Corporate Social Responsibility is integral to Eco’s vision and its activities in Guyana and Namibia.
Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas is committed to the countries it operates in, and is dedicated to promoting sustainable growth as well as support to local communities in both Namibia and Guyana.
Eco has begun implementing early-stage social responsibility programmes focused on education in both countries. The Company firmly believes that by providing the younger generation with the valuable skills and education needed to succeed, the whole country will benefit from growth and prosperity.
Eco’s primary goal is to contribute to a sustainable future for Namibia and Guyana. As the petroleum sector continues to thrive and develop, these countries will inevitably benefit from the creation of new jobs, economic growth, infrastructure development and education. Within this context, Eco will continue to demonstrate its support and participation through social and corporate responsibility.
A Local Presence
Eco opened its Namibian headquarters in Windhoek in 2012 with a view to incorporating a local Namibian work force. Today, the Company’s local work force is key to its accounting and legal departments in the country.
Eco also operates in Guyana where it appointed, upon inception, a local country manager to manage its country-wide interests and relationships with the government. The Company strives in all instances to use local service providers to help assist with its Guyana operations. Eco shares its local headquarters with Tullow Oil, the Operator and Eco’s partner on the Orinduik Block.
Eco has joined forces with The Pomeroon Trading Community Development Program to jointly finance and manage projects in Guyana focusing on education. The first project is the funding of a new library and computer room for the Kabakaburi Primary School in the Kabakaburi Village along the Pomeroon River.
The Pomeroon River, situated between the Orinoco and Essequibo rivers, is one of the great rivers of Guyana and one of deepest. Along its banks are many villages, with facilities such as schools, health centres, churches and shops. The only mode of transport is boat. This makes access to schools difficult, especially Secondary schools, of which there are fewer.
Kabakaburi is one of the villages along the Pomeroon that has a Nursery, Primary and a soon to be established Secondary school. The Secondary school is planned to be launched in September 2019. Students from the surrounding villages will be able to attend.
As part of Eco’s commitment to Guyana’s future generations and the community of Kabakaburi, it is funding a new library to increase the number of children who can read and are computer literate. Eco is also providing training to ensure that teachers are able to independently manage the facility. The school library will be equipped with textbooks, story books, novels and educational materials. With the establishment of computer equipment, students will learn basic IT skills and have access to the internet.
Eco is also a sponsor of the Annual Guyana High Commission UK Awards (“GHCUK Awards”) as the Principal Partner for 2018 through to 2020. The GHCUK is an annual event which was established to celebrate the achievements of Guyanese and individuals of Guyanese descent in the United Kingdom and to inspire the next generation of proud Guyanese to succeed around the globe.
In Namibia, Eco has donated funds for the improvement of selected schools listed below:
Ontananga Secondary School
- 5 complete computer systems for classrooms
- 5 USB Wireless adaptors
Ondjamba Combined School
- Teaching materials
- TV screens, Projector, DVD player, radio cassettes
Onamupalula Primary School
- Classroom renovation
- Building materials for classroom infrastructure and school yard
Onayena Kinder Garden
- Building materials for construction of school yard and protective fencing
Okayekenongo Primary School
- Building materials for protective fencing around the schoolyard
Natangwe Uugwanga Junior Primary School
- Construction materials for protective fencing around the schoolyard