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When you sponsor a site, you are enabling Blacksmith Institute to heal community suffering from pollution-related illness. 

As a sponsor, you facilitate the implementation of the full project work that Blacksmith Institute has researched, designed and planned.

Your sponsorship contribution is used to meet expenses such as materials, on-site staff, machinery, containment and treatment agents as well as health support for the community. As all of the Blacksmith Institute's overhead has already been taken care of through a generous donation, 100 per cent of your contribution goes directly to the site.

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PCB Clean-up and Removal, Guinea

Abandoned PCB capacitors from France, England, Germany and the US have contaminated approximately 3 acres in the center of Conakry. There have been significant observed impacts on human health and the environment because the water is entirely saturated with PCB waste. The black PCB oil runs directly through the site into a shallow channel that empties into the ocean. The site is within 100 yards of a village that relies on the water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

$40,000 will provide hauling equipment and containment units for the polluted soil.

Baia de Hanne, Senegal

This project takes the first steps to initiate the clean up of the most polluted region of Senegal - Hann Bay. The bay wraps around the industrial zone of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It is a highly populated area, with local residents bathing in the water, and numerous fishing boats along the crowded shore. Industrial pollution along the banks from 1968 - 1997 has rendered the bay exceedingly toxic. This work will fund and support a group both within the Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Environment to create a credible implementation plan that will install an industrial waste treatment plan for the factories of the Hann region. Once the effluent treatment plant is in operation, work can begin to remediate legacy contamination from historical toxins.

$50,000 will fund the stakeholder group and enable them to organize the full-scale remediation of the Bay as well as prepare for the construction of an effluent treatment plant.

Water Treatment & Remediation Planning, Russia

According to the Dzerzhinsk Committee of Environmental Control, the drinking water quality in some residential areas of the city does not meet minimal safety standards. The groundwater in this area was poisoned by Dzerzhinsk's Cold War-era factories responsible for the production of Sarin and VX gas. Chemicals and toxic residuals from those manufacturing sites are present in both ground and surface water.

$40,000 will provide a water filtration system for a village in Dzerzhisnk.

Dalnegorsk/Rudnaya Pristan, Russia

Dalnegorsk and Rudnaya Pristan are two towns in the Russian Far East whose residents suffer from serious lead poisoning from an old smelter and the unsafe transport of lead concentrate from the local lead mining site. Limited initial testing has revealed that children's blood lead levels are 8 to 20 times the maximum allowable U.S. Levels.

$45,000 will provide appropriate containment units for the lead concentrate as well as blood-testing kits to monitor children's lead levels.

Muslyumova Radioactive Sludge Removal, Russia

Muslyumova is located 30 km downstream from the Mayak Chemical Combine on the banks of the River Techa. It was the village most exposed to the Combine's unregulated radioactive discharges from 1949-1956. People living in this town were exposed to 240 millisievert (mSv) between 1950 and 1951 and in 1956 people received an average dose of 350 mSv (maximum exposure level 1mSv=100 mrem).

$35,000 will provide machinery and materials to cover and contain the most radioactive soil in Muslyumova.

Bichhri, India

This site, which was a small industrial estate (320 hectares or 791 acres) manufacturing dyes and dye intermediaries in the state of Rajasthan, was ordered closed by the government in 1990 (though manufacturing appears to have continued in some plants till 1995). It remains a significantly polluted place due to inadequate remediation post-closure. Indiscriminate surface dumping of sludge, along with irrigation with contaminated groundwater since 1989-90, has contributed to devastating soil contamination. According to the Centre for Science and Environment, the groundwater of Bichhri is stark red. And as the groundwater moves naturally to other aquifers, it pollutes that water as well. Seventy wells used by some 10,000 residents have been rendered completely useless, and the 22 villages are without any drinking water now.

$45,000 will supply drinking water to people affected by the legacy chemical contamination.

Cambodia Pesticides Project

Farmers and their families living surrounded the Tonle Sap Lake are being poisoned and food, water supplies and ecosystems polluted due to inappropriate pesticide use. Safety measures are often ignored or misunderstood. 88 per cent of 210 pesticide-using farmers interviewed recently had experienced symptoms of poisoning.

$55,000 will provide training in appropriate pesticide application and storage as well as awareness in alternatives to chemical pesticide usage.

Haina Lead Pollution, Dominican Republic

Haina has been referred to as the `Dominican Chernobyl'. Nearly the entire community living in the vicinity of a legacy automobile battery recycling smelter show signs of lead poisoning. Some experts claim that the population of Haina has the highest levels of lead contamination in the world. Empty battery casings, large piles of excavated lead slag and other debris litter the property.

$50,000 will provide machinery and staff to begin removing and treating contaminated soil from the community surrounding the site.