Lafarge Zambia has launched a new community initiative called Lafarge Foundation which will support local projects in Chilanga.
Lafarge Foundation has since pledged to spend 2 million over a period of three years to support community projects as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Foundation will have its own bank account and will be managed by an independent panel of imminent persons and some members of staff at Lafarge.
The launch of Lafarge Foundation was graced by First Lady Esther Lungu and held at Twangale Park in Lusaka.
Lafarge Zambia Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rigaux said the launch of the foundation is a demonstration of the company’s long term commitment to the development of Zambia.
‘As part of Lafarge’s specific CSR programme and also to complement the expansion programs we are launching at our two plants, we are working with several partners to set up a vocational training school. This school will focus on development of skills in fields such as mechanical, electrical and automation,’ Mr Rigaux said.
He announced that the graduates from this vocational school will be certified by TEVETA adding that the objective is to create a pool of highly skilled Zambian youths able to undertake such construction projects as the Chilanga Cement plant expansion project.
‘Since 2001 when Lafarge came to Zambia, we have supported many projects and changed many lives through our initiatives for schools, housing and community health in Chilanga, Ndola and beyond. Time has now come to give a new dimension to our CSR, fully aware of the duties we have to God and the people of Zambia,’ he said.
Under the Foundation, Lafarge is also partnering with USAID’s Saving Mothers Giving Life Project.
And First Lady Esther Lungu who was guest of honour urged government to consider education for sustainable development.
Mrs. Lungu noted that education for sustainable development enables learners to attain knowledge, skills and values that shape the future of the country to eradicate poverty, HIV/AIDS for a sustainable environment.