CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Our firm belief is that Lundin’s presence in Block 5A contributed to improving living conditions in the region. In the short term, our community development and humanitarian assistance made life better for thousands of people. Lundin continued to provide humanitarian assistance throughout the suspension of operations in 2001 and 2002, and even after we departed from the block in 2003.
When the conflict intensified, there was an increasing number of people who moved from the conflict areas to camps in local towns controlled by the Government of Sudan. Lundin’s activities focused on assisting these people and aimed to promote better health and hygiene, but more long term efforts were also made to improve their education and the general quality of life.
Lundin distributed school equipment and provided support to both buildings and teachers. Six schools were built and /or supported in various local villages, with pupils totalling 585. A permanent school was constructed in Thoan. Women were recruited to train as qualified midwives, and enrolled in midwifery school. A programme to train vector control specialists and computer analysts was also initiated.
Lundin assisted extensively to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, which were particularly prevalent in the rainy season. Lundin also employed Sudanese doctors and local paramedical staff to work in local clinics and hospitals in the area. As a result, thousands of patients were treated by Lundin’s medical staff.
Lundin distributed farm tools and fishing tackle locally, as well as setting up a veterinarian station in Thoan, along with a number of mobile veterinarian clinics. A programme was set up to train local people in skills such as nursing, working as para-medics or para-veterinarians, and brick laying. A brick making factory employing 48 villagers was established in Thoan providing bricks for local construction, and a women’s development centre was also set up in the same town. Furthermore, a nursery garden, maintained by two locals, planted over 150 shade trees.