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;


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;


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

Safe Water – More Than One ‘Area of Focus’

Rotary International recently announced that they had added ‘Supporting the Environment‘ as a seventh ‘Area of Focus‘ for Rotary Action.

Although DAA’s Safe Water for Every Child obviously fits into the ‘Water and Sanitation‘ category it actually has an impact on every other areas of focus.

Here is how it makes a difference for each of the other six areas:

Supporting the Environment

Unlike many water treatment systems our SkyHydrants bring essential benefits to communities without increasing energy use.

DAA’s Safe Water for Every Child’s contribution to sustainability was recognised internationally by our success in the Energy Globe Awards in 2017

Disease Prevention and Treatment

Statistics from our recent project in India showed a reduction in illness of 88% for the over 8,000 children receiving water from the SkyHydrant.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted the need for safe water in the treatment and prevention from virus transmission.

Economic and Community Development

In developing countries without safe drinking water people either have to lose days of work through illness; or pay a substantial portion of their income to buy bottled water.

We have found a SkyHydrant means communities have more money to spend on better food, and investing in ways to improve their community for all.

Maternal and Child Health

In the first few years of life immunity from disease is particularly low which makes any infection particularly dangerous.

Safe drinking water is a key reason for improved health of both mothers and children.

Basic Education

Teachers tell us that the changes following a SkyHydrant are:

  • Better school attendance;
  • Less teacher time taken attending to children who become ill during the school day;
  • Less time spent helping students to catch up after lost time through illness;
  • Less teacher absence through illness.

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Our aid in the Philippine island of Mindanao has included areas subject to civil unrest due to the feeling of rural people that they are forgotten.

Our partner in Mindanao, the Balay Mindanao Peace Foundation has found that the prospect of a safe water installation encourages the communities to look for peaceful solutions to their other problems.


You can help support all seven areas of Rotary focus by making a donation at the link below:


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






On Line SkyHydrant Training

As Disaster Aid Australia continues to adapt to the COVID pandemic we now provide  SkyHydrant training to our partners through ZOOM.

We have just completed the third unit of a trial of weekly sessions with Balay Mindanaw, a partner who have been involved in over 70 installations in the Philippines.

During the sessions the training includes elements that are suitable for; those new to SkyHydrants; and those with extensive experience.

The training  covers all aspects of the installation and operation of SkyHydrants including:

  • SkyHydrant connections.
  • Suitable buildings.
  • Head tank issues.
  • Improving raw water quality.
  • Psychology of Safe Drinking Water
  • Using pumps.

The training is delivered via PowerPoint presentations with question and answer sessions.

Short instructional videos are also shown during the sessions, and are available for later access during installations.

To find out more contact us at


You can help Disaster Aid Australia  continue to deliver aid in spite of the  COVID-19 pandemic, by making a donation at the link below:


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







Food Parcel Distribution In Dhaka

This week the Rotary Club of Dhaka Royal have been delivering Food Parcels to 100 families in the city.

The families have been identified by the Abinta Kabir Foundation.

The charitable foundation works to provide relief to people who need help during natural disasters, and other calamities.

Each family received a parcel containing:

  • 20kg of rice;
  • 2kg of lentils
  • 3kg of potatoes
  • 2kg of Oil
  • 2kg of Onion
  • 1kg of Salt

In total 100 parcels were distributed with 91 being provided by Disaster Aid Australia and the remaining 9 being funded by local Rotary Club President Mahfuzul Aziz.


You can help Disaster Aid Australia  provide aid to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and future disasters, by making a donation at the link below:


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







Celebrating 10 years of Disaster Aid Australia

With DAA passing its 10th Birthday in 2020 its worth reflecting on our journey, and all those who have helped the organisation over the years.

It was back in May 2010 the members of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills got together to discuss forming an international aid organisation.

At that first meeting the members of the club raised $170,000 to provide DAA with working capital for the launch.

Shortly afterwards the DAA Board met with representatives of Rotary Clubs in the USA and Canada to form Disaster Aid International (DAI)

It was not long before the first deployment to floods in India and Pakistan during the period  August through to October 2020.

Family Survival Box

This resulted in the delivery of Family Survival Packs and the first two SkyHydrants.

Other early deployments were to; the Sudan, Haiti, the Horn of Africa, and the Philippines.

As the organisation gained experience follow up reviews of aid delivery revealed that many of the components of the Family Survival Boxes were not being used.

Smart Aid

Our new SmartAid approach changed our aid delivery from ‘Shipping Boxes’ to our Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) travelling to devastated areas and asking communities what they wanted.

Generally the answer was they wanted help rebuilding their homes and clean safe drinking water.

The DARTs then found suppliers of  building materials as close as possible to the disaster and arranged delivery.

The only materials brought into country were water filters carried by the DARTs as checked luggage.

With little delay in being able to start rebuilding Smart Aid has proved to have the advantages of being faster and at lower cost than the boxes.

Other benefits included the local purchasing helped the local economies recover and the home owners participation in the building gave them more of a sense or ownership.

Safe Water for Every Child

At the organisation continued to monitor aid outcomes it became apparent that the SkyHydrant Filters provided for the disasters provided a long term health improvement to communities.

Illnesses dropped by over 80% particularly among children who were the most affected by contaminated water.

With sponsorship of individual installations, we have now completed over 200 SkyHydrant installations and well over a hundred thousand children protected.

Aid Delivery Continues

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has placed some hurdles in our path, DAA have not stopped delivering aid.

75% of the 120 SkyHydrants for our Bhutan 2020 project  have been delivered and over 45,000 children have been protected since 2018.

Installations, with a local team from the Bhutan Education Department, are continuing with an expected completion in mid 2021.

We are also financially supporting trusted partners in Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Beirut and Guatemala.

With a recent merger DAA is now a project of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Endeavour Hills


You can help Disaster Aid Australia continue to provide aid during the worldwide pandemic, and beyond, by making a donation at the link below:


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





Food Aid to Agrabad, Bangladesh

We are continuing to deliver Aid to organisations in the developing world in spite of the COVID pandemic.

These photographs show Stage 1 emergency food aid being delivered to a school assisted by a grant from Disaster Aid Australia.

The location is the Masajidda,Shitakunda school which takes in orphans and children from poor families who are unable to support all their children.

Management of the aid delivery is thanks to the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Agrabad.

Club members will be delivering further food relief over the weekend of 20-21 September.


You can help Disaster Aid Australia continue to provide aid during the worldwide pandemic by making a donation at the link below:


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

Fighting COVID In Dhaka Children’s Hospital

The first patient

COVID 19 has made travel for our Disaster Aid Response Team impossible.

However DAA has not stopped delivering aid.

We have been continuing to support partners in the fight against the disastrous pandemic.

After contacting the Rotary Club of Dhaka Royal about needs in Bangladesh, they identified the Dhaka Children’s Hospital as needing support.

Disaster Aid Australia has combined with Disaster Aid UK & Ireland to purchase a Baby Bubble CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine for the hospital.

This machine is critical for treating babies affected by COVID-19, and when the pandemic subsides, will have a continuing use for babies with breathing difficulties.

Children’s COVID Ward Staff

The Dhaka Shishu Hospital is the only specialist paediatric hospital In Bangladesh.

They have around 100,000 outpatients a year, with about 500 – 800 children visiting the hospital each day.

The hospital has surgical wards, a nutrition unit, a blood disease and cancer center, and a burns unit.

It also has an emergency center and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Handover of the unit

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver aid to Developing Countries during the Pandemic click on the link below;


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


Virtual Visit to Disaster Aid Australia

Have you wondered how an international aid charity runs?

How we deliver Safe Water to tens of thousands of children every year?

What is the organisation needed to respond to disasters with ‘SmartAid’

Why not take a guided tour around the Disaster Aid Offices by ‘ZOOM’ guided by our CEO, Brian Ashworth.

The tour will give you an insight into what we do, and how we do it.

At the end of the visit you will have the chance to ask questions about the tour, or anything else about DAA


To book your tour via ‘ZOOM’ contact us at


Ideal for a ‘Rotary Vocational Visit’ during the current COVID19 pandemic.


Papua New Guinea Helping Australia

There are lots of posts on this website about generous Australians helping developing countries, so for a change here is one about people from a developing country helping Australia.

The photograph below shows young people in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea’s 2nd largest city marching in the city streets seeking public donations for Australian Bushfire Relief.

Papua New Guinea is a poor country compared to Australia with an average per capita weekly income equivalent to $64 AUD.

Even so they raised $61,000 from the city and surrounding area.

The collection was started by Lae local, Sheila Harou, who was inspired to take action after seeing news reports from Australia.

“We called out to all our Morobeans to be united in one heart, to give from the heart to console our neighbour,” she said.

The money was given to the Merimbula Rotary Club, which gave $50,000 to the Bega Valley Council Community Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund will benefit communities that are still struggling to recover many months after more than 400 houses were lost and many livelihoods destroyed

The Rotary Club spent the $11,000 on two trailers for BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation that repairs fences that were lost in the fires in rural communities.


What a great story about our neighbours helping Australia.

Thanks to the ABC for the photographs, and you can see more at the following link: ABC