The project, which focuses on urban centres around the M’Boundi, Kouakouala, Zingali and Loufika fields, helps improve infrastructure – such as schools and health centres, the drilling of drinking-water wells and the creation of CATREP, a vocational training centre for farmers. The project was split into two phases: one five-year period between 2010 and 2015; the other launched in 2017 and still under way.
During the first phase, we built infrastructure and set up basic services in the area. This included drinking-water wells, medical clinics, primary schools and training courses. In the second phase, we are primarily focused on working with associations, local groups, public authorities and institutions responsible for local development to promote youth entrepreneurship and start-ups, as well as strengthening management skills within the community. In addition, we run many health, environmental and education campaigns.
The CATREP (Centre d’Appui Technique et de Ressources Professionnelles) project began in 2012 with the construction and restoration of agricultural buildings. In 2018, we introduced organic methods, started rearing poultry, goats, sheep and pigs within CATREP’s facilities and provided technical assistance. We have drilled 22 drinking-water wells connected to 30 fountains. Seventeen of the wells are powered by solar energy, one runs off the electrical grid, three off generator power and one is operated manually. Five more drinking-water wells are under construction and one of the 22 from the first phase is being restored. Today, 14 public facilities (four schools, nine health facilities and the CATREP project) are connected to such wells. In 2018, we established multicultural centres with programmes to support education in the area around the city of Pointe Noire. The aim is to provide learning materials and identify restoration projects, as well as support programmes for primary healthcare services near health centres and other maternal and child-health facilities. In addition, we have built a training and research centre for renewable energy in Oyo, in the north of the country.