila since construction on the mine began. We have assessed patients for minor and critical complaints, both improving general community health and delivering life-saving, emergency care. We run educational workshops to inform employees and local communities on essential topics such as malaria, new-born resuscitation and sexual health. Through these workshops we hope to share the broader sentiment that responsibility towards individual health and the health of others is paramount.
We have committed to a large number of projects that seek to provide alternative livelihoods for men and women living locally to the regions in which we operate. To name but a few, we have established and funded soap-making factories, where women use saponification to produce hard and liquid soap to sell; market gardens, where over 100 women work throughout the year to harvest fruit and vegetables to sell; and poultry projects, which allow local youths to rear chickens for slaughter.