Beirut Update

Building Damage

The 4th August Beirut Explosion caused at least 190 deaths with 6,500 injuries and  billions in property damage.

With DAA being unable to travel we provided advice and support to Disaster Aid Europe DART, Stuart Amesbury, who travelled to Beirut to assess the situation

During his four day visit Stuart met with Rotarians and Rotaractors, staff from hospitals, the Country Director of Medair, as well as residents of Beirut.

Upon his return Stuart’s summarised the situation as follows:

Hospital Damage

Since the blast, the situation for more than 300,000 is at breaking point.

There is a great need for immediate, as well as long term assistance, with various projects and local agencies requiring support now and in the future. 

Due to the long term consequences of this disaster and the winter months coming, it is felt there will be a need for a long term project based on  requirements identified by on ground Rotarians and Rotaractors.

Rotarians and Rotarators have combined to form the Rotary Beirut Crisis Committee

In addition to Disaster Aid Europe’s support :

  • Disaster Aid Australia have been running an appeal and we are planning to send SkyHydrants to provide safe water for hospitals.
  • Disaster Aid Canada has also indicated they will be supporting the response with Sawyer filters and solar lighting.
  • Disaster Aid UK & Ireland have commenced an appeal.
Rotaractors assembling care packages.

To find out more there is a Facebook live event on September 5th which we encourage all Rotarians to watch. . . Details are below

 Rotaract Mediterranean live event in support of Beirut Stay Strong

https://www.facebook.com/events/331862051340576

The live event will take place over Facebook Live on Saturday 5th of September from 4.00pm  Central European Summer Time (Midnight Melbourne Time)

 

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.

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;

DONATE

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;

DONATE

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

 

Helping the COVID Isolation Unit in Cagayan de Oro

The Balay Mindaw volunteers who are managing the isolation unit

Our partners the Balay Mindanaw Foundation have converted their Disaster Response HQ (the DREAM Hub) into an Isolation Unit for Cagayan de Oro City.

A Disaster Aid Australia GEM SkyHydrant is used to protect the heath of volunteers and patients by supplying safe drinking water

Isolation of those returning is a huge issue in the Philippines as many work overseas, and on cruise ships.

With no work large number of these Filipinos are now having to return home.

Since April the Balay Mindanaw volunteers have been responsible for three groups of patients

  1. Returning construction workers who lost their jobs in Davao and were sent home, and had to undergo quarantine for 14 days.
  2. Family and neighbors of a patient who died because of Covid. Four of them initially tested positive but eventually got healed after being quarantined for 21 days.
  3. MSU Marawi students who are Cagayan de Oro residents.  After 12 days they all tested negative.

Further groups will be looked after as the pandemic continues.

To ensure isolation a number of tents have been set up inside the DREAM Hub building.

If you want to support Disaster Aid Australia’s COVID Aid, or Safe Water for Every Child click on the link below;

DONATE

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

 

 

Response to COVID 19 in Nepal

The Rotary Club of Kathmandu have taken an important role is responding to COVID -19 in Nepal

Supported by a range of organisations within Nepal and internationally they have;

  • Supplied food to disadvantaged people, students and others at high risk due lock down conditions.
  • Provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to health facilities in support of the Ministry of Health.
  • Increased awareness of the risk through public service announcements, brochures and social media.
  • Provided pedal operated hand washing stations.

Disaster Aid Australia is helping the response with a grant of $5,000.

If you want to support Disaster Aid Australia’s COVID aid click on the link below;

DONATE

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