In April, we officially opened in Sahuaripa the House of Culture – a multi-purpose community centre for children of all ages to explore different aspects of local culture. The community centre offers: dance studios and instruction, art classes, theatre classes, movie rooms, conference space and much more.
Investing in the Future of Our People and Local Communities
Agnico Eagle Mexico’s social investment program (SIP) seeks to improve the health and socio-economic well-being of its local communities. In 2017, following extensive consultations with local stakeholders, the Community Relations team developed an ambitious program to target four key areas of need: education, infrastructure and environment, social development, and community wellness.
In education, the focus was on rehabilitating and modernizing community schools at the preschool, elementary and high school levels – the program started in October 2016 and by the end of 2017, 36 schools were upgraded in communities that surround La India mine.
Under infrastructure and environment, The purchase of waste collection equipment and the establishment of new waste storage areas helped promote a cleaner environment, benefitting nearly 10,000 people in three communities near La India Mine.
For social development, Agnico Eagle built the Pinos Altos Sport Centre in Baquiriachi, near our Pinos Altos mine and partnered with the government of Mexico to build a cultural centre in Sahuaripa in the area where La India mine is located.
Community wellness initiatives are targeting the overall health and well-being of our neighbours such as: a partnership with the Chihuahua Lions Club and the Center for Recycling and Distributing Lenses, to provide new glasses to children with vision problems and recycled lenses to older adults. To date, 634 people have received the gift of improved sight.
“The best part of our job is when you hear from people about the positive impact Agnico Eagle has had on their lives. That is when you know you are making a difference, “says Gildardo Montenegro, Manager of Administration, Community Development and Environment, La India mine. “All of these programs are directly linked to our commitment of working with our stakeholders to build community capacity and ensure that the benefits being generated now will also endure well beyond the life of the mine.”