APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Freeport-McMoRan and Minera Candelaria will work to expand the IluMINA tu Vida program to an additional 500 people in the town of Tierra Amarilla by working with the town council, Mercator Founding, and the community members at large. This expansion effort will include targeted training for teachers, students, parents and micro businesses in Tierra Amarilla with the goal of improving education, business and employment opportunities, and quality of life. Training workshops will be offered on a monthly basis at the 'IluMINA tu Vida' center located in the center of the small town. Specific training topics will include: basic literacy and numeracy, use of technology, computers and the internet, budgeting, financial management and business development, and other skills training.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
- New and improved workshops will be developed and finalized in partnership with town council and with input from community leaders and representatives - October 2010 through March 2011
- Conduct outreach to ensure community members are aware of the training workshops and can attend - Ongoing
- Develop a brief survey to be completed by all workshop participants pre and post training to measure progress and success of training workshops - October 2010 and measured through 2011
- Development evaluation and measurement tools to track results after completion of training workshop(s); for example, improved performance in school, number of small businesses developed, number of new job placements or improved employment opportunities - January 2011
The village of Tierra Amarilla is a small rural community with a population of 16,000 residents. Primary opportunities for employment are mining and its related services and agriculture of grapes. However, most jobs within the agriculture sector are focused around the grape harvest and are therefore temporary in nature each year. The unemployment rate is above the national average and exceeds 10%. Education levels at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels in the village are among the lowest in Chile. Healthcare is very limited, many homes are without basic services and the community it strained to address the needs. In summary, the village is constrained by an overall lack of education, higher education in particular, and employment opportunities.
Minera Candelaria began IluMINA tu Vida in 2008 to provide information technology access and training programs to men, women and children. The programs sought to increase their opportunities for improving their education and additional skills development, in part by providing an increased access to technology.
Since then, they have established a training center in the town with 12 workstations and provided training to approximately 1,000 residents. Prior to the project, only 325 homes had internet access. Today more than 1,200 homes are connected, representing an increase of 272% in just over 18 months. This is a result of both the provision of the signal/wiring to gain access as well as increased demand from households based on training they received at the center.