Hear How Balibo House Trust Is Helping Timor Leste

Mr Robert (Rob) Hudson  founding Chair of Balibó House Trust is a major speaker at the DAA 2020 Conference.
The Trust honours the memories of the Balibo Five by working with the Balibo Community to enrich lives.

This year Disaster Aid Australia is supporting the trust by providing SkyHydrants to be included in safe water project.

Rob will be telling us how the Balibo Tragedy has been the inspiration now helping the people of Timor Leste since 2002.

Currently the Group General Manager, Programs and Policy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Rob was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2010.

During his time in Parliament, Rob was Chair of the Victorian Parliamentary Law Reform Committee, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport and the Arts, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.

Don’t miss Rob, and other interesting speakers, on Saturday 2nd May at the Dandenong Club

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For delegates arriving on Friday night there will be an informal ‘Meet and Greet’ at delegates cost at the DAA Office 92 Doveton Ave, Eumemmerring from 7.00pm

SkyHydrants For Balibo

These children in Balibo, and many more, will soon be enjoying Safe Water.

Photo by Balibo House Trust

Balibo House Trust has been working with Rotary and Spend it Well to construct new schools in the Balibo district.

Three schools have been built at Belola, Railuli and Falowai with a fourth in the planning stage.

The proposal includes providing safe water by installing SkyHydrants  and involvimg the local school community in their use and maintenance.

Disaster Aid Australia is providing two of the six SkyHydrants required at no cost to the project with the intention of becoming more involved in delivering safe water projects in Timor Leste.

Follow this link for more information about the Balibo House Trust 


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


Every year the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills, who founded Disaster Aid Australia, runs a Car Show in Dandenong.

The show will be run in conjunction with the Greater Dandenong Rotary Club.

This year 50% of the money raised will be going to Bushfire Relief in Victoria, and 50% to Disaster Aid Australia.


If you have a treasured Holden car and would like to spend a day with other Holden fans you can register at the link below.


Don’t forget to tell any Holden owners you know!


$25 to register  in advance for judging (All cars for judging must register in advance)

$15 to register  in advance to Display

$20 on the day to Diplay

$5 per person on the day, under 16s Free


Judging 9.00 am until Midday.



Myanmar Installation

Disaster Aid Australia in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Yangon have just provided a SkyHydrant at the Mawlamyine University in Myanmar.

The unit will protect the health of the girls who live in hostel accommodation at the University.

The project was instigated through the efforts of PDG. Danny Lowe.

The tanks stands and installation work was carried out by the University Maintenance Team led by Mr Latt (pictured here with DAA CEO Brian Ashworth)

During the visit we were able to discuss with the Yangon Rotary Club how the ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ program could be expanded to more locations in Myanmar.




Statement On Australian BushFires

How to help with the Australian Bushfire Disaster.

Disaster Aid Australia is registered as an Overseas Aid Charity.

As a condition of its charitable status it cannot spend donated funds within Australia.

We urge our Australian supporters in this time of response,, and the subsequent recovery, to support one of the many organisations who are helping fellow Australians.

The best form of help is money, that can be spent locally, rather than donated goods. . . . . Spending money locally helps the local economy recover and ensures that money is not wasted transporting goods that may not be needed.

Some of the Organisations that need help are

East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee

This is an account of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale  (A great supporter of DAA) with the funds controlled by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Projects Account BSB 633000 Acct 165960451. Please email the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee when you donate eastgrotaryfireaid@gmail.com

Other Rotary Club Based Funds around Australia

Details of other Rotary Based Funds can be found at this: Link

RAWCS – Rotary Australia World Community Service National Fire Appeal

This is the only option for those who can only donate to a recipient with DGR (Donor Gift Recipient) status, or those who want tax deductibility on their donations. Go to www.rawcs.org.au to donate. To make sure the funds go to those affected by the fires in our district, tag the area you  would like to support.



Bhutan Water Conference

Our friends of the Rotary Club of Thimphu are organising a Rotary Conference in Bhutan.


The Conference Title will be ‘Rotary For Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation & Waste Management’ and will be held between 27 and 30th July 2020.

There will be a wide range of speakers; including Peter Faulkner and Brian Ashworth talking about Disaster Aid Australia ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects.

There will be a program for spouses of delegates as well as the opportunity for delegates to visit some of the iconic sites close to the venue.

For delegates and partners who want to see more of this beautiful country there is the opportunity to extend your stay  before, and after, the conference.



Registration and 3 Star Ground Content . . . . $840 per person*

Registration and 4 Star Ground Content . . . . $960 per person*

Registration and 5 Star Ground Content. . . . $2,020 per person*

The Ground Content includes: Hotel, Meals at the Conference Venue, Registration Fee, Transport, Guide, Driver and bottled mineral water.

It excludes: phone charges, alcohol and medical treatment.


*In recognition of the Rotarians’ humanitarian services that touch every aspect of human civilization all around the world, the Royal Government of Bhutan is allowing waiver of the imposition of the Minimum Daily Tariff for the full 5 days of the Conference. The waiver of the Minimum Daily Tariff of US$ 230.00 per day per person. Additional days before and after the conference can be booked. as part of the registration.


For Registration follow this link : Conference Registration

More Information

Rotary Club of Thimphu email     rotarybhutan@gmail.com

Best Wishes From Children Around the World

Here are just a few of the 10’s of thousands of children around the world who have Safe Drinking Water this Christmas.

Some of the photographs are from our SmartAid Disaster Response.

Many are from our Safe Water for Every Child program.

Also included is one from a partner working for Karen refugees.

Disaster Aid has only been able to help all these children because of our incredible support from around Australia.



Massive Health Improvements from our Indian Project.

In July this year we reported on a Safe Water for Every Child Project for 8 schools in India.

Here is the principal of the Gahnwal School talking about the difference the SkyHydrant has made over the past five months.

This Disaster Aid Australia project was initiated by the Rotary Clubs of Endeavour Hills and Palm Beach Navi Mumbai and their respective Districts with help from a RI Global Grant

Thanks to Dharmendra Gangrade of the Rotary Club ofPalm Beach Navi Mumbai  for the video.


If your Rotary Club is interested in a ‘Safe Water for Every Child Project’  contact Disaster Aid Australia.

Thoo Mweh Migrant School

This young  boy, in a traditional Karen shirt, is drinking safe water at the Thoo Mweh migrant school.

The school is in Thailand close to the Myanmar border and mainly caters for Karen Refugees.

A Disaster Aid Australia Skyhydrant was recently installed at the school thanks to Fleur Maidment who works to help the Karen people.

The SkyHydrant provides safe water for:

  • 430 boarding students
  • 530 day students
  • 65 teachers and staff.
  • 100 local villagers


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






Global Grant Success

Six communities in the Philippines will be getting safe drinking water with the assistance of a Rotary International Global Grant.

The photograph shows the formal handover ceremony of a Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant to barangay Pigsag-an in sitioTumpagon during a development plan forum.

Global Grant 1753140 was a result of a partnership between host Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro , Philippines with international partners Rotary Club of Berwick and Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills, Australia.

Disaster Aid Australia has provided the SkyHydrants and used the skills of its grant Co-ordinator Dr Peter Hadwin to smooth the project application and approval process.

The Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc have been involved in the on site planning and will be key to the installation of the units.


Disaster Aid Australia can help with projects that include safe water.

To find out how contact us at admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au