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IEC and Tancoal remain committed to working with the local people by supporting community projects.
· Tancoal employs workers from the local community and has implemented training schemes to develop basic skills for employment;
· Tancoal has refurbished a local school and is working with the school to identify local students who are selected to attend training in environmental, medical and mechanical skills;
· The “Mbalawala Women’s Group” was established in late 2011 after consultation with local women and in partnership with community leaders. The Women’s Group provides local goods and services, including processing food from the Tancoal market garden. A grant of $28,500 for this purpose was received from the Australian Government Direct Aid Program. The project aims to establish a number of activities so that the women learn new skills and have the opportunity to run each activity as a business. It also enables IEC to work with local women to improve their education, health, independence and social equality;
· Infrastructure is being upgraded with the construction and rebuilding of bridges, roads and port facilities; and
· Community involvement in vegetable production from pit backfill areas to be used for supply and catering to Tancoal personnel as well as fulfil best practice reclamation work in mining operations.
In addition to direct community support, IEC is supporting growth in electricity supply in the region, one of the single greatest drivers of improvements in health, education and social equality.