Corporate and Social Responsibility
Ebola Donation Day
“We are all united to free Sierra Leone from the disease and let me on behalf of my government and people thank you for supporting us at this critical time”
His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma
Sula maintains a solid CSR programme in the Diang, Samia Bendugu and Nieni Chiefdoms which comprise the company’s license area and has worked closely with the local Tribal Authorities to ensure that all CSR projects address the region’s most pressing needs.The programme is spearheaded by our CEO who has been part of the Diang Chiefdom since 1989 in his role as Honorary Paramount Chief Nick Magba Warrell. These projects have included building and financing schools, clean water supplies, a vital road network and also provided jobs in these communities.
Ebola Virus Disease
Sula has given the Government of Sierra Leone Le30 million towards fighting the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the country. In addition we are assisting two local EVD Task Forces in Dalakuru and Kabala by providing them with medical equipment for screening people at their two check points.
Prior to the EVD outbreak, Sula built two infirmaries in the Diang Chiefdom, in the towns of Kondembaia and Yara.
Sula and the Tribal Authorities in the license area regard the opening of the Chiefdoms via a road network as an essential artery to the life blood of the chiefdom. Under the stewardship of Sula approximately 100miles of roads have been constructed within the chiefdom. The most important road is from Makakura Junction on the main Makeni Kabala highway which runs East-West around the entire Diang Chiefdom linking all the towns and villages along the way – rather like the M25 orbital around London.
This has allowed sick and injured people to be transported to Kabala hospital and free trade to flourish and prosper which has raised prosperity levels and the self esteem and dignity of all the citizens of Diang Chiefdom.
Approximately 18 months ago the company created a new road from the Diang orbital road from the Town of Dalakuru (the base of our current exploration operations) through to Samaya Bendugu Chiefdom and terminating at Ferengbeh Junction close to Bumbuna which has opened up trade from Bumbun and Makeni to the east of Diang and all the other additional benefits that go with it.
Three years ago Sula rebuilt Dalakuru school, which was ruined and derelict, and added a toilet block for the teachers, staff and pupils. The school has reopened and has been named the Blue Horizon RC school in recognition of the company’s contribution to the community. The school is presently educating 144 children. The company pays the salaries of the four teachers and provides books, writing utensils and furniture.
Sula’s 2015 CSR programme consists of the construction of a new school in the town of Kania, Diang Chiefdom. The Company welcomes involvement from the local community to help build the school in order to gain insight of what will help them as they aide the future of the younger generation. With this local help, the development gives Sula the opportunity to be able to improve the lives of so many people in the Kania region.
The company has put in several water wells in the last three years but its crowning achievement to date is the construction, installation and commissioning of a 5000 gallon dam on the outskirts of Dalakuru which supplies clean drinking water to the town and its inhabitants along with a grid system of pipes that supplies the houses together with six individual public standpipes.
Natural Spring and Water Wells
Sula have provided a number of fresh water wells in the area, and also rescued a natural spring from contamination. Our CSR team excavated the surrounding ground soil around an important natural spring supplying fresh water to the village of Segbweya that was being contaminated by heavy metals from nearby alluvial mining operations. The spring was excavated down 20 feet. It was then shuttered and concreted taking the natural spring level to a height of 6ft above the rainy season water table and protecting it from contamination, thus providing Segbweya with clean drinking water. Prior to this there was a high mortality rate, particularly to pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children due to the contaminated spring drinking water.
The company has also constructed four bridges on the eastern access road from Diang Chiefdom to Samaya Bendugu which has facilitated the traffic and trade in the region. Symbolically the biggest bridge crosses the boundary between the Diang Chiefdom and the Samyaya Bendugu Chiefdom and the Koinadugu and Tonkolili Districts. It provides an important link between the chiefdoms and has also formalized the boundary between them.
It is our invariable practice that once we have agreed a request as part of our CSR programme the communities work with us to bring the project to fruition. Examples include the water well and spring rehabilitation at Sebgbweya and Dalakuru. Once we had designed the works, we employed local labour to build it under our supervision. Similarly when building roads, we use local labour to act as sentries to warn any traffic or pedestrians that we are using heavy machinery and as security at night to protect the machinery left in situ. This simple collaboration of human resources is respected and appreciated by the local community who welcome the work and their involvement in these projects. In this way these projects not only provide vital infrastructure to the community, it also brings a sense of ownership to the projects that have lasting value, and gives them something they can tell their children and grandchildren about.