On Friday, 20 September, the Good Shepherd International Foundation opened the doors of a new Bon Pasteur Child Protection Centre in Kolwezi (DRC), supported by ERG. Benedikt Sobotka (CEO of Eurasian Resources Group) delivered a heartfelt speech in French to the attendees at the inaugural ceremony.
The Centre is expected to accommodate almost 1 000 children in 14 newly equipped classrooms in the Kanina-Domain Marial artisanal cobalt mining community. The Centre will not only provide free education, but will also offer other important initiatives including healthcare, nutrition, counselling and human rights training. It will also host the activities of the Bon Pasteur Kolwezi community-based alternative livelihood development programme, which is aimed at tackling child labour in artisanal mining communities.
In her address, Cristina Duranti said: “These impressive results, together with the foundation of the Bon Pasteur Centre, could not be achieved without the fruitful long-term cooperation with Eurasian Resources Group. This partnership will support a durable social change for the local communities, eradicating child labour and human right abuses and achieving sustainable improvement in the living conditions of artisanal miners.”