As a dream that began with $20 and a group of friends, we have always believed in rolling up our sleeves and working for our income. This has resulted in innovative fundraising streams such as our heavy scrap metal recycling. Monthly, two of our senior board members lead a volunteer team which collects and recycles steel from generous local businesses. To date, we have scrapped almost thirty tons of scrap metal. As well as a valuable revenue source, we see this as our contribution to promoting sustainability in the community which helped us grow.
Similarly, every month we recycle cans and bottles donated to us from Townsville locals and community groups. This provides us with great opportunities to engage with our community and expand our commitment to sustainable practices. After all, the principles of sustainability lay at the very core of our work and vision - we have provided a new life for over 229 digital devices which would otherwise have ended up in landfill. All of the laptops we place at the fingertips of a generation of future leaders are professionally recycled and refurbished. We are committed to not only reducing e-waste but repurposing it.
Operating in challenging environments across foreign borders and cultural chasms is not easy and process must always match passion. In acknowledging these difficulties, our board has been committed to developing robust standard practices which reflect the ethical and professional standards of our LiteHaus brand. Having registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Queensland Office of Fair Trading the previous year, in 2019, we became a DGR-status registered charity with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Procedures for our day-to-day operations and project work are dictated by a robust 60-page Standard Operating Manual which the board revisits regularly as we grow. A Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy are both in place which inform ethical standards in our practices. Any new in-country partners or volunteers are vetted against DFAT's Consolidated List. In order to maintain exceptional operational performance, our Director of Operations conducts a comprehensive Internal Audit every November before our financial reports are externally audited in January.