July 30, 2020

Cerrejón donates 95 water storage tanks to indigenous families during the emergency due to COVID-19

Cerrejón has donated 95 storage tanks to nearly 200 families in indigenous communities located near the municipalities of Albania, Maicao and Uribia as part of the emergency measures adopted during the pandemic. This will ensure that clean water is readily available and accessible by communities.

Water tanks were distributed by the Cerrejón Foundation team, while following the measures and protocols which form part of the Guide to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in communities. These guidelines which were defined by the company are ensuring that humanitarian aid can be safely delivered to vulnerable communities.

I’m grateful to Cerrejón for the delivery of the tanks. The community needed them to store the water, for the consumption of the animals and for the consumption of the inhabitants here. We are thankful for this great benefit. God bless you, said Sandra Aguilar, leader of the Waikaparrai community.

In addition to the water storage tanks, Cerrejón has distributed around 100,000 medical supplies to hospitals in La Guajira, including three mechanical ventilators, gowns, face masks, protective masks and oxygen canisters to help protect medical personnel working in Intensive Care Units who are caring for patients affected by COVID-19. Likewise, the company is doing the necessary installation works at the Maicao Hospital where equipment for the first molecular biology laboratory to detect COVID-19 will be located, all of which forms part of Cerrejón’s humanitarian commitment.

In addition to supporting the health sector, Cerrejón has distributed nearly 50,000 mercados (parcels containing food and hygiene products) to ethnic communities, school kits, partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to improve longer-term productive capabilities of communities and has already delivered more than 14 million litres of drinking water: this will help the population adhere to the national quarantine guidelines and reduce the risk of infection by meeting with others outside their households.