“We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
In a broad-based project in DR Congo, a 10-year, public private partnership (PPP) has been set up with the local dredging company “La Congolaise des Voies Maritimes” (CVM) to dredge the Congo River.
An important part of the PPP is that CVM will eventually have its own vessel and three crews so it can be self-reliant in the future.
Young people who are unable to find work are helped by the non-profit organisation De Steenschuit, which provides training courses in shipbuilding. The organisation is hoping that the ‘New Belgica’ will be ready for the Tall Ships Race in 2020.
DEME has been assisting the athletes taking part for the last four years by mobilising volunteers to help with the Special Olympics Health Athletes Programme (HAP), together with the Lions Club of Belgium. DEME also provides financial assistance to cater for the necessary equipment and logistics.
DEME supports the Namma Beach-Namma Chennai project, which aims to clean the beach at Injambakkam-Akkarai and the surrounding streets. The project has provided the local Injambakkam School with water taps, blackboards, sitting mats for the youngest pupils and tables with benches for the senior students.
SPEED Trust concentrates its efforts on one of the largest slums in Chennai where 2,600 families live. DEME is supporting various health and medical projects such as the SPEED Trust Dispensary, Hygiene & Health Education camps for children and it provides assistance for disabled people and widows by helping them find employment.
DEME sponsored an ambitious clean-up campaign in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Creeks, through its local joint venture DI-MEDCO, based in the United Arab Emirates.
During the 7-day campaign “Marine environment, our responsibility” approx. 45 tonnes of waste was recovered, including 28 shipwrecks, tyres, fishing nets and cages.
In recognition of its efforts, DI-MEDCO was honoured with a Marine Environmental Trusteeship Award presented by the event’s organisers.
Local employees from Dragabras, the Brazilian subsidiary of DEME, initiated a project to help underprivileged children from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. The DEME4Life Foundation made a donation so the NGO “Mais Caminhos” could purchase computer tablets for the organisation’s complementary Education Programme.
In 2016 the children were involved in several interesting projects using educational apps that raise awareness about the preservation of the oceans (close to DEME’s heart), avoiding pollution and about different species, fauna and flora.
“Raiz Mirim” is an educational and sociocultural organisation which provides support to families who have emigrated from Brazil to Belgium. Originally, this project focused on Brazilian children living in Belgium and provided a vital link to their homeland. Every week the children take part in creative and cultural workshops. Then the project further developed because it became clear that some of the families needed more support, so the Foundation also provides assistance for help with any psychological issues that children may be experiencing.
As well as offering funding, DEME4Life organises special outings for the families. “Raiz Mirim” was, for example, invited to take part in the launching ceremonies of the TSHDs ‘Minerva’ and ‘Scheldt River’.
“Take me to the sky, where I will be catching my dreams! Anything is possible at DEME… Creating land for the future all around the world or in our personal lives. DEME stands behind its employees, encouraging them to take on opportunities, to live healthy and be fit. This is for our benefit, jump on board and you will never look back. Commit to be fit and make a difference for yourself.”
DEME made a significant investment in its health platform Energy@DEME. Everyone who subscribed was given a pedometer, enabling them to count their steps and synchronise them to the platform. More than 2,000 colleagues are now linked in. And a distance of more than 2.5 million km was synchronised to the Energy@DEME platform by the end of 2016!
In early 2016, colleagues from the Congo River maintenance dredging project initiated a sportive endeavour to organise regular runs in the scenic hills around the port city of Boma. Both locals and staff enjoyed the picturesque paths amid the verdant tropical foliage. With bubbling enthusiasm and having put plenty of practice in, they were able to conquer the highest point of Boma, which is 291 m.
The Hercules Trophy is a renowned competition, organised all over the world between teams from different companies. The competition consists of a mix of teamwork, physical tests, tactics and agility. This year nearly 90 teams took part in the event, which was held in Antwerp. Three DEME teams participated, and one team ‘The Prodigies’ won and took home the trophy!