Foundation Damen Support

We help our colleagues and their families in crisis, please work with us!

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Foundation Damen Support


The purpose of this foundation is to help our colleagues in need. We will raise funds in order to facilitate financial and operational support to Damen employees and their identifiable families, that are in or are affected by a crisis. Our first project will be to help those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.


We are one family. One Damen. We want to help colleagues in crisis. So, if the safety of our family members is in jeopardy, we act. At the time of writing, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the consequential war have turned many of our Ukrainian colleagues into evacuees. The Russian attacks are horrific atrocities and have caused immense devastation, fear, and suffering. We want to help because our colleagues at Marine Design Engineering Mykolayiv (MDEM) in Ukraine are highly valued in the Damen Shipyards group and have been a member of the Damen family since 2006. More than 200 employees work mostly on engineering services, but the MDEM portfolio has grown during these years.

What will we do?

To achieve this, we need funding. We will try to raise funds by reaching out to all Damen Stakeholders.

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What have we done?

Since February 2022, over 300 colleagues and their families have been evacuated to Romania and Poland. We have welcomed them and provided a safe place. After the first shelter in hotels, housing was found in apartments. A working spot was provided for colleagues who wanted to start their work again. First necessities were gathered by Dutch Damen employees and transported to Romania. Medical help is provided and children have been introduced in new schools.

Before, during and since the war

Stories from Ukrainian colleagues

In this video, Damen colleagues from Ukraine tell the stories of their lives before, during and since the war. Now, many of them are far from their homes and families. Some have chosen to stay behind, unwilling to leave their people and places they care about so much. All continue to face unprecedented challenges on a daily basis. The Foundation Damen Support is doing what it can to provide these people, and others like them, with continued support. Please help us to make a difference to those affected by war by making a donation to Foundation Damen Support today.
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Until now

Adults evacuated


Children evacuated


Money Raised


Humanitarian goods


Humanitarian transport


Housing provided


Foundation Damen support

News & updates

We will never forget this great help

Nataliia Turta

"1000 thanks to our Damen family for my special occasion! I was urgently evacuated from Mikolayiv, I gave birth to a wonderful daughter in Galati! Thank you for the fact that my children do not see the war! Also thanks for the daily support! In any questions! We have become one big family! Damen family!"

A huge thank you to Damen

Iryna Litvinova

"From my family I would like to say a huge thank you to Damen for the fact that my child is safe and now sleeps peacefully (this is the most important thing for me). Also, for organizing leisure activities for our children and families, helping with medicine, and ensuring a normal life. We will never forget this great help. And many thanks for the opportunity to work and be an employee of Damen."

My sincere gratitude

Olena Samarska

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the moral support and for the possibility to run away from the war with my family, for the accommodation, all the small and big things necessary in everyday life, for the medical support and the possibility of medical testing, and for the interesting entertainment for our children."

Any questions?

If you have any questions on, or ideas for, the foundation please feel free to contact us at