A Hand Up (At Tax Time)

2020 and 2021 has been a tough time for Australia. . . . but it been even tougher for many in developing countries in our region.

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As well as the COVID- 19 pandemic they have had to deal with issues such as no access to safe drinking water.

With hospitals full of COVID patients those with water borne diseases have found it almost impossible to have treatment.

This makes our Safe Water for Every Child Program even more vital in protecting health.

DAA’s SmartAid helps people recover from major disasters when what little money they have has been exhausted during lockdowns.

Not A Hand Out

The international aid we deliver is based on delivering a Hand Up, not a Hand Out.

We provide SkyHydrant Filters. . . . but expect the local people to provide a suitable building and participate in the construction.

We buy materials, and provide advice but the recipients are expected to organise the repair and rebuilding of their homes themselves.

This approach means that we provide Great Value for every dollar donated.

If you can help our international neighbours in these tough times click on the link below;

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

Rebuilding Pamanukan Houses

Back in April we posted about the floods in Pamanukan, Indonesia.

Since then rebuilding of homes, with help from our Smart Aid grants has been underway.

The RC Bandung Pakuan through their President Tanti Mariani and Rotarian Honey Kurnia have been our partners in this project.

The local catholic church has been involved in managing the day-to-day activities including purchasing materials locally . 

The church has had previous experience helping people repair their homes including:

  • Dealing with government department.
  • Purchasing repair materials.
  • Helping the affected people carry out the repairs.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver Smart Aid to people in need in developing countries during the pandemic click on the link below;

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

COVID Aid for Nepal

The situation in Nepal is in dire straits with the new infections and deaths rising.

The government of Nepal has made all hospitals reserve at least 20% of its bed for patients infected with Covid.

This includes the Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital, a specialist hospital in Nepal treating leprosy patients.

This hospital, normally undertakes surgeries and reconstructive surgeries for leprosy patients in Nepal and neighbouring regons of India. 

There is now an urgent call for help from the Anandaban Hospital as they have to aquire resources for, and set up to treat COVID patients. 

Through our friends, The Leprosy Mission Australia, we will be supporting the Ananbadan Hospital based on our SmartAid principles of delivering the aid that people want.

Our support will allow the hospital to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to protect their medical and front line staff as well as other patients.

If you want to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver SmartAid to those most affected by the COVID pandemic click on the link below;

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

Myanmar Coup Update

SkyHydrant on the move

Since the coup in Myanmar in February life has been tough for many of the ethnic groups in the country.

Villages of the Karen people have been under frequent attack by the army.

This has meant that the people have had to leave their homes and retreat to the forest on the border between Myanmar and Thailand.

The SkyHydrants provided through our partner ‘Safe Water for Every Child Myanmar‘ have been moved with the displaced people.

This illustrates a key advantage of the SkyHydrant in areas affected by conflict.

The units can be rapidly relocated and set up quickly to make river water safe to drink.

Temporary set up.

Safe Water for Every Child Myanmar is using the money donated through Disaster Aid Australia for these two GEM Rapid Response Packs which will be on their way in the next few days.

The units with the smaller GEM SkyHydrant, tank used as the ‘packaging’, and a kit of parts will make it much easier to change location quickly, and set up a temporary system.

If you want to support ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects why not visit our DONATE PAGE

Thanks To Rotary Clubs

Disaster Aid Australia is only able to continue delivering aid thanks to the dedication of Rotarians around Australia.

To show the effort that many clubs go to raise funds we are featuring the Rotary Club of Dromana

The Club, located on the Mornington Peninsua in Victoria, runs a monthly community market.

Every month their stand features DAA and our SkyHydrant Projects.

Dromana is just one of many clubs that help us by seeking donations, and/or providing a grant from their fundraising activities.

Our founding Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills pays our office rent, which means that more money from outside donations can go to aid

Next time you contribute to a fundraiser, or buy a sausage at Bunnings you might be helping DAA deliver Safe Water for Every Child or SmartAid following a disaster, or the COVID pandemic.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia directly click on the link below;

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

India’s COVID Crisis

Over the past two weeks the horrific extent of India’s COVID crisis has been brought into sharp relief

Current Situation

As at the 5th May reported new cases exceeds 400,000 per day.

Since the Pandemic began 230,000 deaths have been recorded with the official estimates being almost 4,000 deaths every day.

Due to the extreme pressure being placed on the Indian Health services, and many people dying before they can be diagnosed, it is believed that the actual cases and deaths are many times higher than the official figures.

Disaster Aid’s Smart Aid Response

Disaster Aid Australia as a small Rotary based charity aim to work with partners to make a real difference to smaller communities that might otherwise miss out on support.

Typically these are the more rural areas.

Disaster Aid has a long standing relationship with the Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai and the Diganta Swaraj Foundation through a project to provide Safe Water for Every Child to rural schools.

The Diganta Swaraj Foundation and the Rotary Club are currently involved in assisting the districts of Mokhada, Jawhar and Vikramgad in the Palghar region.

Disaster Aid Australia will be providing a grant to the Diganta Swaraj Foundation to help them purchase vital supplies.

How You Can Help

All donations to Disaster Aid Australia helps us to continue to deliver cost effective help through our international partners to countries most affected by the pandamic.

Will you help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver COVID aid click on the link below;

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

Congratulations to Balay Mindanaw

On the 8th May we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the founding of our partner in the Philippines, Balay Mindanaw.

We have been working with Balay Mindanaw from soon after Disaster Aid Australia was formed in 2010.

Initially we worked together on disaster response for the many typhoons and earthquakes that affect their region, causing massive devastation, as shown in this photograph.

Our early aid was based on providing tents and water filters.

Our experiences taught us to find out what people really wanted, so we developed Smart Aid, and now typically buy building materials locally to help people rebuild their own homes.

Seeing the improvements in community health following the installation of our SkyHydrant water filters we then initiated our ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ program.

With Balay Mindanaw we have now installed over 75 SkyHydrants, protecting 10’s of thousands of people across Mindanao.

It is thanks to our partnership we are able to provide cost effective aid to the Philippines.

But Balay Mindanaw does much more than work with Disaster Aid Australia.

It is a Mindanaoan-led NGO whose core peacebuilding program is supported by Misereor.

Over the years it has also evolved into a family of NGOs that is simply called the Balay Mindanaw Group

The group is engaged in community wealth creation, social enterprise, micro-finance, technical vocational courses, and sustainability initiatives.

The heart of their program is community-based and barangay (village)-focused work for equity, development, resilience and peace.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver aid to the Philippines click on the link below;

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

Value For Your Donation

With the end of the Tax Year and the Rotary Year coming quickly we would like to remind potential supporters of how Disaster Aid Australia continues to have a cost effective impact.

Delivery Through the Pandemic

Although the pandemic has made the delivery of international aid difficult, our network of trusted partners has meant we have continued to deliver.

The video below gives an appreciation of our activities.

How We Minimise Costs

The Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills provides support to this club project by meeting the office rent, in addition to donating to our projects.

A very large part of the administration, marketing, and aid delivery work is carried out by volunteers with over 2,000 hours a year being donated to the organisation. (Only 0.6 full time equivalen paid staff)

We train local people in the countries where we work, which limits the amount of travel we have to fund.

We buy aid materials in country rather than pay high freight costs.

This means that the percentage of donations spent on aid is maximised.

The Results

We deliver ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ for less than $1 /per person/year.

Our ‘SmartAid‘ provides enough materials for affected people to rebuild their homes for $1,000.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver cost effective international aid you can donate at the link below;

DONATE

Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

Timor Floods Response

In early April our northern neighbour Timor Leste was hit by the biggest floods in 50 Years.

As well as the immediate devastation a major issue was the lack of safe drinking water.

Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrants have been used to provide clean bacteria free water in several locations with substantial contributions from many partners.

‘Balibo House Trust’ and ‘Engineers Without Borders’

In 2020 Disaster Aid Australia provided 5 SkyHydrants to Balibo House Trust. (3 provided at cost and 2 donated) to be used for schools and communities around Balibo

With the disruptions due to the pandemic it had not been possible to complete the permanant installation and the units were still in storage.

Engineers Without Borders, who have people based in Timor Leste, were able to collect the SkyHydrants, on loan, and set up a temporary safe water supply.

DAA assisted with technical advice.

Rotary Projects East Timor

This West Australian based project is supported by the Rotary Club of Kwinana and Rotary District 9465;  with additional support from the Rotary Club of Philip Island and San Remo and Disaster Aid Australia.

The project had a SkyHydrant which has been urgently installed in the Don Bosco Centre, Comoro.

This SkyHydrant is now supplying water to around 500 Students and to the local villagers.

DAA assisted during the installation and commissioning with advice by phone, e-mail, and our You Tube Videos.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to work with partners to help disaster affected people you can donate at the following link:

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Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.

   

Pamanukan Flood Response

During February and March large parts of the town of Pamanukan Indonesia was underwater.

Initial assistance to the community was provided by the Rotary Club of Bandung Pakuan.

As the flood waters dropped the damage to the homes of some of the poorer people of Pamanukan became apparent.

Disaster aid Australia was contacted by Rotary Club of Bandung Pakuan and ageed to provide Smart Aid funds for repair and rebuilding.

The funds will be used to pay for materials for the construction of basic houses which will have a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen and a toilet.

Construction is now well underway and is estimated to be 40% complete.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help the people of Pamanukan, and many other countries receive Smart Aid click on the link below;

DONATE

Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.