World Water Day

It’s only a week to World Water Day on the 22nd of March.

Many Australians don’t really think about it, as safe water comes out of the tap whenever they want it, and costs less than one cent per litre.

For over 700 million people around the world they might have to walk for an hour, and/or pay 50 cents, or more, a litre.

These people can’t believe that in Australia we water gardens and flush toilets with drinking water.

How You Can Help

The average Australian water bill is around $3 per day.

Donating the equivalent of one days water bill will keep 3 people safe for a year.

Donating one weeks water bill will keep 21 people safe for a year.

You can donate the cost of one day of your water (or more) using the button below.

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Every additional day will make a difference!

Why Bottled Water isn’t a Disaster Solution

During disasters news reports frequenly show huge quantities of bottled water being air freighted to the disaster location.

Is this the best way of delivering safe water to devasted communities?

Disaster Aid Australia don’t think so!

We have been taking skyhydrants to disasters for many years, and have now developed a complete unit that will quickly deliver thousands of litres of safe water effectivly.

The below video provides more information.

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

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

More SkyHydrants to Bhutan

After several delays, due to lockdowns in Bhutan, 15 SkyHydrants left our office today bound for Bhutan.

When these units are installed we will be one shipment off completing our ‘Bhutan 2020‘ project of safe water for the 120 major schools of Bhutan.

Currently over 45,000 pupils and staff are enjoying better health due to the already installed units

We are hoping to be able to send the final shipment of SkyHydrants in the next two months, with help from our generous supporters.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia complete this inspiring project click on the link below;

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

Celebrating World Rotary Day

Tuesday 23nd of February is the the 116th Anniversary of the foundation of the Rotary Club of Chicago, the start of a movement that has grown to became Rotary International.

As a project of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills Disaster Aid Australia owes its existance to Rotary.

The largest proportion of our income is thanks to Rotary Clubs around Australia.

Additionally many of the donations from individuals are from Rotarians who found out about us from presentations at their Rotary Clubs.

Local Rotary Clubs, in the countries where we deliver aid, are also vitally important as their local contacts, ability to help and support our volunteers makes our aid delivery more effective and efficient.

Join us in celebrating how Rotary ‘Opens Opportunities’ to help people around the world.

SkyHydrants In Beirut Hospital

Following the ‘Beirut Blast’ our partners Disaster Aid Europe responded by travelling to Beirut.

Working with local Rotarians and Rotaractors they decided to assist the Rosary Hospital and identified lack of safe drinking water as a major concern

We decided to supported this ‘Smart Aid’ response with 2 SkyHydrants and funds to pay for the installation.

As we were unable to travel to Beirut training for the installation, and subsequent operations, has been carried out by ZOOM meetings and the videos on our DAA YouTube Channel

The units have now been installed in the Hospital and now provide safe water for the staff, and people surrounding the hospital.

DA Europe are continuing to fund raise for further projects to restore this important medical facility for the people of Lebanon.

Beirut Rotaractors delighted to help provide Safe Drinking Water.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help our partners after disasters with ‘Smart Aid’ click on the link below;

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

COVID Aid in Cambodia

As part of Disaster Aid Australia’s commitment to continue delivering aid through the pandemic we have made a grant supporting a project introduced to us by the Rotary Club of Frankston Peninsula 2.0.

This is the ‘Hotels Joining Hands‘ project where three hotels in Siem Reap have joined forces to provide 400+ meals a day to those people most affected.

They have now distributed over 53,000 meals to people in the Siem Riep area.

Since October, they have also provided ‘Food Relief Packages’ to families drastically affected by floods all over Cambodia.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help developing countries during the COVID-19 Pandemic click on the link below:

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

Clear Streams Are Not Safe

One of the questions we sometimes get asked about our Bhutan project is “There must be lots of clear mountain streams in Bhutan, so why do they need SkyHydrants?”

It’s true that the majority of schools do get their water from clear mountain streams but that doesnt mean there isn’t harmful bacteria!

The below official testing report provides the evidence of the need, from Lhuentse school following our installation on 3rd December.

CFU stands for  Colony-Forming Units, a measure of the number of viable bacteria cells in a sample.

Now the water supply to 468 students and staff of the schools has improved from being an ‘Intermediate to High Health Risk’ to being classified as ‘Safe’

If you would like to sponsor safe water for a school in Bhutan contact Disaster Aid Australia at: admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au

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

Unsafe Water, a Women’s Crisis

More than one in eight people  worldwide, that’s 785 million people lack access to safe water.

Usually the responsibility for looking after the health of a family falls on the women of the family. 

This can involve women in walking large distances to get the best quality water from a clear stream.

Even then the water, although looking clear, may still contain bacteria!

Alternativly a family may be spending up to 25 – 50% of their income on buying bottled water.

Our ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ project with the provision of SkyHydrant installations besides protecting children also;

  • Improves the overall health of the whole community;
  • Reduces the pressure on women in Developing Countries;
  • Reduces poverty;
  • Reduces plastic waste.

All for a capital cost of $1 per person, per year,

This post and the photo was inspired by an article by Jennifer Schorsch, President of Water.org, originally published on Impakter here.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia to Safe Water to help women in developing countries, click on the link below;

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

2020 Review

The COVID 19 Pandemic made things difficult for Disaster Aid Australia.

It did not stop us delivering aid with help from our partner Disaster Aid organisations, Government and Non-Government Organisations, and Rotary Clubs in developing countries.

We also spent time developing new skills and launching a YouTube channel.

This video will give you an idea of what we achieved in 2020

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver much needed aid to developing countries, click on the link below;

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

Delivering SkyHydrants

You might think that all the SkyHydrants get delivered to sites by cars, vans and four wheel drive vehicles.

The reality can be quite different to some of the remote villages Disaster Aid Australia and it’s partners help.

Some units have to be carried by the local people for long distances.

Photograph by Safe Water for Every Child Myanmar

At times small river boats have to be used.

Photograph by Safe Water for Every Child Myanmar

This video shows our friends Balay Mindanaw using a motorbike to transport the SkyHydrant, and the team members, through very difficult terrain in Mindanao.

You can see more videos about Disaster Aid Australia, and our partners, on our YouTube Channel.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help remote communities have ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ click on the link below;

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