LAFARGE Zambia has pumped K2 million into its newly formed foundation to support education, health and environment programmes in Zambia and DR Congo where it has operations as part of its corporate social responsibility, says chief executive officer Emmanuel Rigaux.
Mr Rigaux said the foundation will have a panel comprising Lafarge members as well as external people to make it independent and transparent in its conduct.
Speaking at the launch of the foundation in Chilanga yesterday which was done by first lady Esther Lungu, Mr Rigaux said: “The Lafarge Foundation will focus on three critical areas that is education, health and the environment with other major projects identified by employees.
He said the foundation will offer employees an opportunity to contribute their time and money and Lafarge will match that donation.
“To help prepare the foundation for its work ahead, I am happy to state that Lafarge has made available a budget of K2 million over a period of three years. The foundation will have its own account and will be managed by an independent panel. Although some members will be Lafarge staff, many of them will be external to the company,” said Mr Rigaux.
And officially launching the foundation, the First Lady commended Lafarge for such an initiative and thanked the company for the rich history of helping the community in Zambia.
“Lafarge Zambia is proving to be a partner in Zambia’s development and by forming the foundation we are launching today, Lafarge as a company achieves a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives.” she said
Later the First Lady and the Lafarge Zambia CEO presented a 14-seater bus to the Mother of Mercy Hospice of Chilanga. The First Lady donated K5,000 to buy lubricants for the bus and several bags of mealie meal.
The hospice sister-in-charge, Sr. Jeremiah thanked Lafarge for the donation and said the bus would be put to good use.
She further thanked the company for donating building materials for the construction of the clinic and laboratory at the hospice.