Helping Rebuild Schools and Hospitals in Abidjan
Canadian Natural Resources International (CNRI) has operations offshore Côte d'Ivoire – located roughly 60 kilometers southwest of the city of Abidjan. In keeping with our commitment to help build sustainable communities where we operate, CNRI supported the country’s recovery from a difficult time of unrest during the 2011 humanitarian crisis, by helping rebuild some of the health and education facilities in Abidjan. As the former official capital of the nation; Abidjan is Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city with a population of over six million.
The school and hospital restoration projects in Abidjan were of a large scale, and driven by our management and staff in CDI where we have production operations. CNRI provided significant support to re-supply two main hospitals in Abidjan (CHU Cocody and CHU Treichville), with essential medical equipment for their neonatal/pediatrics care, and emergency and obstetrics units. We also helped refurbish and renovate one of the oldest kindergarten schools in Abidjan, located in the popular area of Cocody, providing education to more than 180 children.
Barry Duncan, CNRI’s Vice President, Finance commented that “One of our core values is to be an outstanding corporate citizen, and we are wholly committed to supporting worthy causes in locations where our business is situated.”
Left: Canadian Natural management touring medical facilities in Abidjan. Right: Our staff at École Maternelle in Cocody South, Abidjan.
CNRI also funded the refurbishment of a media library for the local population of Treichville, one of the poorest districts located in the south part of Abidjan. The district of Treichville boosts a population of over 500,000 inhabitants, with 65 per cent under 18 years of age. With over 30 schools registered in the area, the children have limited facilities with resources to assist them in their studies. An older building was refurbished and several separate areas were created within the main structure. The building was finished in 2014 and now has: a library for students up to high school, a library for university students and adults, rooms for younger children, an area for youth arts and crafts, and rooms for conferences and meetings. The library is used on a daily basis by community members and the kids of the area.
In Gabon, we also provided both financial and voluntary project management support in 2012 to build and furnish new classrooms for the CEMI Centre in Port-Gentil. The CEMI Centre provides re-integration of abandoned children aged between eight and 16 through education and lodging.
CNRI works directly with community associations to support human rights capacity building projects that focus mainly on healthcare and education. For more info on our community involvement in Africa read our 2015 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders