LAT has made a priority of investing in the improvement of local medicine services and facilities. Areas in which LAT contributes include:
Vaccine campaigning for children and adults,
Logistic and maintenance support for local hospital buildings and ambulances,
Support of a medical post in the Paso Yobai area, and
Working to assist with the growth and sustainability of local communities, LAT directly contributes to their infrastructure by assisting with:
Donations of cash and labour to local churches
Maintenance of roads and bridges,
Repairs to neighborhood buildings and churches,
Support of book markets, local women’s groups, Children’s Day, Youth Day and school graduations, and
Material support to local police forces
Latin America Minerals has found that the targeted forms of support it provides to local communities are broadly beneficial and produce impact well beyond the apparent dollar value. LAT is pleased to be counted as a contributing member of each community hosting theCompany’s projects, and to berecognized as an adherent to the beneficial mining practices endorsed by the international mining community.
By encouraging and providing education, training and improved school facilities, LAT has positively contributed to the future of our host communities. LAT’s contributions include:
Communication and training programs at elementary and high school levels,
Communications programs for all local community workers,
Guided project site visits for high school students,
Internships for students interested in specializing in geology,
Agreements with university departments to carry out special studies,
Support to parental committees in rural schools, and
Assisting schools with supplies, equipment, structuresand maintenance.
Working with local communities, LAT’s support of activities is directed to furthering an environment that celebrates Paraguayan heritage.
Sponsoring local traditional festivals,
Sponsoring and otherwise assisting local artists, small scale producers and indigenous peoples,
Promotion of cultural values and events.
Preservation of the environment is of primary importance for LAT, and the company always works to minimize and restore any changes it makes to project properties. Key activities in this area are:
Environmental monitoring programs for all projects at all stages,
Water monitoring of all projects before, during and after work programs and including water recycling at exploratory drill holes,
Only vegetable-based drilling muds are used,
Restoration of all exploration sites to leave them in their natural condition, and
Training programs in local communities focusing on environmental preservation.