International Peace Day 21st Sept

This week as a Rotary based organisation we are marking International Peace Day.

Peace, and Confict Resolution is one of Rotary International’s Seven Areas of Focus.

What Disaster Aid Australia Is Doing To Help Peace

In 2017 during the Marawi Crisis in the Philippines we worked with our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw to assist people displaced during the armed conflict.

We provided tents and SkyHydrants to keep people safe during the six months of fighting.

Balay Mindanaw have continued building peace in the Bangsamoro regions of Mindanao by improving the conditions of rural communities.

One of the key improvements has been, better health due to the provision of safe drinking water through our ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ program.

This year the Board of DAA has chosen to commence the Bangsamoro Health and Peace Project.

The aim is to provide at least five communities a year with safe water for the next five years.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia build peace in developing countries you can help provide safe water in the Philippines, then click on the link below;

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

Sustainable Safe Water

A key consideration for Disaster Aid Australia’s ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ program is sustainability.

Financial Sustainability

President and Past President of the Rotary Club

It is important that the community ensures that there is enough money to pay for:

  • Cleaning Chemicals.
  • Replacement of the filter membrane (typically after 10 years)
  • The operators time for the daily cleaning.

This photographs shows how the cooperative in Barangay. Mambuaya, on the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro have responded to the problem.

They have connected the SkyHydrant system to two water dispensing machines in the small building.

Water flows into the containers when the a coin is dropped into the machine.

Collecting as little as AU$1 will save enough money for the membrane replacment and cleaning chemicals!

The installation was sponsored, with the aid of a Rotary Global Grant by the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro.

Greenhouse Gases

In 2018 Disaster Aid Australia was recognised by the Energy Globe Awards as being the best energy sustainable project in Australia.

This was due to the fact that our SkyHydrants provide safe water without power or treatment chemicals.

It was also one of the top four water projects in the World Awards.

Plastic Waste Reduction

One of the problems around the world is the amount of plastic waste which affects wildlife and gets inot the food chain.

Every SkyHydrant installed means that the community protected no longer needs to buy bottled water to stay safe.

That mean that there will be no need to dispose of tens of thousands of single use plastic bottles every year.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to provide Sustainable safe water click on the link below;

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

Two Safe Water Projects for the Philippines

Disaster Aid Australia has decided to commence two Safe Water for Every Child’ projects in the Philippines.

The projects will be carried out with our long-term partner based on the island of Mindanao, the Balay Mindanaw Foundation.

Bangsamoro Health and Peace Project

This Bangsamoro Region of Mindanao is one of the poorest in the Philipppines and in the recent past has suffered from armed rebellion.

The Balay Mindanaw Foundation have been a key influencer in the peace process over the past three years.

They feel that providing communities with better health, through safe water, is key to improving living standards.

This will strongly demonstrate to those communities the benefits of peace.

Our project is based on providing SkyHydrant installations to at least five communities a year for the next five years.

Mindano Safe Water Project

This project is based on providing safe water to the remaining regions of Mindanao.

Past projects have resulted in reduction in illness in the communities of more than 70%

Again this project is based on providing SkyHydrant installations to at least five communities a year, for the next five years.

Timing

Balay Mindanw are currently engaged in carrying out investigations on rural Barangays (villages) to identify 10 locations for installations.

In the next few months the first five Barangays, for each project, will be identified and a full consultation will be carried out.

This will confirm that they accept the SkyHydrant solution, and will participate in the installation, as well as the ongoing operation.

SkyHydrants will be shipped later this year for installation by the end of June 2022.

Sponsorship Opportunities

You can sponsor a SkyHydrant installation for one of these projects for $5,000.

That is less than $1 for every person protected for one year.

All sponsors will be acknowledged with a plaque on the SkyHydrant, photographs of the installation, and a certificate from Disaster Aid Australia.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help the Philippines with ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects click on the link below;

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

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;

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