More Installations In Bhutan

Dechencholing School

With over 62% of the population having been double vaccinated and over 73% having one shot our installation team have been back on the road.

Langthel School

They have recently completed six installations in the Western part of Bhutan.

Mendrelgang School

The monsoon season makes travel in many parts difficult due to frequent landslides blocking roads, in the steep valleys.

Sergithang School

The majortiy of schools remaining in the ‘Bhutan 2020 Project’ however have been busy constructing the SkyHydrant buildings.

Tango School

As the Monsoon season ends hoping they are planning to complete installtions to schools in the Eastern part of Bhutan in the next couple of months.

Ura School

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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.

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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.

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SkyHydrant in Shipping Container for Timor Leste

During Construction

Disaster Aid Australia have been pleased to play 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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India’s COVID Crisis

Over the past two weeks the horrific extent of India’s COVID crisis has been brought into sharp relief

Current Situation

As at the 5th May reported new cases exceeds 400,000 per day.

Since the Pandemic began 230,000 deaths have been recorded with the official estimates being almost 4,000 deaths every day.

Due to the extreme pressure being placed on the Indian Health services, and many people dying before they can be diagnosed, it is believed that the actual cases and deaths are many times higher than the official figures.

Disaster Aid’s Smart Aid Response

Disaster Aid Australia as a small Rotary based charity aim to work with partners to make a real difference to smaller communities that might otherwise miss out on support.

Typically these are the more rural areas.

Disaster Aid has a long standing relationship with the Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai and the Diganta Swaraj Foundation through a project to provide Safe Water for Every Child to rural schools.

The Diganta Swaraj Foundation and the Rotary Club are currently involved in assisting the districts of Mokhada, Jawhar and Vikramgad in the Palghar region.

Disaster Aid Australia will be providing a grant to the Diganta Swaraj Foundation to help them purchase vital supplies.

How You Can Help

All donations to Disaster Aid Australia helps us to continue to deliver cost effective help through our international partners to countries most affected by the pandamic.

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