Celebrating 10 years of Disaster Aid Australia

With DAA passing its 10th Birthday in 2020 its worth reflecting on our journey, and all those who have helped the organisation over the years.

It was back in May 2010 the members of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills got together to discuss forming an international aid organisation.

At that first meeting the members of the club raised $170,000 to provide DAA with working capital for the launch.

Shortly afterwards the DAA Board met with representatives of Rotary Clubs in the USA and Canada to form Disaster Aid International (DAI)

It was not long before the first deployment to floods in India and Pakistan during the period  August through to October 2020.

Family Survival Box

This resulted in the delivery of Family Survival Packs and the first two SkyHydrants.

Other early deployments were to; the Sudan, Haiti, the Horn of Africa, and the Philippines.

As the organisation gained experience follow up reviews of aid delivery revealed that many of the components of the Family Survival Boxes were not being used.

Smart Aid

Our new SmartAid approach changed our aid delivery from ‘Shipping Boxes’ to our Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) travelling to devastated areas and asking communities what they wanted.

Generally the answer was they wanted help rebuilding their homes and clean safe drinking water.

The DARTs then found suppliers of  building materials as close as possible to the disaster and arranged delivery.

The only materials brought into country were water filters carried by the DARTs as checked luggage.

With little delay in being able to start rebuilding Smart Aid has proved to have the advantages of being faster and at lower cost than the boxes.

Other benefits included the local purchasing helped the local economies recover and the home owners participation in the building gave them more of a sense or ownership.

Safe Water for Every Child

At the organisation continued to monitor aid outcomes it became apparent that the SkyHydrant Filters provided for the disasters provided a long term health improvement to communities.

Illnesses dropped by over 80% particularly among children who were the most affected by contaminated water.

With sponsorship of individual installations, we have now completed over 200 SkyHydrant installations and well over a hundred thousand children protected.

Aid Delivery Continues

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has placed some hurdles in our path, DAA have not stopped delivering aid.

75% of the 120 SkyHydrants for our Bhutan 2020 project  have been delivered and over 45,000 children have been protected since 2018.

Installations, with a local team from the Bhutan Education Department, are continuing with an expected completion in mid 2021.

We are also financially supporting trusted partners in Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Beirut and Guatemala.

With a recent merger DAA is now a project of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Endeavour Hills

 

You can help Disaster Aid Australia continue to provide aid during the worldwide pandemic, and beyond, by 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.

 

 

 

 

Food Aid to Agrabad, Bangladesh

We are continuing to deliver Aid to organisations in the developing world in spite of the COVID pandemic.

These photographs show Stage 1 emergency food aid being delivered to a school assisted by a grant from Disaster Aid Australia.

The location is the Masajidda,Shitakunda school which takes in orphans and children from poor families who are unable to support all their children.

Management of the aid delivery is thanks to the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Agrabad.

Club members will be delivering further food relief over the weekend of 20-21 September.

 

You can help Disaster Aid Australia continue to provide aid during the worldwide pandemic by 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.

Fighting COVID In Dhaka Children’s Hospital

The first patient

COVID 19 has made travel for our Disaster Aid Response Team impossible.

However DAA has not stopped delivering aid.

We have been continuing to support partners in the fight against the disastrous pandemic.

After contacting the Rotary Club of Dhaka Royal about needs in Bangladesh, they identified the Dhaka Children’s Hospital as needing support.

Disaster Aid Australia has combined with Disaster Aid UK & Ireland to purchase a Baby Bubble CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine for the hospital.

This machine is critical for treating babies affected by COVID-19, and when the pandemic subsides, will have a continuing use for babies with breathing difficulties.

Children’s COVID Ward Staff

The Dhaka Shishu Hospital is the only specialist paediatric hospital In Bangladesh.

They have around 100,000 outpatients a year, with about 500 – 800 children visiting the hospital each day.

The hospital has surgical wards, a nutrition unit, a blood disease and cancer center, and a burns unit.

It also has an emergency center and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Handover of the unit

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver aid to Developing Countries during the 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.

 

Virtual Visit to Disaster Aid Australia

Have you wondered how an international aid charity runs?

How we deliver Safe Water to tens of thousands of children every year?

What is the organisation needed to respond to disasters with ‘SmartAid’

Why not take a guided tour around the Disaster Aid Offices by ‘ZOOM’ guided by our CEO, Brian Ashworth.

The tour will give you an insight into what we do, and how we do it.

At the end of the visit you will have the chance to ask questions about the tour, or anything else about DAA

 

To book your tour via ‘ZOOM’ contact us at media@disasteraidaustralia.org.au

 

Ideal for a ‘Rotary Vocational Visit’ during the current COVID19 pandemic.

 

Papua New Guinea Helping Australia

There are lots of posts on this website about generous Australians helping developing countries, so for a change here is one about people from a developing country helping Australia.

The photograph below shows young people in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea’s 2nd largest city marching in the city streets seeking public donations for Australian Bushfire Relief.

Papua New Guinea is a poor country compared to Australia with an average per capita weekly income equivalent to $64 AUD.

Even so they raised $61,000 from the city and surrounding area.

The collection was started by Lae local, Sheila Harou, who was inspired to take action after seeing news reports from Australia.

“We called out to all our Morobeans to be united in one heart, to give from the heart to console our neighbour,” she said.

The money was given to the Merimbula Rotary Club, which gave $50,000 to the Bega Valley Council Community Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund will benefit communities that are still struggling to recover many months after more than 400 houses were lost and many livelihoods destroyed

The Rotary Club spent the $11,000 on two trailers for BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation that repairs fences that were lost in the fires in rural communities.

 

What a great story about our neighbours helping Australia.

Thanks to the ABC for the photographs, and you can see more at the following link: ABC

 

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Beirut Explosion Disaster

Two massive, deadly explosions shook Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, in the early evening of Aug 4 devastating a huge area of the city.

Current Situation

Over 100 people are dead, while search teams continue to look for survivors.

Many hundreds are injured.

Thousand of house and apartments are uninhabitable.

There is urgent need for shelter,

Disaster Aid Australia’s Response

With travel from Australia not being possible we will be supporting our closer Disaster Aid International Partners; Disaster Aid Europe and Disaster Aid UK&Ireland.

They will be linking with local Rotary clubs who have started talking to the most affected communities.

As they find out more we will work to provide what is needed.

Disaster Aid International will also be working with other agencies to help Beirut recover.

How You Can Help

Your donation today will ensure families who need access to medical services and help with shelter and reconstruction can receive assistance.

We’re determined to reach as many families as possible.

Donation to Appeal

Please Donate Today to ensure as many people as possible have access to Medical Help and and Shelter.

Choose your donation amount to help the people of Beirut.

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

 

 

COVID-19 Restrictions

With the current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria Disaster Aid Australia’s Office will be closed from 5th August  for a period that is expected to be at least 6 weeks.

During that time the Email, Phone, and PO box will be monitored and we will be continuing to operate the organisation from our homes.

We apologies if there are in any delays in our communication with our supporters during this difficult time.

Aid Will Continue To Be Delivered

Our installation program for the Bhutan 2020 project will be continuing as the latest shipment of 20 SkyHydrants arrived in Thimphu last week.

We will also be looking at assisting our international partners in the worldwide response to the COVID pandemic.

 ‘ZOOM’Guest Speakers Available

We continue to provide the opportunity for Rotary Clubs to have a DAA guest speaker at their ‘ZOOM’ Meetings.

In addition from late August we will be able to host ‘Virtual’ Vocational Visits to our Eumemmerring Office.

 

 

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver 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.

 

Why We Install SkyHydrants

We have recently received these results from a SkyHydrant Project for eight schools in India

What this means is; across the eight schools:

  • Before the SkyHydrants were installed on average 643 students were ill every week
  • Afterwards the number of ill students dropped to 74  per week.
  • An overall 88% reduction in illness from all causes.

It would seem that the majority of child illness has been caused by contaminated water and with the removal of bacteria that form of illness has practically disappeared.

If you want to find out how Disaster Aid Australia can help your aid project achieve these results contact us at media@disasteraidaustralia.org.au

To see a short video about this projects follow this link: Indian Project

Thanks to Diganta Swaraj Foundation for providing these results.

 

 

$250,000 Aid Delivered In 2019-2020

2019 – 2020 has been a difficult year for fundraising for International Aid.

With the summer bushfires many of our supporters understandably diverted their charitable donations to bushfire relief.

As the bushfires died down the COVID -19 pandemic then affected the ability of Rotary Cubs to run fundraising events.

Although our income dropped to $291,000 for the financial year we are pleased to report that we have delivered just over $250,000 in International Aid.

The aid has included

  • Earthquake Response in the Philippines.
  • Substantial Progress on our Bhutan 2020 Safe Water Project.
  • 10 Safe Water for Every Child Installations in the Philippines.
  • COVID-19 Relief Grants for, Nepal, Guatemala, the Philippines.
  • Assisting other aid organisations in Myanmar, Malaysia, Mozambique and Timor Leste.

It was also great to see our Disaster Aid International partner Disaster Aid Canada supporting Australian bushfire relief with a $60,000 donation.

 

Bhutan Update

Bjishong School Sponsored by J & G Brown

The Engineers from the Bhutan School Planning and Building Division are working hard, and travelling long distances, to continue installing Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrants.

We have recently received photographs of the installations at three more schools in the East of Bhutan.

COVID 19 has significant problems to the project due to cancelled flights.

Kunzangzhing School Sponsored by Thuringowa RC

After considerable effort by many in Melbourne, Singapore and Bhutan the next shipment of SkyHydrants is now expected to arrive in Bhutan by the 20th July.

When these 20 Units are installed this project to provide safe drinking water to the 120 largest schools in Bhutan will be 75% complete.

Our current expectation is that the whole project will be complete by the middle of 2021.

Thrimshing School Sponsored By Tamar Valley Rotaract

 

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