AREVA continues its commitment to Niger

Julien Lauprêtre, Head of the Secours Populaire Français (SFF) and Luc Oursel

July 08, 2013

On July 6, 2013, AREVA signed an agreement with the Secours populaire français (SPF), a French humanitarian aid organization, to provide financing for an educational assistance program at eight schools in the département of Ingall, located 200 km southwest of the city of Arlit, in northern Niger. The population of this area consists mainly of pastoral, nomad communities.

The aims of this project, which will get under way in August with support from SPF’s local partner, the Nigerien NGO HED Tamat, are to improve conditions in the schools for students and to increase enrolment.

The program will include creating a literacy center in each school, providing canteens and livestock for teaching purposes and to supply food, setting up training sessions for the 24 teachers, and donating school supplies. This program will cover the 2013-2014 school year and aid 700 children.

Present in Niger for over 50 years, AREVA works alongside organizations and local representatives to regularly carry out development projects in the areas of health, education and economic development. Partnering with SOMAÏR, COMINAK and IMOURAREN S.A., the AREVA Foundation, and the Mining Social Committees, the Group spends, on average, about 6 million euros a year (FCFA 3.9 billion) on development initiatives.

AREVA and its corporate foundation are currently supporting programs in the following areas:

  • Malaria research
  • Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and care for the victims
  • Access to pediatric heart surgery
  • Gynecological-obstetrics care
  • Construction of health centers
  • Support for the SOMAÏR and COMINAK hospitals to provide free healthcare to everyone
  • A six-month literacy program for women in Arlit
  • Scholarships for Nigerien bachelor’s degree students studying in France
  • Development of crop and animal farming in the north of the country (Jardins Tropicaux Sahéliens and the IRHAZER project)
  • Support for social and economic development with the creation of micro-credit banks at Arlit and Agadez
  • Infrastructure development to open access to northern Niger (construction of trails, roads, an airfield; construction of school facilities; donation of computer equipment and furniture; etc.).

Serge Martinez, Managing Director of COMINAK and AREVA’s representative in Niger, comments: “AREVA’s commitment to Niger goes far beyond its mining activity. Mining is a driver of economic and social development. With this new program to support education in this nomad region, AREVA renews its commitment to improving the daily lives of the people of Niger.”

About Secours populaire français

Founded in 1945, the Secours populaire français (SPF) is a French not-for-profit organization whose mission is to combat poverty and exclusion in France and around the world. It provides emergency relief as well as long-term support in areas such as housing, healthcare, vacations, culture, leisure, sports, occupational integration, education, and legal matters. In 2012, the SPF gave assistance to 2,427,905 people.

About HED Tamat

Founded in 1996, the Nigerien NGO HED Tamat is the local partner of the Secours populaire français. Its objective is to give people living in the regions of Agadez, Tillabéry and Maradi the means to make improvements themselves in their daily lives. HED Tamat works mainly in the areas of health, education, literacy and youth training.