The Ausenco Foundation aims to make a positive and sustainable difference to the people in the communities in which we live and work.
Through the generosity of Ausenco Limited and our people, we seek to work with communities to improve their conditions in a sustainable way.
Our focus is on providing a hand-up, not a hand-out:
The involvement of our people and the local community are essential elements of any Ausenco Foundation initiatives. It’s our way of giving back through our time and other resources.
In any community there are many, many worthy charitable causes, but unfortunately we cannot assist them all. For this reason, we do not provide funding for unsolicited requests for sponsorship or donations. We are also quite specific in which initiatives we will support.
We operate under the Ausenco corporate values, and in addition, we:
The Ausenco Foundation's Australian-based charitable entities are also registered by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, and as such are eligible to display the Registered Charities Tick.
In 2017/18 we've continued to develop our relationship with Durack State School (20 minutes from our Brisbane, Australia office). As well as our third year of sponsorship of the Books in Homes program at the school, which is proven to help improve children’s literacy skills and helps develop a love of books and reading; our engineers have visited the school to participate in a robotics workshop run by QUT’s (Queensland University of Technology) "Extreme Science Van" and a special "Robotics Challenge" event run by the Durack State School Year 5 Extension class.
In Canada the Ausenco Foundation has been supporting Habitat for Humanity and their beneficiaries for more than four years. This has continued during 2017 with financial donations and Ausenco volunteers being involved in home builds in Calgary and Vancouver and an additional initiative to occur in Burlington in late 2017. The builds provide our employees with opportunities to be “hands on” as they give the new home owners a “hand-up” to create their own home.
During 2017 the Ausenco Foundation has been supporting “Project Rum Rum” implementation in Villa El Salvador elementary schools, Peru. Run by Caritas Graciosas, the project aims to train teachers from national elementary schools in vulnerable areas of Lima city. The “Rum Rum” bus visits the schools and with participation by parents, teachers, children and community volunteers, children learn about different topics and concepts through investigation and hands on discovery. Volunteers from our Lima office have been involved in a number of activities and visits including expert mentoring, “Bus Rum Rum” and storytelling day. It is estimated that more than 1,300 children and 55 teachers have benefited from our involvement in this project this year.
And that’s only the beginning. The Ausenco Foundation will continue to help build stronger communities by supporting community development initiatives in the years to come.