Helping to secure a future for seagrass, United Kingdom

In April 2022, the BrITE Foundation made a donation of 10,000 euros to Project Seagrass. This organisation is a global facing environmental charity devoted to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems through research, community and action. The money has been used to purchase a temperature-controlled seed storage unit at the seagrass nursery in Wales. This refrigerated container will allow Project Seagrass to store more seeds at stable temperatures for the short-term and to trial long-term storage if needed. The work Project Seagrass do is very much needed as marine wildlife and global communities depend on seagrass meadows which are in decline.

Making a positive impact on the environment: World Cleanup Day

In 2022, the BrITE Foundation again partners with World Cleanup Day, a one-day annual global event aimed at creating awareness and combating the global litter problem. In 2021, in more than 40 locations across the globe, our colleagues made a positive impact on their communities and the environment by collecting 860 bags of garbage. Let’s see what we can do this year.

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Fostering friendship on a wave: Disabled Surfers Association, Australia

In Australia, BrITE supported the Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) Sydney who aim to help hundreds of people with disabilities back into the water. In 2022, BrITE provided AUD $6,000 to purchase two accessible surfboards and a beach wheelchair. DSA Sydney is a purely voluntary organisation established in 1986 when, after a motorcycle accident, founder Gary Blaschke realised that many people with disabilities faced difficulties getting into the water at the beach due to lack of infrastructure and support. Through various events, DSA Sydney helps members to (renew) interest in surfing and to become part of a community again. 

Bringing electricity to a rural community hospital in Cambodia

In cooperation with the Raise and Support the Poor organisation, BrITE sponsored a solar energy project in Cambodia. In 2022, solar panels were installed on top of the roof of a newly built community hospital and solar lighting was installed in the street. Sustainable energy is vital for the daily tasks in the hospital and bringing electricity to this rural community will improve people’s quality of life. Over 10,000 people in the community benefit from it. 

 
Photo: Raise and Support the Poor
 

Supporting families forced to flee their homes in Ukraine

In March 2022, the BrITE Foundation donated 50,000 euros to UN Refugee Agency UNHCR in support of the Ukrainian refugees following the appalling Russian invasion. Our thoughts are with all those affected and we hope that this contribution will help achieve some of the much needed support. UNHCR is busy providing food and water, medicine and shelter to refugees entering Poland and other neighbouring countries of the Ukraine. In addition they provide humanitarian and protection assistance to those who have been affected in the areas hardest hit by the war within Ukraine.

Contributing to a safe and supportive school environment, Kenya


In 2021, BrITE supported the Macheo Children’s Organization in Kenya with the donation of 240 desks to various primary schools. In Kenya, a considerable number of pupils in primary schools study in bad conditions due to poor infrastructure. This makes it harder for them to perform well. With help from the BrITE Foundation, Macheo was able to provide 240 desks and 480 children got a place to sit and write on. This has created an inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for pupils by ensuring they are learning in a comfortable environment. The provided desks also went a long way towards maintaining the much-required social distancing in schools (less pupils sit at one desk), therefore, making it much safer for children to learn.
Photo: Marnix Huis in 't Veld

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.

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.