As major gold discoveries become more difficult to source and exploit, Corazon prides itself in its ability to work in very difficult regions and establish stable relations with the communities in which we work. These communities play a critical role in the quality and continuity of a project but are often overlooked by major companies which creates a unique value proposition for shareholders.
This is why Corazon has developed Community FirstTM
A corporate responsibility initiative, Community FirstTM
identifies and addresses the community's issues and challenges prior to beginning operations. Through open discussions with local leaders, business owners and political officials, we break down barriers and successfully tackle specific community needs. Projects such as support for women, family education workshops and scholarship funds all significantly enhance the quality of life for our employees, their families and the community at large.
Rapid globalization is resulting in communities having the ability to become more organized and connected than ever before. Recognizing this, we are raising the bar and holding ourselves accountable for the impact we have on the local environments and populations. The only way to ensure success is to challenge ourselves to defy expectations and collaborate, learn and innovate with the local communities in order to create strong, lucrative and long-lasting projects.
The cost of not doing enough is too high. Let's put Community FirstTM
Through our flagship property at Santo Domingo, we demonstrated strong leadership within the community by focusing on safe drinking water, health, education, sports, women, community, disaster relief and contingencies to fund celebrations typical of the culture.
- Health Support
Reliable health support was the foremost necessity upon entering Santo Domingo.
- We aided The Ministry of Health with fuel to be used in the anti-epidemic campaign.
- Ambulances were fixed and insurance for future repairs and fuel bonds were purchased.
- A series of medical equipment was purchased that immediately enhanced the care of patients of the municipality.
- Office supplies and materials that complement the strengthening of medical work.
- Support to Women
Providing economic opportunities for women is essential in elevating poverty and strengthening the local economy.
A jewelry shop was developed in Santo Domingo that both sold local women's jewelry projects as well as workshops as an activity to empower woman.
- The art of "Repujado" was taught to many woman, which is pushing, working or making a relief in a soft metal to give it an authentic embossed look.
- Family Education Workshops
Issues of solidarity and respect for family and social life adversely affect the family unit. Through the Evangelical Church, workshops were developed that address these issues.
Workshops address sensitive issues such as:
- domestic violence
- drugs and alcohol
- appropriate use of economic resources
- at-risk youth rescue
- Strengthening the local delegation of the National Police
Community safety and security was upgraded to protect against corruption and violence within the community.
- Municipal Delegation of the National Police fuel bonds was used for mobilization of police to guarantee security in the municipality.
- 18 pairs of military boots were provided to each of the permanent and volunteer officers who serve in this town.
- A computer and a printer was installed in the municipal delegation.
- Support was received directly by the Chief of Police of Santo Domingo, Captain Irma Aurora Aragon.
- Leveling field at the Baseball Stadium
Baseball is Nicaragua's national sport, enjoyed by all and bringing the communities together. This was the main concern for the village of Santo Domingo. Once the intrinsic needs of the community were achieved, Corazon agreed on improving conditions of the Municipal Baseball Stadium.
- The field was leveled to improve playing conditions for youth and adults to practice and participate in community recreation.
- Sports (Baseball, Corazón de Santa Bárbara Team y Boxing "Santos Benavidez")
Corazon financially supported the baseball team, Corazon de Santa Barbara, which is comprised mainly of miners and members of the cooperative of small miners of Santo Domingo and conveniados.
- New baseball equipment was purchased, which included gloves, balls and bats.
The fighter Chontaleño (from Chontales) Santos "El Toro" Benavides, is from the town of Santo Domingo and has been ranked as one of the best boxers of the year.
- Supporting the Fedecentro champion WBA 130-pound, Santos "El Toro" Benavides included purchasing equipment for his practice and some money for his diet.
- Technical Education Classes
Providing the people of Santo Domingo the opportunity to learn new technologies and to connect to the global world, a technical education centre was completed. Funding was provided for the computer center, which is located in the Municipal Library of the Ministry of Education.
- Received furniture and 4 computers with accessories.
- Internet service and computer classes to educate people in town.
- Scholarship Plans for Children in need
Scholarships were divided between 31 applications in the town that are attending universities, often far away from town.