SkyHydrants In Vietnam

Following recent catastrophic floods in central Vietnam Disaster Aid Australia has been involved in a project to deliver safe drinking water to thousands of people in in flood-affected regions.

We provided financial support to a project initiated by the Australian Water Association who also received support from DuPont Water Solutions, SkyJuice Foundation, and Tradelinks Logistics & Services Co.

Local involvement included; the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA), Thua Thien Hue Water Supply Company (HueWACO), Quang Tri Water Supply Company (QTWaco) and the Government of Vietnam.

DAA supporters the Nguyen family of Melbourne (including Chemist Discount Centre, Mornington) provided 50% of our grant, used to assist with the local engineering and installation costs.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Robyn Mudie welcomed the project saying; “During the recent bushfires that devastated many parts of Australia, we saw the kindness and generosity of the Vietnamese people in their outpouring of support for victims. I am heartened to see such reciprocity in times of need from the Australian water sector.

Units were provided in the following areas; Thừa Thiên Huế, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Nam, Quảng Trị, and Quảng Ngãi.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help those in need of Safe Drinking Water click on the link below:

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THANK YOU! and a Peaceful Christmas to Our Supporters

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone both in Australia and around the world.

Thanks to the great support we continue to receive we have been able to assist those from developing countries that have been most affected by the Pandemic.

During 2020 we have delivered $279,000 of Aid including:

Grants to Partners for COVID Relief

The first patient
  • Malaysia, Personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical facilities in Sabah Province
  • Nepal, Food aid, hand washing facilities and PPE in Kathmandu.

Smart Aid

Safe Water for Every Child

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Christmas Present for the Philippines

With the extensive use of SkyHydrants during the recent Typhoons In the Philippines our partner Balay Mindanaw deployed all the units that were available.

Its vital to make sure they can provide SmartAid for future disasters, and continue our journey towardsSafe Water for Every Child.

These five units, ready for shipping before Christmas, will replenish the stock.

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A Unique Celebration of Safe Water

The school principal at Dungtse Central School decided to celebrate a Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant at his school by building 6 of these impressive tap stands.

These structures, which are called Chortens, are a smaller version of the Stupas (religious hemispherical structures) which are common in this Buddhist country.

The school is located in the East of Bhutan at a place called Phongme in the Trashigang District.

This is just one of the 120 schools in the Butan 2020 project that will be protected under this ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ program.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia make more school principals happy to have healthy pupils click on the link below;

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Beirut Update

Disaster Aid Australia is proud to be supporting Disaster Aid Europe and Beirut Rotarians in bring restore the Rosary Sisters Hospital in Beirut.

Watch this video to find out more:

Australians who want to help can make a tax deductable donation to the appeal at the link below:

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5 More Installations in Bhutan

Taju

With the weather easing and some of the travel restrictions easing in Bhutan our installation team have been busy again.

Shengana

They have recently completed another five installations with more planned over the next few weeks.

The Schools are at the following locations:

Taju LSS, Paro

436 children and staff protected

Shengana LSS, Punakha

277 children and staff protected

Logodama LSS, Punakha

307 children and staff protected

Logodama

Khesar Gyalpo, Thimphu

500 children and staff protected

Khesar Gyalpo

Shaba MSS, Paro

493 Children and staff protected.

Shaba MSS

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia provide Safe Water for Every Child at every major school in Bhutan click on the link below;

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Helping in Sabah

Disaster Aid Australia have been supporting Disaster Aid Malaysia’s response to the COVID pandemic in Sabah.

Sabah which is on the Northern Tip of the Island of Borneo is one of the poorest regions of Malaysia.

Disaster Aid Malaysia started an appeal with Rotary Districts 3300 and 3310 District for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a food bank for poorer residents.

Disaster Aid Australia has supported the appeal with a grant of $,5000

The DAM team can be seen packing the PPE .

This will be flown to Sabah thanks to the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

Once in Sandakan it will be delivered to hospitals in the region by local Rotarians.

To help Disaster Aid Australia  continue to provide Smart Aid during the pandemic, you can making a donation at the link below:

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Typhoon Goni Response

Typhoon Goni hit the Philippines, hard this week bringing with it “catastrophic” conditions.

The ‘Super Typhoon’ which crossed the main island of Luzon battered communities with winds of 225km/h.

Goni is the most powerful Typhoon since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

The Philippines’ national disaster agency have said up to 19 million people may have been affected by the path of Goni.

That number includes the populations in danger zones from landslides, flooding, storm surges and even a lava flow.

With our DART volunteers unable to travel we are currently providing financial support to our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw who are traveling to the affected communities with SkyHydrants and shelter materials.

To help Disaster Aid Australia  provide aid to those affected by Typhoon Goni, you can making a donation at the link below:

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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:

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Oxygen Concentrators

While our DARTs are unable to travel to deliver aid with pandemic related restrictions Disaster Aid Australia continue to support its partners.

The photograph shows the handover of two oxygen concentrators delivered in conjunction with our partner the Rotary Club of Dhaka Royal, Bangladesh.

One unit was paid from DAA funds while the other was a personal donation by DAA Board member Angeline Low and her husband Danny.

The units will initially be used at the Khidmah Hospital for the treatment of COVID patients. but will have a post pandemic use for many patients with breathing difficulties.

 

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

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