The Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF) was established in May 2008 through a partnership with Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) and the Ahafo Social Responsibility Forum to support community development programs near Newmont’s Ahafo mine in Ghana.
Newmont contributes USD$1 per ounce of gold produced and 1 percent of net profits from the Ahafo mine to NADeF, which supports key areas, including human resources development, economic empowerment, infrastructure development, natural resource protection programs, cultural heritage and sports and social amenities.
Felix Baffour Agyebinti, an 18-year-old native of Wamahinso, is in his first year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s medical school in Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently undertaking his practicum (similar to an internship) at International SOS, the hospital contracted by Newmont Ghana at the Ahafo mine, and is on track to soon realize his ambition of becoming a medical doctor and owning a medical clinic within his community.
Felix is one of several recipients of a NADeF scholarship, which supports high-potential students from communities near the Ahafo mine.
The scholarship award provided his parents with the necessary financial assistance to see him through his basic and secondary education to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor.
“I know I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, but making it to the medical school wouldn’t have been possible if I wasn’t taken on by the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation,” said Agyebinti. “Now my family won’t have to take loans or borrow money to put me through school.”
He sees NADeF as a source of hope for the community, especially for the young men and women who want to see a transformation in their lives and make a difference in their communities.
While in medical school, the future doctor hopes to give back to his community by organizing his colleagues to run health talks and mini-clinics for community members.
To date, more than 2,300 students in both second cycle and tertiary institutions (high school and college/university equivalents) have benefited from NADeF scholarships.