Nos Vies en Partage Foundation
Separate to our core work, Randgold has supported the establishment of a charity, the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation. The title translates as ‘sharing prosperity’.
The aim of the foundation is to extend the benefits of development beyond Randgold’s communities and countries of operation, to the needy in other part of Africa. The foundation has a particular focus on women and children, who tend to benefit least from economic growth particularly in gold mining where most jobs are still taken by men.
Since inception in 2014, the foundation has delivered support either through the provision of equipment or through financial assistance to 55 charities across 15 sub-Saharan African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Togo, as well as our host countries.
Some of the organisations receiving support from Nos Vies en Partage include:
- Family care, Uganda - An organisation that runs projects focused with poverty alleviation in Northern Uganda. Recent projects include the establishment of a school for war orphans.
- One Heart, Kenya - A non-profit organisation that aims to break the cycle of poverty and change the future for orphans and abandoned children in Kenya.
- Association pour la Promotion Rurale (APRU), DRC - As association providing psychological assistance to young people released by the Lord’s Resistance Army to help them transition back into society.
- Survivors Fund, Rwanda - An organisation dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
- ONG Wo Pile Sanga Orphanage, Cote d’Ivoire - An orphanage caring for children orphaned by war and AIDS as well as handicapped and abandoned children.
- Association des personnes Handicapées de Dakar Plateau (BASE), Senegal - A volunteer organisation providing computer, literacy and social skills training for disabled and handicapped people in Senegal.
- Pouponnière I - Orphanage established in Mali in 1990 to care for abandoned babies and mentally retarded children.
- SOS villages in Mali - Orphanage protecting children through the support ofimpoverished families, aimed at preventing abandonment of children by providing shelters and hosting families to orphans.
The foundation is chaired by Randgold’s former chairman, Philippe Liétard, and is funded through money raised by sponsored motorbike tours completed by Randgold CEO Mark Bristow, his sons, colleagues and volunteer businessmen. The 8 400km journey completed in 2016 took the riders from Mombasa in Kenya to the mouth of the Congo River in the DRC and, with the tremendous support of in-country business partners, raised approximately $2.5 million for the foundation. To date Mark and his teams of riders have completed five trips around and across Africa to fund the charity.