A Memorial That Saves Lives

Losing a loved one is a time of great sadness

Some supporters of Disaster Aid Australia have chosen to be comforted in their loss by sponsoring a SkyHydrant installation as a memorial.

In that way the health of hundreds of people can be protected for years to come.

If you would like to recognise the life of a loved one in this way why not contact Disaster Aid Australia.


Currently we have installations planned in Bhutan and the Philippines.

Sponsorship of a SkyHydrant memorial for $5,000 includes having a permanent metal plaque fixed to the unit.

Disaster Aid Australia will also provide photographs of the completed installation.





Overseas Aid Volunteers Wanted

We are looking to recruit people who have a passion for helping those in need as Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) members.

Volunteers will be available for a 2 week overseas deployment each year.

At Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) we focus on the delivery of humanitarian aid to people who have been affected by disasters, including the ongoing disaster of contaminated drinking water.

Run by volunteers, DAA  helps people rebuild their lives and provides filters for safe water.

Established 10 years ago DAA was created as a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills and is now a small, independent NGO providing aid in developing countries

DAA works in partnership with Disaster Aid International, Rotary International and has partner agreements with organisations in developing countries.

Abilities / Experience:

  • Leadership
  • Able to represent DAA in meetings with in-country government, and other aid providers;
  • Strong negotiation and reporting skills;
  • Capable of managing projects under challenging conditions;
  • Practical with ability to organise people; and
  • Good reporting skills.

You will also be keen to promote the work of DAA sharing your experiences at public events, schools and Rotary Club meetings.


At DAA you will make a real difference to people who need it.


For a detailed Position Description and Application Form contact us at      info@disasteraidaustralia.org.au


Colombian Installations Underway

These girls are enjoying safe drinking water at their Colombian School thanks to a project to provide safe drinking water to 48 schools in Colombia.

Previously the schools, in both suburban and rural locations, received untreated  water from community aqueducts.

Now with the commencement of installation of SkyHydrants the drinking water will be bacteria free

The project involved the following participants:

  • 10 Rotary clubs in District 4281 led by the Rotary Club of Bogota, Teuaquilla.
  • Disaster Aid Australia.
  • Rotary Clubs from Australia, Canada USA, and Britain led by the Endeavour Hills Rotary Club.
  • SkyJuice Foundation

The project commenced with a training session led by Rhett Butler of the SkyJuice Foundation.



If you want to support our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects see our DONATE PAGE 

Arika School

Children of the Arika School in Bhutan are giving a toast of thanks to Stan Frymann who has sponsored a SkyHydrant for them.

Stan is a long time supporter of the school, and asked for Arika to be added to the original 120 schools of the Bhutan 2020 Project.

The installation, pictured to the right, was carried out by a team from the School Planning and Building Department of the Department of Education.

This project was completed in less than six months.


If you would like to provide Safe Water for Every Child’ in Bhutan contact Disaster Aid Australia.

Your donation will mean a school of up to 1,000 pupils receives a SkyHydrant installation this Rotary year


Changes to Disaster Aid Australia

At their June meeting the Board decided to make the following changes to the organisation.

  • Peter Fawkner has stepped down from the temporary role of Chair, but will continue as Treasurer.
  • Director Howard Bradfield has been appointed Chair of Disaster Aid Australia.

  • Director Brian Ashworth has accepted the new position of Chief Executive Officer (Honorary).

  • Endeavour Hills Rotary Club President* 2018/2019 Cherie Ramsey has been reappointed as a permanent board member




*As Disaster Aid Australia was founded by Endeavour Hills Rotary Club our constitution requires that each year the Club President is a board member for that year.


SkyHydrants In India

Former Chair of Disaster Aid Australia, David Langworthy, has been in India for the official commissioning of a Skyhydrant Project.

The photographs show the installation at the Government Ashram School, Palsunda, Mokhada.

Installation was by Diganta Swaraj Foundation of Mumbai.

This project was initiated by the Rotary Clubs of Endeavour Hills and of Palm Beach Navi Mumbai and their respective Districts.

Contributions from the individual clubs were supplemented with a Rotary International Global Grant.

The project will deliver Safe Drinking Water to more than 10.000 children plus local villagers.



Mariah’s Story

Mariah Valdehueza, a Filipino public health student at the Australian Catholic College (ACU), has had first hand experience in delivering aid in conjunction with Disaster Aid Australia.

With her public health background Mariah has also been closely involved in public health education in the Philippinnes both with Balay Mindanaw and other Aid Organisations.

In 2013 as an intern with our partner Balay Mindanaw she was part of quick response team led and supported by Disaster Aid Australia, went to Bohol to provide temporary shelters for families after an Earthquake.

During the Marawi Siege in 2017 she was involved in the provision of Safe Drinking Water Using Disaster Aid SkyHydrants

To find out more about Mariahs Experiences you can visit the ACU Impact website




Have You Got Some Free Time?

Disaster Aid are always looking for volunteers.

Although we provide hundreds of thousands of dollars aid we only have one part time paid staff member.

Everything else is done by volunteers, including:

  • Fundraising;
  • Disaster Response;
  • Office Administration;
  • Management;
  • Governance;

If you live in Melbourne you are welcome to come along to our Office in Eumemmering and meet our friendly group.

Further away? . . . There are opportunities to help fundraise by speaking at Rotary meetings and other forums.


All Welcome

Although DAA was founded by a Rotary Club you do not need to be a Rotarian to get involved.

You just need to be interested in helping people; recover from a disaster, or who need safe drinking water.


For more information check out our Volunteer Page





The WiFi Challenge

As Disaster Aid volunteers travel the world it quickly becomes apparent that its easier to find Free WiFi than Safe Drinking Water.

In developing countries you will find the majority of hotels and cafes will offer free WiFi . . . . but all the water that feeds an urban area is untreated.

Sure, as a visitor  you can buy bottled water, but when the average wage may be less than $5 a day it’s hard for a local family to afford safe drinking water.

Our Challenge

At Disaster Aid Australia we believe that if the World decides that it wants  Safe Water For Every Child it can be achieved.

After all it only costs $1 per Person Per Year to install a SkyHydrant.

With our Bhutan 2020 project we want to show that its possible for us, a small charity, to provide Safe Drinking Water to every major school in a Country.

If we can do that what’s stopping a real push to make Safe Water as common as Free WiFi?


Are you prepared to be part of our challenge? . . . .To help Disaster Aid Australia install more Skyhydrants you can DONATE HERE

€3,100 or US$3,500 for a Safe Water Project


As we are talking to people at the Hamburg Rotary Convention some of the questions are:

  • How can our club help people with Safe Water?
  • Do we have to be an Australian Club to get Involved?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will the project take?
  • How many people can helped by a SkyHydrant installation?
  • Is the Disaster Aid Australia project sustainable?


  • By sponsoring a Disaster Aid Australia your club have a sponsored SkyHydrant installed at a school or community in your name in either Bhutan, or the Philippines.
  • Disaster Aid Australia is willing to partner with any Rotary Club, or Individual, wherever they are located.
  • We normally quote the cost as 5,000 Australian dollars but we will accept donations in other currencies such as 3,100 Euros or 3,500 US dollars.
  • We can complete the installation of a SkyHydrant in 3 -4 Months. We already have partners in Bhutan and the Philippines who have identified and assessed schools and communities who need clean water. The partners have people trained in installation and Hygiene training. Installation in new countries or outside our partners area of operation can take a little longer.
  • A SkyHydrant will protect a community of over 500 people or a school with over 1,000 pupils.
  • In 2018 our “Safe Water For Every Child’ Program was rated as an example of ” Worlds Best Practice’ in Sustainable Drinking Water by the Energy Globe organisation.
Will you join us on our challenge of ‘Safe Water For Every Child”

For more information contact us at admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au