Our Mission:

To identify and clean up toxic pollutants
in poor communities around the world.

Problem Definition:

Toxic pollutants affect the health of
more than 200 million people worldwide.


Partner with local communities to clean up toxic hotspots,
prevent re-contamination and guard against future pollution.


We have cleaned up toxic pollution in 75 locations
improving the lives of over 4 million people.

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Recent Projects

Project: in Progress

Gorlovka, Ukraine

An abandoned, former state-owned and operated chemical plant in Gorlovka, Ukraine presented a major health threat to the town’s 200,000 residents. A cocktail of chemicals at the site – mainly mono nitro chlorobenzene (MNCB) and some 30 tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) were contaminating ground water and creating risk for potential explosion.

To remediate this site, Blacksmith has built a strong coalition of stakeholders including UNIDO, the EU’s Ukraine delegation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Green Cross Switzerland, the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, and the Mayor of the City of Gorlovka.

Project Details

Project: Completed

Zamfara, Nigeria

In 2010, more than 400 children under the age of five died, and hundreds more were confirmed to be at risk of death in Zamfara State, Nigeria. Blacksmith Institute, in collaboration with Federal and Zamfara State authorities, Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that the outbreak was caused by acute lead poisoning associated with artisanal gold ore processing.

From June 2010 to March 2011, Blacksmith Institute conducted environmental decontamination in seven villages in collaboration with Terragraphics and local authorities.

Project Details