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In the communities near where we operate in Mexico and Peru, we channel sustainability efforts into improving education and cultural activities. Our activities focus on developing a broad range of work-related skills and on building infrastructure to support the education of both children and adults.

We have developed several programs in collaboration with local communities, including providing scholarships for primary and secondary school and college students.

Peru: Caylloma Mine

At Caylloma, an agreement signed with the Municipality of Caylloma in 2010 opened the door to local development projects, training of community members and providing educational support.

The company signed an agreement with the Regional Education Management and the District Municipality of Caylloma to start the Technical Productive Training Center to improve productivity of local trades. For example, industrial tailoring machines have been donated to the center benefitting approximately 80 students.

We have also equipped the Caylloma Pre-School Educational Centers and pre-schools throughout the district with audio-visual and educational materials, and we have donated school supply packages to students in the district. More than 1,200 students have benefited from these intiatives. Additionally, we provided a local library with books, computers and photocopiers in cooperation with the Caylloma Parish.

Mexico: San Jose Mine

Within the municipality of San Jose del Progreso, we have established five computer and Internet centers, benefitting over 240 people.

In 2011 Fortuna founded the Cuzcatlan Scholarship Program. The program funds education supply packages consisting of uniforms, shoes and school supplies, as well as scholarships to elementary and high school students. More than 800 students from the community of San Jose del Progreso and its annexes have benefited from the program.

Under an agreement with the State Institution for Adult Education, the company helped develop an adult education program to promote certification for elementary and high school studies. By the end of 2012, 116 people have participated in the program, which has granted 15 elementary and 26 high school certificates.

Together with the Work Training and Productivity Institute of the State of Oaxaca, we have implemented technical training programs and projects aimed at increasing work-related skills and capacities. For example, an arts and crafts center offers courses to help people qualify for a variety of jobs in several industries.