KAVAJ donates €35,000 for the planet

It’s time to give back.

The fact that we’ll be donating more than €35,000 again this year has nothing to do with Christmas. It’s about knowing that we have to take action to care for our planet. It’s about the desire to give something back. It’s about the need to support those who are themselves taking action for our environment and our planet. It’s about our membership of 1% for the planet.

What is 1% for the planet?

We have been members of the 1% for the planet organization for many years. By being members we are obligated to donate 1% of our annual turnover to charitable non-profit-organizations listed by 1% for the planet. We had decided amongst our team last year in favor of splitting this donation into 3 so as to provide financial support to 3 organizations: Engineers Without Borders, Protect Our Winters (POW) and Sea Shepherd.

We will also be supporting these 3 same organizations through our donations on the close of the 2013/2014 fiscal year. As our turnover in the 2013/2014 fiscal year was €3,576,044.78, this is how our financial support will be provided:

Infographic: KAVAJ donates €35,000

Engineers Without Borders

Ingenieure-Ohne-Grenzen-e.V We’re supporting this Engineers Without Borders‘ project through a €11,920.15 donation:

Tanzania: Technical support for Chonyonyo High School

This is related to creating a boarding school for girls in Karagwe, Tanzania. Up until now it’s mainly been the privilege of young boys to be given the chance of attending high school, as women and girls usually have to help out in the home or in agricultural work. Creating an educational establishment for girls is urgently needed to also be able to secure the life chances of women and girls.

Engineers Without Borders are supporting this project run by the MAVUNO Project organization by, for instance, installing and enhancing sanitary provisions with dry composting toilets, a water supply and a biogas supply. Additionally, Engineers Without Borders were able to make use of a new engineering technique that is of great ecological importance. This is related to the new use of CSEB (Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks). These are building materials that are subject to massive mechanical pressures, which replaces the, to date, partially clay-fired brick building. Which is good for the environment for a number of reasons:

  1. Less timber has to be cleared, which would have had to be used for the clay-firing process. To get a perspective: Some 0.5 hectares of timber are needed, in order to burn the required amount of clay to build a standard classroom in East Africa.
  2. Less CO2 is produced. According to figures from Engineers Without Borders, creating one metric tonne of CSEB produces only approx. 22 kg of CO2. When building standard clay-fired brick buildings, however, approx. 200 kg CO2 is produced.
  3. Less cement is used. Cement represents a significant cost factor across many East African countries as this building material has to be transported over very large distances. A wall made from clay-fired bricks needs significantly more of this costly building material than a wall made from CSEB, as the following image illustrates.
The use of CSEB

Left: clay-fired bricks, right: CSEB

We are really happy to be able to help Engineers Without Borders with this worthwhile project by donating almost €12,000.


Sea Shepherd

Sea ShepherdJust as last year we’re supporting the Sea Shepherd organization by donating €11,920.15 towards the following project:

Operation Sleppid Grindini

This is related to a campaign to protect pilot whales on the Faroe Islands. The organization has written about this on their website:

“Sea Shepherd, the leading direct-action marine conservation organization in the world, has led the opposition to the grind since the 1980s. This year, Sea Shepherd volunteers will descend on the “Ferocious Isles” – patrolling land and sea. We will stand strong in our mission: bring the grind to a grinding halt.” Source: sea-shepherd.org 24.12.15

Sea Shepherd has sent us a video providing more information about the campaign, which provides a really vivid account of the pilot whale. As this video has very harsh content and shows images that may shock people, we’re only showing you a screenshot of the video here and link to the full video here.

Video Pilot Whale Slaughtering

“As many as 1,000 long-finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faroe Islands each year. The slaughter occurs mainly during the summer months in so-called “traditional” communal drive hunts that locals refer to as “grindadráp” or simply, “the grind”. More accurately this practice should be called what it truly is – mass slaughter. (…)

As Sea Shepherd entities returns to the Faroes for Operation Sleppid Grindini 2015, our goal remains the same: bring the grind to a grinding halt. Supported by a dedicated team on land and at sea, the campaign will encompass conducting investigations and documentation, providing education and local outreach, and spreading awareness through global media. Just as we have shone an international spotlight on the cruel and now infamous drive hunt of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, we will expose the horrors of the grinds in the “Taiji of the North,” applying more global pressure than ever before to end the bloodshed.” Source: sea-shepherd.org 24.12.2015

We also think that this project is a truly worthwhile one and are happy to also be able to support Sea Shepherd by donating almost €12,000.


Protect Our Winters

Protect our Winters (POW)The third organization that we’re supporting by donating €11,920.15 viz. 13,394.73 USD is called Protect Out Winters. And we also supported this organization last year.

We’re not supporting one individual project, but are instead supporting the entire organization. In this way we are one of a number of foundation partners, just like other well-known companies. To illustrate what POW stands for, here’s a video on the “hot planet, cool athletes” campaign that we supported through our donation last year.

“The past decade has been the warmest on record, with 2015 the warmest year ever. Meanwhile, the northern hemisphere has already lost a million square miles of spring snowpack since 1970—an area the size of three Texases.  Snow levels are rising and winters are shorter. Climate change is already  affecting winter.” Source: protectourwinters.org  23.12.15

Climate change is here. 2015 was the warmest year ever, as POW wrote on their website.

Source: protectourwinters.org  23.12.15

Current concentration of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphereThe current concentration of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere is 400.16 ppm. A safer level would be one that’s under 350 ppm.

We’re really happy to be supporting POW again this year by donating almost €12,000 viz. approx. 13,000 USD in order to support the fight against climate change and for our winters and, above all, for our planet and our climate and to help POW bring about a change in society’s awareness of the climate and climate protection.

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