Social Development Activities

NHPC and all the partners of the Nachtigal Project are essential actors of the economic and social vitality of the five districts where the Project is located: Mbandjock, Batchenga, Ntui, Soa and Obala. This is reflected in the creation of direct and indirect jobs, as well as actions in favour of the economic and social development of the project area.

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT AT THE HEART OF THE NACHTIGAL PROJECT'S ECONOMIC AMBITION

All Nachtigal Project stakeholders are committed to encouraging local employment by recruiting workers residing in one of the five districts of the Project area.
By the end of July 2021, more than 3,200 workers will be mobilised, more than half of whom will be local workers from the Project area.
In terms of social and working conditions, the Nachtigal Project construction companies and NHPC partners, are committed to implementing international best practices while respecting local regulations. These standards also apply to the subcontractors working with them, the majority of which are national companies.
Nachtigal Project workers benefit from theoretical and practical training that enables them to acquire and improve new skills that they can use in the future for other projects in Cameroon or elsewhere.

NHPC, A COMPANY COMMITTED TO THE POPULATION AND A PARTNER IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

As a long-term partner of the territory in which it operates, NPHC is committed to supporting local economic development.

ENCOURAGING EDUCATION AND TRAINING

In 2017, NHPC signed an agreement with the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC) to improve training abilities in four technical secondary schools in the project area. The Obala, Ntui and Mbandjock technical high schools, as well as the College of Technical, Industrial and Commercial Education (CETIC), Batchenga, have thus benefited from NHPC’s support through the construction and equipment of workshops and classrooms since 2017.

An agreement with the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training (MINEFOP) will also enable NHPC to support the actions of this ministry in favour of vocational training for youth in the Project area.

Other actions aimed at improving educational infrastructures in the project area will be carried out over several years. They are being developed in consultation with the population and the authorities in charge of community development.

PROMOTING LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

NHPC is currently implementing a support program for economic project leaders in the project area. This support is aimed notably at young people and site workers whose contracts will end when the work is completed.
This support will be granted based on a selection process whose criteria and modalities will be communicated on this site and in the villages of the concerned districts.

PROMOTING YOUTH

NHPC encourages youth promotion activities by conducting social, cultural and sports activities. NHPC supports the organization of football championships in the project area during school holidays.
NHPC also contributes to creating local employment by conducting campaigns in schools and universities to present the Nachtigal Project and its various careers to students.
The youth of the Project area are those privileged to benefit from the support program of economic project bearers, which is being set up.

SUPPORTING WOMEN

NHPC is committed to women and encourages their participation in local economic and social development.
A partnership with UN Women was signed in December 2020 to support women in the project area in the development of income-generating activities related to the manufacturing of hygiene materials to fight against Covid-19.

COMBATING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV)

The Nachtigal project facilitates the administration of health care to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). A social worker from the NGO ALVF is based at the Batchenga district health centre. This NGO, which specializes in the management of this type of violence, provides information on the rights of survivors and accompanies them in terms of psychological follow-up and legal advice.

NHPC has also set up a community awareness program on gender-based violence, since the beginning of 2020. Workers on the site are also being sensitized.

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE
People Affected by the Project in vulnerable situations are supported by implementing micro-economic projects that generate income and contribute sustainably to local employment development.
They benefit from training that enables them to better manage their assets and from close support from NHPC’s social teams.

STRENGTHENING HEALTH

Through an agreement signed with the Ministry of Public Health (MINSANTE) in 2018, NHPC committed to preserving the health of the populations in the Project area. Actions are carried out to build the capacity of medical staff, to develop existing health infrastructure, and to raise awareness among the population.

In 2020, NHPC contributed to developing hospital infrastructure by constructing an emergency centre and renovating the cutting-edge building of the Obala District Hospital, as well as constructing a maternity ward, renovating the main building and the residence of the Chief Medical Officer of the Batchenga District Health Centre (CMA). The Obala, Mbandjock and Ntui district hospitals, the CMA of Batchenga and the Njoré Integrated Health Center have also benefited from medical equipment.

Sensitisation campaigns are carried out among project workers and in the communities, notably on parasitic diseases, HIV/AIDS, vector-borne diseases, Covid-19 and the use of illicit drugs in schools.

PROMOTING ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND ELECTRICITY

The Nachtigal Project is working to improve access to electricity for the populations in the project area. As part of this effort, NHPC has installed a new transformer in Batchenga, improving the electricity supply to more than 50 households and opening up the possibility of creating new businesses that will generate income for the local population.
NHPC is also committed to improving access to water for people in the project area. A tender is underway to select a contractor to renew existing boreholes and construct new ones in areas where access to water needs to be improved.
These programs aimed at supporting the development of local infrastructure will be implemented by NHPC over several years, in consultation with the population and the authorities in charge of community development.