The Rosebel Community Fund (RCF) aims to contribute to the Surinamese society, but especially the communities around the Rosebel operations. The foundation tries to achieve this goal by, among other things, financing projects and activities that stimulate sustainable development.
On April 7, 2022, we were able to celebrate together with the community of Marshallkreek, as they launched the building project of their new Kee Wosu (mourning house). Within Surinamese Maroon tradition, the Kee Wosu is a significant ancestral shrine, used for ritual purposes connected to burial ceremonies. Basja Julian Eersteling of Marshallkreek was very excited about reaching this milestone for his village. “This is the last house we will all visit on our way to the afterlife, and it gives me a good feeling that from now on when someone passes these events can take place in a beautiful environment,” he said. “We have been working on this project for the past 6 years before we finally applied to RCF for financing. So, this is a very important day for us, that we are now able to start building.”
There were several community members present for the commencement of this project such as Delvia Eersteling, Chairwoman of the Communication Committee of Marshallkreek, and representatives of the District Commissioner's Office. Joining the celebration from Rosebel, were Community Relations Officer, Mimosa Aboikoni and Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor Ratna Patandin.