Nos Vies en Partage Foundation
Nos Vies en Partage roughly translates to
“Sharing Prosperity”, an ethos which lies
at the fundamental core of our foundation.
In 2010 the Nos Vies en Partage charity was borne out of an initiative by Randgold Resources CEO, Mark Bristow, and the group’s senior geologists. Subsequently, the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation was established in 2013 by African focused gold exploration and development company, Randgold Resources Limited, as a charitable foundation with the objective of tackling social development challenges which affect communities in the host countries where the company operates. Particular focus being on raising funds for those people, especially women and children, who do not benefit from the economic growth in Africa.
Nos Vies en Partage operates separately from Randgold Resources and Randgold’s own sustainable and charitable projects. The Nos Vies en Partage Foundation is administered by a council (akin to a company’s board) the chairman of which is Mr Philippe Liétard, the former Chairman of Randgold Resources Limited. The council’s rules are contained in the foundation’s own charter and regulations which set out the material objectives of the foundation which are summarised as follows:
- relief of poverty;
- promotion of education;
- promotion of primary health care
- advancement of food safety and food security
- creation of employment and training opportunities;
- provision of relief to areas affected by disaster and civil unrest;
- promotion of any other purpose beneficial to the community not otherwise covered above, including without limitation a safe environment.
Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow lead his fifth trans-Africa motorbike safari (the fourth under the Nos Vies en Partage banner) in a challenging cross-continental ride which started on the east coast at Mombasa in Kenya on 1 June 2016 and ended at Matadi in DRC on the west coast at the end of that month, having passed through or around the dense equatorial Congolese jungle as well as the origins of the Congo and Nile rivers, a 7 500 kilometre passage apparently never attempted on motorbike before.
Titled Safari Kwa Afrika Bora, Swahili for Journey for a Better Africa, the 2016 ride aimed to raise $3 million for the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation, an independent charitable foundation set up by Randgold in 2014, and headed by the company’s former chairman Philippe Liétard, which is mandated to help fight poverty in Africa, with a particular focus on needy women and children that have been left behind by society. Previous rides raised $2.5 million, which has been distributed to more than 55 entities in 15 different African countries. The ride passed through the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Foundation has already committed itself to the support of projects designed to support abused women and rehabilitate child soldiers as part of that country’s post-conflict reparation programme.