The BrITE Foundation is a charitable fund set up and run by employees of Royal HaskoningDHV. It draws on our collective social responsibility to help create a brighter world. The foundation supports projects that make life more sustainable for people and our planet. Employees may choose to donate a proportion of their salary to the fund for small-scale charitable projects proposed by employees. In 2019, BrITE contributed to two projects:
Mustard Seed Mobile Library, Xinjiang China
Rapid urbanisation in China has attracted many millions of migrant workers to Chinese cities. According to authorities in the country, one in six Chinese people is now a migrant. However, without a permanent urban residence, they are denied the right to public services like healthcare, housing and education so most choose to leave their children behind in villages. Studies show 7 out of 10 left-behind children in China suffer from mental trauma, depression or anxiety. The Brite Foundation has founded a small library for children in the rural village Xijiaoling in China providing books and cartoons for children every Saturday. This project supports SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).
Queen of Peace High School, Mpigi Uganda
Queen of Peace High School is a secondary school in rural Uganda. It was set up to offer disadvantaged young people the opportunity to get better jobs and outgrow poverty in an area where there had been no secondary education available. About 250 students between the ages of 13 and 23 attend the school which also provides literacy training and information about HIV / AIDS in the village. Nearby land is used to grow crops for food and to provide income for school supplies. As a result, the school now has a water pump, school building, exam hall, teachers’ and student residences. In the short term they need a laboratory and their toilet unit needs to be renewed. BrITE Foundation funded €7,500 to rebuild the toilet units, helping to ensure the health and hygiene of the students. The donation supports SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).
Royal HaskoningDHV Cycling Classic
Nearly 200 employees and clients took part in a cycling event to raise money for one of the BrITE Foundation charities. This year we raised €1,542 for the Queen of Peace High School.