Stories of Inspiration
SHARING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUNITY-BASED DEVELOPMENT
Newmont found a partner in Project C.U.R.E. with an aligned purpose... to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining.
As a leading gold producer with operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru, and Suriname, Newmont depends on positive community relationships.
Newmont recognizes that its operations require support from the communities that host them and this support can only be earned. To this end, Newmont looks for development partners who provide community-centered services that proactively engage employees and community members alike.
The commitment to positive relationships with host communities is a core value for Newmont. “Our business involves much more than exploring for and producing gold. It’s about understanding people’s interests and aspirations for their communities. Project C.U.R.E. helps make this happen through their extensive needs assessments and approach to gaining agreement from the end users on every piece of medical equipment before it is shipped. They also provide great employee volunteer experiences to pack and deliver medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in communities close to where we operate.” ~ Matt King, Senior Manager Social Responsibility
The Newmont and Project C.U.R.E. relationship extends far beyond providing employee volunteer opportunities or sponsoring a cargo container of medical equipment and supplies. While these are cornerstones of the partnership, Newmont and Project C.U.R.E. take their responsibilities to local communities seriously:
- Newmont employees not only volunteer to sort and pack materials and Kits for Kids at Project C.U.R.E. distribution centers, but they also pick up and deliver C.U.R.E. Kits when they are traveling to most international markets where they work.
- Newmont partners with Project C.U.R.E. to bring medical teams to Ghana, Peru, and Suriname. These medical teams are comprised of 12 to 20 volunteer medical personnel and have provided primary care clinics, patient education, and provider education to more than 7,000 community members. These teams use the supplies and resources provided by Project C.U.R.E. and a traveling pharmacy to serve the local communities. Newmont local staff and volunteers act as stewards, community liaisons and translators during the clinics.
- For four years, Newmont has sponsored the Helping Babies Survive training program in Ghana. Through this program, they have trained more than 200 nurses and midwives in neonatal resuscitation and newborn care. As a result, the neonatal mortality rate in the regions of Ghana where Newmont operates has been reported at 0.79 while the national average is 8.7.
Since 2005, the Newmont-Project C.U.R.E. partnership has engaged Newmont employees, strengthened the infrastructure of Newmont’s host communities and fulfilled Newmont’s objective to serve as a catalyst for economic development in local communities. With Project C.U.R.E., Newmont has delivered more than $8.8 million worth of medical supplies and equipment, which equals 19 40-foot shipping containers, benefitting nearly one million people.