The Ausenco Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Base Titanium and the Magaoni community in Kenya to build a multi-purpose hall for the Magaoni Secondary School.

The Ausenco Foundation’s contribution will partially fund the construction of the hall, which will improve facilities and learning options for students at the school and the surrounding communities. Base Titanium is providing the remaining funding and managing the local contractor currently undertaking the build.

Located near the Kwale Mineral Sands mine site, which is owned and operated by Base Titanium, Magaoni is the largest settlement and the service centre for seven villages in the immediate area. Base Titanium is currently building a secondary school on the site as part of its Special Mining Lease. Through local community feedback and support by the Government, the school has become a boarding school.

The multi-purpose hall idea was proposed by the local community to support the students, particularly boarders who cannot walk the long distances to and from school each day. Once completed it will provide covered space for learning, as well a kitchen and dining room area for the boarders.

Ausenco Foundation Chairman Zimi Meka said he was delighted to support the Magaoni community and partner with Base Titanium on this community initiative.

“The Ausenco Foundation believes that all children should have the opportunity to discover and develop their full potential, regardless of their location,” Mr Meka said.

“As well as being able to help students with their schooling; the strong involvement of the local community and the opportunity to partner with our client, Base Titanium on an initiative near a project we’ve got a long association with; provided compelling reasons for throwing our support behind the initiative.”

Ausenco’s history with the Kwale project includes the design of a wet concentrator plant and mineral separation plant as part of a definitive feasibility study in 2006 and a Create phase (EPCM) contract for Base Titanium which has run from 2011 – 2014.

Construction of the multi-purpose hall is expected to be completed by in May 2014 and opened for use by the students following procurement of kitchen and dining hall equipment and furniture. For more information on the Ausenco Foundation, please click here.

For more information on Base Titanium and the Kwale Mineral Sands project, click here.