We believe in supporting the local communities within which we work. Over the years, Almaden has been involved in many large construction projects including building and improving schools, health care facilities, and roads.
We have also invested in smaller projects like purchasing school books and computers for students and wheelchairs for adults and children with mobility issues. Also, by employing local people, Almaden invests in local economies which keeps communities together and strong.
Below are some of the recent community projects in which Almaden has been involved.
Almaden has just concluded our 19th tour of mines in Mexico. So far 380 people from the local communities around Ixtca have visited modern mines.
This last trip was particularly important, as members from Ixtaca and El Cobre came with us. It was a very successful trip.
Almaden recently participated in a Day of the Dead Festival, which was attended by approximately 250 people from four different communities. Almaden representatives, along with teachers in the communities organized a Day of the Dead play, as well as traditional dancing activities.
On Tuesday September 22, 2015, Almaden representatives presented an additional 15 local students with academic scholarships. Almaden has now awarded a total of 40 scholarships to local students.
The students are from 12 local communities, and are pursuing training in law, psychology, architecture and business administration.
All of us at Almaden wish these students continued success in their fields of study!
Almaden Minerals funded the building of new public washrooms, an addition to the Mother & Child health clinic, and an extra room on the elementary school in the town of Santa Maria Zotoltepec. The official opening ceremonies included a dinner and party. Duane and Morgan Poliquin attended the opening ceremonies, and Morgan cut ribbons at each venue.
Almaden has initiated a reforestation programs around the drill sites on the Ixtaca Zone. The plants selected for the program are three varieties of indigenous pine. Four men from the local community have been employed for the planting, which was timed to the beginning of the rainy season to ensure successful planting. The text and images below explain the process and ongoing work.
The reforestation program is intended to benefit the people living in the community of Santa Maria Zotoltepec. The increased awareness of the conservation and importance of indigineous plants. The project has also given income to eleven people from the community, who had no fixed means of income.
Training and equipping staff: Local men were hired to carry out the reforestation program. Training focussed on sensitivity to the project, caring for the environment, and the importance of wearing protective equipment.
Selection of species: The selection of species for reforestation program was based on the type of vegetation found in the project area, in this case three species of indigenous pine.
In cooperation with the Wheelchair Foundation, Almaden helped sponsor the purchase of over 260 wheelchairs, which were distributed in Puebla, Veracruz, and Oaxaca States in April 2012.
The Wheelchair Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one, but has no means to acquire one. To date, they have distributed over 900,000 wheelchairs worldwide.
Almaden's Chairman and President, Duane and Morgan Poliquin, were in Puebla for the presentation. Please visit our blog for more images from the Wheelchair Foundation's presentation ceremony.