Eliminating mercury usage in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mines, building a brighter future for their communities, and solving a major global environmental crisis.

Our Mission

GoldFinX (Singapore) provides alternative financing to Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mines (ASGM).

The GoldFinX team has witnessed first-hand the damage mercury has on the mining operations and the systemic threat it presents to the world through its wide use and contamination.

This is why we knew a change was needed and have proudly initiated The Heart of Mine Foundation, an entity dedicated to improving the lives and the land for mining communities worldwide and all the extending ecosystems affected.

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Chairwoman of the Council
President - Coeur de Mine


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Advisors

Our team of advisors brings a wealth of experience in social responsibility with a proven track record of making an impact on those who need it the most.

A SMALL INDUSTRY CAUSING
A HUGE GLOBAL MERCURY PROBLEM

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Mercury is poisoning life on land & in water everywhere

Over 2000 tonnes of mercury are released each year into the environment from small gold mines to produce only 600 tonnes of all the gold globally, thus creating the single largest source of man-made mercury emission on Earth.

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Struggling communities face atrocities and lost opportunities

More than 15 million people work in ASGM mines—including 4.5 million women and 600,000 children—and many working illegally with no rights. They are not in any position to question the use of mercury.

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Governments are losing revenue to unscrupulous middlemen

Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining represents 20% of the world's gold supply and is worth over USD 35 billion. This a perfect breeding ground for dangerous practices such as the use of mercury.

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“Mercury is considered as one of the top ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.”

MERCURY'S DEVASTATING EFFECT

Mercury intoxication manifests in neurological, kidney, and autoimmune impairment. Systemic absorption of elemental mercury via the lungs causes vomiting, headache, fever, and diarrhea. Even chronic, lower-level exposure to elemental mercury causes tremors and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, anorexia, depression, and memory problems.

Human exposure occurs mainly through inhalation of elemental mercury vapors during industrial processes and contaminated fish and shellfish consumption. Fish-eating communities often report profound disturbances in motor and mental development from newborns.

High amounts of mercury can lead to long-term and sometimes permanent neurological changes. The dangers are especially notable in young children who are still developing. Adults with mercury poisoning may have permanent brain and kidney damage.

THERE’S NO CURE FOR MERCURY POISONING.

COVID HAS MADE THIS ALREADY URGENT SET OF ISSUES EVEN MORE DIRE.

The price of gold hit a record high of $2,070.80 per ounce in August 2020 due to the threat to economies from the novel coronavirus.

As the gold price continues to rise, so does the demand for gold and products made with gold. The need for responsible and ethical gold mining also grows higher.

Current clean-gold frameworks and challenged legal systems spur growth in illicit mining operations. The rapid growth of gold prices during the pandemic risks further entrenching the serious issues already challenging ASGM communities globally.

INTERVENTION IS REQUIRED URGENTLY

ASGM NEEDS A PRACTICAL IMPACT PLAN TO REMOVE MERCURY,
HERE IS OURS

EDUCATION

Building safe & highly skilled local workforces with technical expertise and mercury awareness

SUPPLY CHAIN

Cleaning up ASGM supply chains, with a focus on mercury reduction and mining process interventions

HEALTH CARE

Providing access to mobile health care to treat mercury exposure and related health issues

ENVIRONMENT

Advancing research and practical solutions to remediate damage to the environment from mercury

EDUCATION: WE EMPOWER A BRIGHTER FUTURE THROUGH FUNDING, CAPACITY BUILDING, AND COMMUNITY TRAINING

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EDUCATION

Education to support safe mining practices, develop business skills, and create a path towards a better life.

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SKILLS

Trades skills for machine use and repair, infrastructure development and environmental risk assessment.

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TECHNOLOGY

Technology support and implementation to improve mining practices, efficiencies, and transparency.

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COMMUNITY

Community support and infrastructure to provide whole community benefits and programs.

SUPPLY CHAIN: WE PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO MERCURY
USE IN ASGM OPERATIONS

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TOOLS

Mobile sorting machines and equipment provided miners to remove the need for mercury in the mining process at no cost.

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PARTNERS

Working with like-minded partners like the Borax Project to provide additional tools, equipment, and techniques to remove mercury use in the mining process.

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TECHNOLOGY

Technology support and implementation to create mercury-free transparency and traceability.

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INNOVATION

Advancing and supporting mercury-free innovation for use in ASGM communities.

HEALTH: WE PROVIDE MOBILE HEALTH CARE AND SUPPORT ADVANCED
HEALTH RESEARCH ON MERCURY
USE IN ASGM COMMUNITIES

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ASSESSMENT

Mobile health care for all Heart of Mine communities to identify mercury contamination levels, address health impacts related to mercury exposure and overall condition of community members.

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TREATMENT

Health care team delivers treatment to address health issues and needs in Heart of Mine communities.

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AWARENESS

Mobile health care teams provide community education on the health risks associated to mercury exposure.

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RESEARCH

Heart of Mine support advancements on health research relating to mercury exposure.

ENVIRONMENT: WE SUPPORT
THE REHABILITATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE CAUSED BY MERCURY USE IN ASGM OPERATIONS

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AWARENESS

Raise awareness locally and globally on the impacts of mercury on the environment and humans. Test contamination levels and share results with community members.

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PARTNERSHIPS

Partner with environmental stewards, scientists, and organizations deploying preventative interventions and rehabilitating natural ecosystems damaged by ASGM operations.

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INNOVATION

Support innovation to remediate environmental damage caused by mercury use in ASGM communities.

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COMMUNITY

Participate in community discussion, projects and efforts to advance environmental clean up from mercury use in ASGM operations.

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“ASGM should not be viewed as a problem to be stamped out. Rather, efforts should focus on bringing miners into the formal economy and encouraging practices that do not use mercury and minimize negative environmental and social impacts.”

WITH OUR PARTNERS AND RESOURCES, WE IGNITE COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO ACHIEVE OUR SHARED GOAL TO REMOVE MERCURY FROM ASGM

GoldFinX and Heart of Mine Foundation partners contribute funds and in-kind resources

Industry

Mine Financiers

ASGM Investors

Private Donors

Private Foundations

Global NGOs

Governments

Heart of Mine Foundation follows and supports:

International Partner Programs
(e.g. Planet Gold, GEF, Borax Program)

International Certification Programs

International Agreements
(e.g. Minamata Convention)

Global supply chain transparency and credibility advancements

HoM Local Organizations work with local partners to deliver Heart of Mine programs while supporting globally as well

Heart of Mine Ivory Coast

Heart of Mine Bolivia

Heart of Mine Canada

and beyond…

IN PRACTICE...

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THE IMPACT OF OUR ACTIVITIES
IN THE NEXT 3 YEARS

2021

Funding of Heart of Mine Foundation (UK)
$3,500,000 Objective

2021 (Ivory Coast & Bolivia)

Complete first-stage of Heart of Mine program in Ivory Coast;
Initiate in Bolivia;
Build stakeholder partnerships with family offices, large corporations, celebrity foundations, luxury goods foundations

2022 (Ivory Coast, Bolivia, & Canada)

Advance Programs in Ivory Coast and Bolivia;
Initiate with First Nations Canada;
Execute partnership with major NGO dealing with mercury, the environment, and education

2023 (Expansion into Asia)

Geographical expansion to Asia, with further growth into Africa and South America;
Quickly increasing global network of beneficial NGO alliances

The time is now,
let's create change together!

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