21 APRIL 2021
Improving the living conditions of the families of our communities
Health and social wellbeing are integral to sustainable development and contribute to vibrant communities.
A community housing project launched by our Cerro Matoso operation has improved the living conditions of more than a third of the families that live around the operation.
The project supports families living in poverty to design or improve their own homes. So far, over 600 homes have been built or significantly improved. Essential improvements have included replacement of dirt floors with concrete, updating bathrooms with better toilets, showers and septic systems, and improved stove technology in kitchens to reduce exposure to smoke.
Initially, external contractors were engaged to do the work. Since then, community organisations have taken ownership of the project, with direct involvement from the families. This approach has supported employment, skills development and a real sense of empowerment and achievement for everyone involved.
The CMSA Foundation has provided expert advice and supervision, ensuring design and construction is fully compliant with applicable regulations and good practice.
The Foundation has increased funding, allowing additional communities to be involved in the program.
Nidia Montes, member of the Centroamerica Indigenous community, said the project had helped change lives and made a big difference to living conditions and the community’s health.