Graphite mining firm donates 7.6 tonnes of food to schools in Ulanga

13May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 Graphite mining firm donates 7.6 tonnes of food to schools in Ulanga

MAHENGE Resources through its school feeding programme has dished out 6.5 tonnes of maize and 1.1 tonnes of beans to primary and secondary schools in Ulanga District t, Morogoro Region.

Ulanga District Commissioner, Ngollo Malenya.

Speaking over the weekend soon after receiving the support, Ulanga District Commissioner, Ngollo Malenya lauded the graphite mining company for its  consistently contribution the growth of natural resource rich district.

“We appreciate for your support our district, which has a lot to the development if this area," the DC said.

Malenya suggested the need for sustainable relationship between the mining firm and the entire community of Ulanga and the country at large.

She stated: “I believe that the unity existing between our district and the company will lead to a brighter and beneficial future for all the parties involved.”

“It is impressive when sound investors see the importance and need to contribute to the community surrounding them and the nation by action,” the DC said.

For his part, Mahenge Resources Vice President Corporate, Hekima Raymond said: “Investing in the future of our nation is what Mahenge Resources does. Positive investments in the future of people who are part of our community are absolutely consistent with our values, and our social and community responsibility programme”.

He added: "We do understand that the children have meal challenges, especially the before harvesting period. So, our support is meant to ensure nothing comes between them and instead they can focus on their studies."

According to him, the total amount of food provided this year amounts to 7.4 tonnes worth 8m/-.

 This is a fourth consecutive year for Mahenge Resources has been providing meals for Primary and Secondary schools in the district and the impact is now noticeable in terms of improved student performance in both attendance and national examinations.

We have this year increased both the amount of food provided and number of schools benefiting from this programme. This year we’ve included Makanga—a primary school that accommodates with children with special needs.”

In addition to the school food program, he said:  “Having gone through the mine permitting and licensing process, while establishing funding arrangements to build the mine, we will fully deploy our full community development and Resettlement Action Plan to further benefit the community in our way to advance the project and continuing support our community is the sort of win: win outcome we try to embrace."

“The volume of funds advanced accounts for some 18 per cent of the total funding of the school buildings upgrade programme. This is a significant contribution for the company before we have commenced building the mine, and before we have established commercial production. As we work through the mine permitting and licensing process, and establish funding arrangements to build the mine, we will fully deploy our full community development and resettlement action plan to further benefit the community.

“Working with the government to secure permitting and operating licenses, so we can advance the project and further support our community is the sort of win: win outcome we are trying to embrace,” he said.

The official added: “Mahenge Resources takes our corporate social responsibility programme seriously and actively contributes to our community through the following programmes—providing food for primary school pupils in some rural schools in order to overcome the absenteeism problem that had been facing the schools.

“We also provide food for some secondary school students whose homes are far away from school, in order to overcome the absenteeism and teenage pregnancy problems and gave 100 per cent scholarship to 100 needy secondary school students to ensure their dreams are not stuck.

“The company supports availability of clean water to some disadvantaged schools to ensure students and teachers live healthy, as well as funding construction of teachers residential houses especially where there is scarcity of teachers due to lack of residency.”

He also said that Mahenge Resources provides funding for the construction of classrooms, donates students’ chairs (desks) to reduce insufficiency, providing food to orphaned students to improve their comfort ability in studies, funding renovation of school laboratories in terms of building and equipping, supporting sportswear to village teams and donation of tracksuits for primary school pupils to support art, culture and patriotism.

So far, Raymond said that the total value of all commitments is more than 100m/- so far.

Mahenge Resources is the 100 per cent owner of the Mahenge Graphite Project located in Tanzania. The project has completed the definitive feasibility study in October 2018 and filed an application for mining licenses in November 2018.