Supporting small villages and families in Africa

Corporate Responsibility

Supporting small villages and families in Africa

In keeping with our commitment to help build sustainable communities where we operate, Canadian Natural completed a series of social projects during 2016 and 2017 to support local communities in Côte d'Ivoire (CDI). Canadian Natural’s operations in offshore CDI are located roughly 60 kilometres southwest of the city of Abidjan, CDI’s commercial centre, where we have an office. Natural gas from our Espoir field is the main source of electricity in the country.

Canadian Natural’s Villages Project aims at improving the quality of life in local communities near our operations and focuses on four villages — Adjué, Grand Jacques, Avagou and Attoutou — in Jacqueville, 40 kilometres from Abidjan.

Providing electricity to schools and hospitals

In Adjué, Canadian Natural funded the connection of the village’s school to the National Electricity Network. The Chief of the Village commented, “We recognize what Canadian Natural has done for the village, specifically providing electricity to our local school and the house of our school teacher. This has helped provide better education for our children, as they can now do their homework in the school.” Similarly, at the village of Attoutou, we connected the health centre to the electricity grid, ensuring safe access to the health centre day or night.

Canadian Natural funded the connection of Adjue’s local school to the National Electricity Network

Helping local families

At nearby Grand Jacques, we provided much needed equipment for the village fishermen, including small crafts and fishing nets. In Avagou, a cassava grinder unit was provided for the Association of Avagou village women, making it easier to prepare meals for their families and generate revenue from selling food products.

Grand Jacques villagers pose on one of the fishing boats CNRI provided as part of the Côte d’Ivoire Villages Project.

Supporting healthcare and education

Canadian Natural works directly with community associations to support building projects that focus mainly on healthcare and education. After a difficult time of unrest during the 2011 humanitarian crisis, we supported CDI’s recovery by providing significant support to re-supply two main hospitals in Abidjan (CHU Cocody and CHU Treichville), with essential medical equipment for their neonatal/pediatrics care, and emergency and obstetrics units. We also helped refurbish and renovate one of the oldest kindergarten schools attended by more than 180 children in Abidjan, located in the popular area of Cocody.