BrITE Foundation | Royal HaskoningDHV

People working at Royal HaskoningDHV want to make a real difference in the world. That’s why our employees through the BrITE Foundation contribute their own time, individual expertise and private money. The Foundation delivers small-scale charity projects for people and planet, close to their hearts and field of expertise. This is a commitment they choose to make; not because they have to. Our employees care about positively impacting the lives of vulnerable people and improving their living environment. The BrITE Foundation enables our employees to enhance society.

 

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Marcel Nijssen

Treasurer of the BrITE Foundation

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Revive Lake Cathie, Australia

The first BrITE project initiated by the Royal HaskoningDHV colleagues down under. The severe bushfires of late 2019 heavily impacted the already vulnerable koala population of Queensland. The Revive Lake Cathie organisation took it upon themselves to look after injured koalas and other wildlife in the fire affected areas. With help from the BrITE Foundation it installed wildlife cameras to monitor the koalas after their release back into the local nature reserve. The cameras will help towards enabling a database to be established of wildlife especially koalas and the monitoring of the flora in Lake Cathie, Lake Innes and Queens Lake Nature Reserves to prevent reoccurring fire devastation.

Image: Revive Lake Cathie on Facebook 

BrITE Foundation - Mozambique

Beira Relief during COVID-19, Mozambique

Cyclone Idai severly damaged the Beira region in Mozambique in 2019. Within the Royal HaskoningDHV organisation donations were collected and doubled by the BrITE Foundation. 
The BrITE Foundation decided to provide relief in form of sponsoring the local ESMABAMA organisation. BrITE's donation enabled ESMABAMA to purchase sanitary materials for the health centre in Mangunde in the Beira region. By improving the sanitary facilities, the chances of communities to cope with sickness like COVID-19 and other diseases in the cyclone affected area are improving.

Image: ESMABAMA on Facebook

Family homes Indonesia

During the multiple earthquakes on Lombok in 2018, half of Peduli Anak’s (a non-governmental organisation in Lombok, dedicated to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children in Indonesia) facilities were damaged, incl. children homes, the kitchen and school building. The BrITE Foundation donated € 7.500 to Peduli Anak for rebuild the family homes homes with solar panel to make these self-supporting. Helping Peduli Anak to save on their electricity bills, that can be spent on the children and the care for them.

Photo: The Foundation of five of the seven houses is done. Needless to say the children are beyond thrilled.

BriTE Foundation - project Australia

Create new opportunities for Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience

This Aussie project will invest in satellite telecommunications infrastructure to create new opportunities for Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Karrke is an Indigenous owned tourism business located in the remote Watarrka region, 350 km south-west of Alice Springs in Central Australia, Northern Territory. Karrke currently employs three local people and provides on the job experience to four part-time community members (community development program). This investment in infrastructure will assist to increase regional capability, local employment, opportunity to undertake training and development and showcase the benefit of shared investment in the Watarrka region through partnership and collaboration. BrITE foundation in cooperation with other partners provided the funding to purchase the satellite communication equipment.

Governance

The BrITE Foundation is a charitable fund set up and run by employees to create positive impact on the world. The BrITE Foundation is managed by the Board of the BrITE Foundation. Royal HaskoningDHV employees can donate to the fund through contributing a proportion of their salary to the fund for charity projects. Employees exclusively can also put forward a project to the Board who will decide if the project is eligible for funding. The BrITE Foundation observes Royal HaskoningDHV’s integrity code.

Photo: Royal HaskoningDHV employee who succesfully put forward the purchase of books, furniture and computers for childeren in rural Xijiaoling (China): “It makes me proud to see the children have fun! See them enjoying themselves in the library!”