Deploying a socio-environmental project in the Brazilian Amazon
Aimed at improving the lives of people in and around Altamira in the Brazilian Amazon, WorleyParsons teams are delivering a USD 2 billion project that includes constructing new housing, schools, sanitation and infrastructure as well as shipyards, a fish market and beaches. The sanitation efforts alone supply water and sewage for 100,000 people. Education activities have improved schools for 34,000 students and created classrooms for 15,000 additional children. The local economy has been strengthened with the construction of two shipyards, formation of 60 workers’ organizations, 13 occupational health and safety courses, an artisanal fishing center and a fish market. Infrastructure improvements are vast, including the development of nine bridges, 32 kilometers of roads, six berths, the Natural Park of Altamira and three beaches. Extensive social monitoring and small business support has also bolstered this community. “Using our expertise to benefit communities is the greatest reward of our profession,” said Neil Robertson, regional managing director and Group Leadership Team representative.
Finding clean water for nearly 600,000 refugees in Bangladesh
A WorleyParsons team performed a critical geophysical exploration for drinking water in the Kutupalong, Leda and Nayapara refugee camps, which were facing acute water shortages due to the lack of rain. A team of five WorleyParsons hydro-physicists, under a consulting agreement for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, headed to Bangladesh to help find deeper wells. They used state-of-the-art mining and geophysical industry technology, such as: high resolution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery, daily mapping and 3D interactive, cloud-based visualization technology. Our team have been long term supporters of water exploration for refugee camps. In 2016 and 2017, their water exploration resulted in clean water for 60,000 of the 185,000 refugees in Kakuma; and for 8,000 returnees to 22 villages and health clinics in Northern Uganda. The WorleyParsons Foundation is supporting the drilling and hand pump installation of 10 wells in the most recent Uganda project. “We were able to save the United Nations High Commission for Refugees months of drilling and exploration when our mapped area revealed big differences to theirs. We also found new possibilities for excavating and expanding existing surface reservoirs,” explains Paul Bauman, an expert Geophysicist, based in Calgary.
Working to find sanitation solutions in Papua New Guinea
Colleagues from WorleyParsons and Advisian headed to the seaside community of Hanuabada to show how remote skills can be brought together to make a big difference to projects such as World Vision’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program in Papua New Guinea. In February 2018, three volunteers visited the coastal community of Hanuabada with three other volunteers providing expert technical input into the study from their respective offices. Under an arrangement with World Vision for provision of pro bono services, the volunteers led a feasibility study for the investigation and design of options for toilet systems to improve local sanitation conditions for the 12,000 people of Hanuabada. The WorleyParsons Foundation supported the non-labor costs and provided a donation to support the project execution. The team worked with World Vision and Asia P3 Hub to speak with various stakeholders in the community. “We were able to interview residents and meet and consult government representatives to gather insights while visiting existing toilet facilities,” says Rajiv Venkatraman, from Advisian in Melbourne. Our WASH experts have been invited to participate in the next phase of this project as well as other projects with World Vision in other countries.
Mumbai volunteers set up a bright future for six small villages
Over the past four years, a team of volunteers from WorleyParsons’ Mumbai office have had a significant impact on six humble villages on the outskirts of Mumbai, bringing much needed clean water, power and schooling facilities to the community. The Maya and Vishwas (meaning ‘hope’) projects were initially supported by WorleyParsons India in 2014 and became our benchmark WorleyParsons Foundation projects. Our passionate team of volunteers led by Jackin Ganger worked directly with the community to provide school infrastructure along with water and power for the remote communities. What started as one school on the outskirts of Mumbai has since grown to a total of four by the end of 2017 and two more community schools were updated in 2018. One of the principal objectives of the WorleyParsons Foundation is to bring about significant and sustainable changes in the lives of the underprivileged by undertaking life-changing projects for communities that will benefit their women and children in particular.