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.
THE SKILL MILL, UNITED KINGDOM
The Skill Mill is a social enterprise providing employment for young ex-offenders aged 16 to 18 in water and land-based management, helping to reduce flood risk and improve the local environment. In the process, The Skill Mill actively reduces reoffending while increasing engagement, participation, employability and educational levels of the young people to increase their chances in life. BrITE has donated more than €5,000 to The Skill Mill for protective clothing and boots for the young workers.
Over the course of six years to date (April 2021), The Skill Mill has employed almost 200 young people in the UK and 75% have progressed to further employment, education or training.
Image: The Skill Mill
Relief operation for the victims of typhoon Ulysses, Philippines
Together with the Royal HaskoningDHV team in the Philippines, the BrITE Foundation helped the victims of typhoon Ulysses in 2 barangays (administrative divisions) of Amulung municipality with relief goods. Hundreds of food packs, hygiene kits, goodie bags for kids, clothes and towels were handed out to the people of the barangays of Calamagui and Monte Alegre that were struck by this category 4 typhoon in November 2020.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s local team embarged on this relief operation instead of having their usual Christmas party; the BrITE Foundation matched their contribution with a donation of EUR 2,500.
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
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
EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT CHILDREN HOMES, INDONESIA
During the earthquakes on Lombok in 2018, many of Peduli Anak’s (a non-profit organisation for child welfare) facilities were damaged. Royal HaskoningDHV’s BrITE Foundation donated € 7,500 to build back better.
“Thanks to the support of Royal HaskoningDHV, we were able to rebuild our center for child welfare in an earthquake-resistant way. We built a total of 14 children homes, 2 schools, a clinic, kitchen and other supporting buildings in less than a year, providing hundreds of underprivileged children, orphans, children from abuse and dysfunctional families with a family-like care and housing.
Besides that, Royal HaskoningDHV has been one of our 3 main sponsors of the clean energy solar panel system, which provides almost all electricity during sunny days and backup power in the evening if the grid fails. All this support has made Peduli Anak to become one of the most advanced, safe and clean centers for children in Indonesia.” – Chaim Fetter, Founder Peduli Anak
© Photo: Peduli Anak
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.
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!”