The Project impulses the development of community capabilities to promote the children’s artistic strengths in the zone. This project consists in promoting a contest in which the winners receive educational scholarships. In the third year of the contest, there was an internal selection phase in the schools, which 2500 children of the counties Ventanas, Echeandia and Las Naves with a total of 28 schools. There were 157 finalists in the area of influence of Curipamba project of the three counties that participated in the event taken place on November 7, 2011, in the Vicente Anda Aguirre High school of Las Naves County with the presence of the Educational Provincial Departments of Bolívar and Los Rios.
The nine winners of the contest taken in Las Naves, were present in Quito on November 30, 2011 in the Middle of the World (Quito). The children representatives of the zone of the Curipamba Project had the most brilliant participation in the finals organized by the Responsible Mining Council CONMIN. In this occasion were achieved 1 second place, 3 third places, and 2 honor mentions.
Since 2007 we have supported primarily "one teacher" schools in the zone, working with the parents committee and family communities, along with the teachers and the Education Province Direction of Bolívar.
This program promotes the development of the community capabilities to make recreation a strategy of strengthening the sports skills of the community. As an integral part of this program, considering that sports, especially soccer in particular, is the major called activity of the zone, this will foment future values, competitive children athletes in Echeandía, Las Mercedes, Zapotal and Sabanetillas.
Complementing the Schools Soccer Program and gathering the best soccer players of the zone and with reinforcements of the rest of the country, we formed the Juventud Minera Club Soccer Team. Since 2010, through sports, we have joined the community of the zone, their counties and the Province of Bolivar. www.juventudminera.com
With the purpose to support and improve the Community Health promoting preventive health practices, in strategic alliance with the Foundation COADE, for second consecutive year, and joining efforts with the private and public sector, we implemented specialty medical teams in cardiology, gynecology, pediatrics, odeontology, general medicine in the parrish of San Luis de Pambil and El Guabito. We have attended more than 600 persons of the 25 communities of the zone. From the result of this effort we achieved 4 open heart operations without cost. Additionally, we carried out 2 checking ophthalmologic brigades and donation of glasses in Las Naves and San Luis de Pambil with a total of 400 persons from 25 communities, with the support of the Foundation “Vista para Todos”
In Ecuador a MINGA is a community team work which several labor activities take place: the improvement of the school desks, the improvement of the kindergarten Angel Alarcon, located in Las Naves county; in the Technical School of Las Naves, working along with the Parents Committee and its authorities to build the hygienic batteries of these establishments, improve the roads to Naves Chico. With these accomplishments, several communities were benefited, materials were provided for sewerage for the Fire Brigades, and arrangements for the Echeandia Stadium.
As part of our Enterpreneur Social Responsibility policy we support the ventures of the community actors with the purpose of potentializing their capabilities, developing their strengths and influence in the welfare of the environment.
To undertake this program, The Foundation COADE, along with Curimining S.A. and the local government of Las Naves, carried out the Sewing Workshop with the Professional Training Service SECAP, of the Ministry of Labor Relations in the city of Las Naves from October 2011, with the participation of 32 people of the communities of Las Naves county; and the parrish of San Luis de Pambil of Guaranda county. The workshop concluded on January 2012 and the participants were granted their certification by the SECAP.
Through this program we have implemented an appropriate mechanism for the sensibility and community formation in environment issues.
As part of the permanent social work of Curimining S.A. we have designed the “Mining Tour 2011” where we can invite many institutions to visit the site, and see the advanced exploration phase carrying out in Las Naves Chico, jurisdiction of Las Naves County. Many students, teachers, and family members of the schools from many communities have visited the site, also officers and employees of public and private companies, members of civil society organizations; directors and members of organization groups and farmers; mayors and councilors of local governments; local, provincial, regional and national authorities, giving special priority to the citizens of San Luis of Pambil, Las Naves, Quinsaloma, Echeandia and Ventanas. Up to the present date 1,110 people have visited the advanced exploration operations, which have enabled the communities to be informed of our work.
As part of our main interest to improve the environmental conditions in the zone and considering that there are high indicators of reforestation in the study zones, this has motivated us to implement community nursery for the production and recovery of native species, fruits, ornaments and medicines. Also, this serves the rehabilitation of the site where exploration activities took place, in coordination with the communities, sectional government and Universities. They have planted 90,000 plants in 2011. Between 2007 and 2010, under the same system, 150,000 plants have been planted.