Health and education

Genel’s stakeholder engagement process has identified health and education as being a key focus area for the company’s social investment strategy. Therefore, each year Genel focuses on addressing the needs of the local community and carefully considers how the company’s resources can be shared.

Over the years, Genel’s education projects have contributed to the development of the KRI’s educational sector, created more effective learning environments, and emphasised the significance of education in local communities. In the health sector, we have undertaken a number of projects over the years that directly contribute to the development of the region’s health sector and have had a direct positive impact on local and regional communities.

Various education related projects Genel has enacted over the years include the refurbishment of schools across the region, the construction of a library and nursery, and the purchase of computers, books, school supplies, sports equipment and toys. For example, in 2019, major projects carried out in Qara Dagh included the provision of heaters and fuel to 36 schools attended by 1,754 students in the surrounding region, the renovation of a school attended by 70 students, the donation of toys, the funding of carpeting for two local kindergartens for 110 children, and the supply of sports equipment to a sports club.

Genel also continues to organise and provide educational and training programmes, teaching skills that are mutually beneficial for locals and Genel by creating a future workforce. In 2016, our CSR department embarked on a training initiative to provide English language and IT training to local residents. To date a total of 116 local men and women have benefited from this training. In collaboration with the local Koya, Sulaimaniyah and Erbil universities, we provide technical training and capacity building for engineering students. In 2019, 262 students participated in our summer training programme at our Taq Taq site.

Genel has long supported the Hiwa Cancer Centre in Sulaymaniyah, firstly through the purchasing of high-grade medical equipment in 2013 and then through the construction of a new bacteriology laboratory in 2014. In partnership with TTOPCO, our medical teams periodically share their services with neighbouring villages by offering routine medical checks. In total, 2019 saw 47 medical visits made to 10 villages surrounding Taq Taq and over 437 patients receiving medical support.

Summer Training Program at Taq Taq

Building a sustainable positive relationship with the educational institutions and universities in the KRI is a significant part of our community investment strategy. Since 2014 Genel has had a collaborative relationship with the American University in Sulaimaniyah. We provide technical training and capacity building for engineering students. In 2019, 262 students participated in our summer training programme at our Taq Taq site. Genel aims to continue its collaboration with the University in the future through the sponsorship of a series of scientific forums.

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