Celebrating International Day of Friendship

On the ‘International Day of Friendship‘ it is a time for our volunteers, and supporters, to appreciate and promote the friendships developed through Disaster Aid Australia’s activities.

Friendship means empathy, compassion and concern for other people.

Valuing and celebrating friendship fosters these characteristics and gives a more selfless and grateful outlook on life. 

Through working alongside our Disaster Aid International partners we have developed friendships in Britain, Malaysia, Canada, the USA, Czech Republic, and India.

By helping people in the Philippines, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, and many other developing countries we have built strong frienships with our delivery partners.

Some Ways to celebrate:

  • Contact a friend and have a chat; 
  • Reach out to someone who you’ve not spoken to; 
  • Think about what unites people instead of what separates us;
  • Volunteer, and help others. 

If you would like the opportunity to find friends in other countries, why not become involved in Disaster Aid Australia.

Contact us at admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au

Timor Floods Response

In early April our northern neighbour Timor Leste was hit by the biggest floods in 50 Years.

As well as the immediate devastation a major issue was the lack of safe drinking water.

Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrants have been used to provide clean bacteria free water in several locations with substantial contributions from many partners.

‘Balibo House Trust’ and ‘Engineers Without Borders’

In 2020 Disaster Aid Australia provided 5 SkyHydrants to Balibo House Trust. (3 provided at cost and 2 donated) to be used for schools and communities around Balibo

With the disruptions due to the pandemic it had not been possible to complete the permanant installation and the units were still in storage.

Engineers Without Borders, who have people based in Timor Leste, were able to collect the SkyHydrants, on loan, and set up a temporary safe water supply.

DAA assisted with technical advice.

Rotary Projects East Timor

This West Australian based project is supported by the Rotary Club of Kwinana and Rotary District 9465;  with additional support from the Rotary Club of Philip Island and San Remo and Disaster Aid Australia.

The project had a SkyHydrant which has been urgently installed in the Don Bosco Centre, Comoro.

This SkyHydrant is now supplying water to around 500 Students and to the local villagers.

DAA assisted during the installation and commissioning with advice by phone, e-mail, and our You Tube Videos.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to work with partners to help disaster affected people you can donate at the following link:

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

   

Helping in Vanuatu

Many farmers in Australia rely on seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands.

Daniel Toko, from Vanuatu, is one of these workers who has been based in Tasmania.

When some Tasmanian friends told Danial about the SkyHydrant he could see it would help the people in his village, and the surrounding area.

Villagers in Erakor

Will you help Danial’s Tasmanian friends by donating towards a SkyHydrant for the village.

You can make a donation by clicking on our ‘Donation Cart Button’ below.

 

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Safe Water for Every Child’ in Myanmar

January might be the‘Holiday Period’ for some people but Disaster Aid are still providing new ‘Safe Water For Every Child’ installations.

Director Angeline Low, and Danny Low, from Disaster Aid Australia are currently in Myanmar to install two SkyHydrants with the assistance of KK Looi of Disaster Aid Malaysia.

These installations are in association with the Rotary Club of Yangon.

In addition to the two installations carried out several other sites were inspected for future installations.

 

 

If you want to support Disaster Aid ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects in Bhutan, Myanmar, the Philipines, India and Indonesia you can donate at:  Disaster Aid Australia 

 

DAA Recognised In International Awards

The Energy Globe Awards were founded in 1999 to  present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience.

Disaster Aid Australia entered our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project for the Philippines for the 2018 Awards

The entry was one of more than 2,300 entries from 182 countries around the world.

In June 2018 year it was selected as the best project submitted from Australia.

A key issue in selection was the fact the SkyHydrant, that we install for the project can provide 10,000 litres per day of safe water without using electricity or chemicals.

In December 2018 Energy Globe announced that the ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project was one of the 4 World Nominees in the water category.

This invitation to attend, and speak at the awards ceremony, is a recognition our project is ‘Worlds Best Practice’ in providing sustainable drinking water to developing countries.

 

If you want to support our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects you can donate at:  Disaster Aid Australia