SkyHydrant in Shipping Container for Timor Leste

During Construction

Disaster Aid Australia have been pleased to pay a small part in this project by Rotary Projects Timor-Leste East (RPTLE), based in Western Australia.

The unit is now supplying 10,000 litres of clean filtered potable water every day to the students and the local community of the Don Bosco centre in Comoro, Dhili.

The project of the Rotary Club of Kwinana , led by project manager Max Bird, also involved considerable support from the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo, in Victoria.

With the problems of COVID the role of Brother Adriano and the students of The Don Bosco Technical Training Centre has been vital in completing the construction.

The Completed Project

Prior to its final installation the SkyHydrant was used in a temporary installation in response to the Dhili Floods in April this year.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help children in developing countries, such as Timor Leste, have ‘Safe Drinking Water’ click on the link below;

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100% Aid Delivered In 2020-2021

In the financial year, which has just closed, Disaster Aid Australia delivered $240,661 in international aid to developing countries.

This was slightly over our annual income for the year of $239,144 (which was down approximately 30% from our pre COVID income).

The result is due to the DAA Board deciding in June 2020 that the COVID 19 Pandemic was a ‘Disaster‘ and many of the developing countries, which we help, would be hit harder than Australia.

Accordingly a considerable portion of the financial reserves that enable us to respond to disasters has been used over the past 12 months.

This 3 minute video shows photographs of the many aid projects we have assisted in the last 12 months.

With the pandemic travel restrictions we have only been able to deliver this aid due to the strong partnerships we have built up since DAA was founded in 2010.

Our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw was also able to build links with the following Rotary Clubs during the Typhoon Goni response: RC of Pasig, RC of Legaspi North, and RC of West Cagayan de Oro.

We also wish to thank: Rotary Clubs, individuals, and companies around Australia for their continuing support of DAA in what has been a difficult year.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia in 2021-2022 continue to help developing countries with ‘Smart Aid’ and ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects click on the link below;

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Bhutan Team Back At Work

After a period when the Bhutan Installation Team have been restricted, with COVID lockdowns, installations have now restarted.

The photographs show the installation underway at the Drukgyel Lower Secondary School.

The existing water source of the school comes from a branch of a stream about 5 km away from the school.

The source of the water was never a safe one and especially in monsoon when it became muddy.

The filter was installed on 23rd June 2021.

With the installation of the filter, the school is now enjoying a safe drinking water.

The project protects 800 students and 50 staff.

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WASH Myths – No 1

Rain Water Collection is Cost Effective

I recently saw a report about a Rain Water Collection system.

This was based on providing gutters, pipes and tanks for the existing roofs of buildings in the community.

The cost of the system to provide safe water for 900 people was $72,000.

That is a cost of $80 per person.

This type of system also has the problem that with during extended dry periods their is a risk of the water running out.

Comparison with a SkyHydrant System

Disaster Aid Australia has been providing SkyHydrants to schools and communities at a cost of $5,000 for several years through our Safe Water for Every Child projects.

Each SkyHydrant installation can serve a community of 700 people.

That is a cost of of $7.14 per person, less than a tenth of the per capita cost of a rainwater collection system!

Because most SkyHydrant installations are supplied from existing spring fed streams they withstand much longer dry periods than a roof collection system.

Disaster Aid Australia might be able to help you provide a cost effective safe water system to your project.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ SkyHydrants to developing countries click on the link below;

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SmartAid Assisting Nepal

Disaster Aid Australia’s SmartAid Grant to the Anandaban Leprosy Hosital, in Nepal is being put to good use.

With the hospital having to pivot to becoming involved with the national COVID-19 response activities protecting the staff and patients has been vital.

Our support has enabled the hospital to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitiser.

This equipment, seen in these photographs, is being used used during screening, vaccination, and treatment of COVID patients as well as the regular treatment of Leprosy patients.

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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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.

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

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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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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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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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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