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.

Will you help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver COVID 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.

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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Value For Your Donation

With the end of the Tax Year and the Rotary Year coming quickly we would like to remind potential supporters of how Disaster Aid Australia continues to have a cost effective impact.

Delivery Through the Pandemic

Although the pandemic has made the delivery of international aid difficult, our network of trusted partners has meant we have continued to deliver.

The video below gives an appreciation of our activities.

How We Minimise Costs

The Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills provides support to this club project by meeting the office rent, in addition to donating to our projects.

A very large part of the administration, marketing, and aid delivery work is carried out by volunteers with over 2,000 hours a year being donated to the organisation. (Only 0.6 full time equivalen paid staff)

We train local people in the countries where we work, which limits the amount of travel we have to fund.

We buy aid materials in country rather than pay high freight costs.

This means that the percentage of donations spent on aid is maximised.

The Results

We deliver ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ for less than $1 /per person/year.

Our ‘SmartAid‘ provides enough materials for affected people to rebuild their homes for $1,000.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to deliver cost effective international aid you can donate at the link below;

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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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Pamanukan Flood Response

During February and March large parts of the town of Pamanukan Indonesia was underwater.

Initial assistance to the community was provided by the Rotary Club of Bandung Pakuan.

As the flood waters dropped the damage to the homes of some of the poorer people of Pamanukan became apparent.

Disaster aid Australia was contacted by Rotary Club of Bandung Pakuan and ageed to provide Smart Aid funds for repair and rebuilding.

The funds will be used to pay for materials for the construction of basic houses which will have a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen and a toilet.

Construction is now well underway and is estimated to be 40% complete.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help the people of Pamanukan, and many other countries receive Smart Aid click on the link below;

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Visit Disaster Aid Australia

With COVID restrictions easing Disaster Aid Australia has re-opened its office to Vocational Visits.

Find out what it takes to run an international aid charity.

See our demonstration SkyHydrant treating dirty water, and transforming it to clean safe drinking water.

Find out about the aid we have continued to deliver through a pandemic.

We also provide groups with a great meal for $20/ head, with various menu options available.

The office is located just off the South Gippsland Freeway at the Princes Highway (Hallam) exit.

For more information contact us at admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au

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.

More SkyHydrants in the Philippines

As well as responding to disasters our local partner Balay Mindanw has continued working at providing Safe Water for Every Child.

This SkyHydrant, installed in Coopville, is the 75th SkyHydrant installed by Balay Mindanaw, and the 5th in partnership with the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro.

SkyHydrant No 76 was installed in March at Barangay Tula, Alubijid supported by the Rotary Club of Carmen Valley.

The unit has been installed at the Barangay hall to be managed by the barangay council.

Another tank has been installed at the elementary school ready for the school opening so every child can be protected with safe, clean drinking water.

Thanks to the Balay Mindanaw DREAM-SH Team for quietly and efficiently carrying out the installations.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia continue to help children in the Philippines, and many other countries have ‘Safe Drinking Water’ click on the link below;

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A Year of COVID

In March 2020 we were only just finding out about COVID-19.

Over the past year Disaster Aid Australia has had to change how it operates . . . . but it hasn’t stopped us delivering on our two programs.

SmartAid

We have been able to continue to deliver our typical SmartAid of ‘Shelter’ and ‘Safe drinking Water’ with our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw and Disaster Aid Europe in response to:

We have also worked with partners on COVID related aid including:

Safe Water for Every Child

Although our Bhutan 2020 project has been delayed we are still expecting completion of this major project to supply safe water to 120 schools by mid 2021.

Our installations in the Philippines have continued to grow with 76 SkyHydrants now installed in communities.

We have continued to support Karen villages in Myanmar.

For the first time we have been involved in Vietnam supporting the Australian Water Association install 10 SkyHydrants.

To help Disaster Aid Australia  continue to provide Aid you can making a donation at the link below:

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Water System Repair in Honduras

The water supply system of La Mata de Plátano Village in Honduras, was destroyed by hurricanes Eta and Iota in late 2020.  

Villagers hard at work building a new dam

Comayagua Rotary Club is helping the villagers restore the system with international support, from many Rotarians, led by our partner Disaster Aid Canada.

DAA, as part of their program of helping their trusted partners during the COVID travel restrictions, is also supporting the villagers.

Giving the local people a ‘Hand Up! Not a Handout!’

The Completed Dam

With the new dam in place more work is still needed to repair broken pipes.

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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