Featured projects (a closer look)Click on the pictures to read more about our featured projects. Read about all our projects below.
Overview of Projects
Since the start of TAUW Foundation, 10+ dream projects have been honoured. On this page, you can find summaries of our projects.
Management of Lead Contaminated Sites in Bangladesh
Better remediation strategies ultimately improve lives
The informal recycling of lead-acid batteries in developing countries causes severe lead contamination of soil resulting in permanent IQ loss among local children. This is also the case in Bangladesh where exposure to lead causes more than 4% of all annual deaths. The World Bank estimates there are over 1,100 lead-contaminated sites in the Bangladesh. Pure Earth has already successfully conducted initial lead remediation projects improving the lives of 300 residents and demonstrating that remediation is feasible and cost-effective. This project aims to further improve and expand remediation strategy in order to increase awareness and build capacity for replication within the government of Bangladesh, and to directly improve the lives of residents, particularly children.
Gaming for climate change awareness
Building the Energy Escape Room
The “Escape bus” is an initative from a Dutch energy supplier to help support the energy transition. People are welcomed in the Energy Escape Room, a ‘mobile space’ where people experience the threats of climate change through games and puzzles. The Energy Escape Room aims to raise awareness for climate change on a practical level (how to lower energy usage in your house; how to install solar panels and so on) and give people ideas on how to find solutions. With the help of the TAUW Foundation, the University of Applied Sciences of Arnhem, the Province of Gelderland and ZutphenEnergie an autobus was transformed into a mobile escape room. The itinitative will continue with the help of 40 local energy cooperations. You can rent the Escape Bus via the website www.samenom.nl (in Dutch).
You can read more about this project on their website (information in Dutch).
Jan Terlouw lectures
In December 2016, in honour of his 85th birthday, Jan Terlouw – a former Dutch politician – gave a short speech on National Television, which touched the hearts of the viewers. The message: a sustainable society based on trust. He appealed to younger generations to take the lead. This fragile monologue made an impact and can be seen as a counter-sound towards the Dutch political populist movements. The result is an annual event in the Deventer Theatre comprising of a duo-lecture by a young Future Maker and a renowned speaker who will give their vision on the world of tomorrow. The purpose of the lectures is to establish dialogue between generations and to encourage action to contribute to a more sustainable world. In addition to the annual lecture, the Deventer Theatre offers a weekly stage to a young thinker, doer or maker. Forty new Future Makers are scheduled for 2019.
You can look back the speech on Youtube.
Supporting community-based energy-initiatives
Advising on discontinuation of gas for heating appliances
This proposal aims to support community-based energy initiatives in the Netherlands by providing professional advice on developing bottom-up strategies for the discontinuation of gas for heating. Instead, the focus should be on sustainable heating sources. The idea is to assist at least five energy cooperatives in the Netherlands with the development of a strategy for the use sustainable heating sources in 2019 and 2020. Together with Atrivé and TAUW, they worked together with local communities and local energy organizations to find appropriate solutions. Virtual Reality (VR) was used to visualize the options to local residents.
Youth forest conservation in Malawi
Creating a future while conducting environmental conservation.
The project will use youth forest conservation initiatives to provide socio-economic and ecosystemoriented solutions for the benefit of the youth, communities and the environment. It will basically aim to enhance conservation of forests while also capitalising on some forest value chains in a way of empowering youth economically. Under this project, Youth Act Club (YAC), together with Multiconsult Africa seeks to:
1. Venture into agriculture by introducing beehives in the forest and establishing a honey processing and packaging facility that will enable the YAC to supply honey on the market.
2. Venture into mushroom production: mushrooms will be graded and packaged for selling on the market. To acquire knowledge on mushroom production and its associated value chain, a mushroom production training at LUANAR University will be followed.
3. Introduce flowers and other flowering plants in the forest to create a safe haven for pollinators that are threatened by habitat loss from depletion of vegetation.
You can read more about this project in this news article.
Innovative lead remediation of playgrounds in Oykamar, Indonesia
Cleaning up contaminated soil and creating a healthier village
Oykamar is a village in Central Tajikistan that was built on the grounds of a former (Russian) pesticide distribution centre. That is why Oykamar is currently not a healthy village: its soil is severely contaminated. Children play barefoot on this soil and villagers consume vegetables that grew in contaminated topsoil. The aim of this project is to meaningfully improve living conditions in Oykamar by cleaning up the contaminated hotspots.
Learn more about this project via a Prezi presentation.
Increasing the access to water and light in Senegal
A combined effort to increase access to water and solar energy suburban and rural communities.
This project aims to increase access to both water and solar energy in suburban and rural communities in Senegal. The idea is to combine the network of sales points of two social business: Little Sun and Access to Water Foundation. Little Sun is manufactures and distributes solar lamps and Access to Water Foundation implements water treatment and jobs creation programmes in low income communities. In the training of new sale entrepeneurs they wanted also to empower women. The project created new partnership between the parties and had a large, continuing impact for the people of Senegal.
You can read more about this project on their website.
Supporting the energy transition of business parks
Developing a roadmap for other business to follow and become more sustainable
The objective of this proposal is to support business parks in the Netherlands with professional advice to develop a fossil free energy system. These business parks can serve as an example for other business to make their business greener. The project aims to develop a generic roadmap and/or infographic for business to follow.
Learn more about measures in one of the parks in this interview on YouTube (in Dutch).