Urenco partners with charity to support indigenous community
30 May 2022
Urenco is supporting a marginalised community in Africa through a new social investment partnership, funding school meals, community education, a clinic and sustainable food practices, among other projects.
The partnership will support the San Bushman community in Namibia, an indigenous population whose origins date back thousands of years.
We are doing this through the N/a’an ku sê Foundation, a conservation charity which is committed to preserving the landscapes, wildlife and culture of Namibia.
This comes as part of our wider sustainability strategy to support and have a positive impact on communities, local and global, while reducing our environmental impact.
Judith Slijkhuis, Social Investment Committee Chair at Urenco, said: “By working with the Foundation we will be making a huge difference in the lives of the San Bushman.
“This is a community which is marginalised and impoverished and our contribution will include funding 3,200 daily meals a month at a school and 900 meals a month at a health clinic, as well as a remedial teacher for the children.
“N/a’an ku sê has a diverse set of projects and does some wonderful work, including protecting natural surroundings, so we’re proud to be able to support this sustainable and worthwhile cause.”
Urenco’s support will also go towards a sustainable vegetable garden and a forest conservation and revegetation project which is part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.
The partnership is in line with UN sustainability goals, such as the environment and inclusion and diversity.
Dr. Rudie van Vuuren, CEO of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation said: “We are proud to be affiliated with Urenco, whose corporate and social responsibility is not only positively impacting the lives of Namibia’s marginalized San community, but also helping with the preservation of Namibia’s landscapes and unique wildlife”.
Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.
With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.
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