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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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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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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DAA YouTube Channel

Today Disaster Aid Australia officially launches our YouTube Channel.

By clicking on the image below you will have access to a range of videos about Disaster Aid Australia and our partners around the world.

It can also be found by going to YouTube and searching using the phrase “Disaster Aid Australia Channel”

The channel will enable you to:

  • See responses to disasters in many developing countries.
  • Hear from members of the Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) from Australia, and our Disaster Aid International partners, talking about their experiences.
  • Find out more about the SkyHydrant that we use for both our ‘Smart Aid‘ and ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ programs.

We will be adding more videos on a regular basis so why not subscribe to keep up to date with what we are doing?

For more information; Why not ask for a speaker for your organisation? or contact us at; admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help people in need 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.

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

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.