Hurricane Henri

The Category 4 Hurricane Henri has hit the USA hard.

In addition to the extensive wind damage life threating storm surge inundation of 3m above ground level is possible across portions of Louisiana Mississippi Tennessee and Ohio Valley.

Disaster Aid volunteer teams have headed to the affected area with their; Emergency Trailers, Boats, and Excavators.

They are also be bringing in supplies of gas, water, generators tools.

Due to the difficulties of transport they have enough supplies to be self-sustaining for the next two weeks.

To help go to Disaster Aid USA

First SkyHydrant for Albania

Following the Albanian Earthquake in 2019 Disaster Aid Europe (DAE) travelled to the country to help.

Following a needs assessment conducted with the Rotary Club of Duress clean water was identified as a key concern.

The first location identified for a Skyhydrant was for students of the university campus in Duress.

This had been close to the earthquake epicentre.

DAE raised the funds and worked with the Rotary Club on the installation.

They were aided by Disaster Aid Australia, who shipped the SkyHydrant, to the partners, and provided technical support via ZOOM.

The unit, which provides clean water for 2000 students, was handed over in July 2021.

The team at the tap stand for the official handover
If you would like to help Disaster Aid Europe continue their support for safe drinking water in Albania contact them through their website @ www.disasteraideurope.com

Congratulations to Larry Agee

Larry, co-founder and Executive Director of Disaster Aid USA, has been has been announced as one of three national finalists for the Volunteer of the Year Award.

The nomination, from the ‘Invest in Others Charitable Foundation‘, comes with a $20,000 donation to DA USA.

If Larry wins the donation will increase to $50,000.

Over the past eleven years, Agee has served as Disaster Aid USA’s Executive Director.

He has also committed countless hours in a variety of capacities including:

  • Deploying to over a dozen countries;
  • Deploying to multiple domestic disasters;
  • Managing logistics and transportation;
  • Raising funds.
During a Deployment in 2021

Larry aalso took over as the Chair of Disaster Aid International in July 2021 for a two year term.

DAM helps Jehai Orang Asli

The Jehai Orang Asli community is located in the Royal Belum Forest.

The Rotary Club of Bandar Utama has been supporting the community for some time

Initially seven homes in the village were destroyed by rampaging wild elephants.

Elephant Damage

Following the damage the affected villagers initially moved to a houseboat, but this unfortunatly sank in a storm.

Disaster Aid Malaysia have been working with the RCBU and its members to help with the recovery.

Funds contributed have been used to purchase the following tools and building materials:

  1. A generator
  2. LED Lights
  3. Cutting Saw
  4. Zinc sheet (as roof for houses)
  5. Tents
  6. Nails
  7. Wire

Rebuilding Underway

Progress Report on Beirut Hospital

Following the devasting Beirut port explosion in 2020 Disaster Aid Europe (DAE) have been working with Beirut Rotarians on repairs to the Rosary Hospital.

Stuart, Sister Chlotti and Rotarian Rayan with new hospital beds

Stuart Amesbury from DAE has spent the last two weeks In Beirut checking on the progress of the work.

This included the delivery of

  • 18 ICU beds purchased thtough a Global Grant.
  • $30,000 of spare parts for repairing damaged beds.

You can help Disaster Aid Europe on this humanitarian project by donating at this link: HELP BEIRUT

Visiting RICON?

Check out the Disaster Aid International Booth

The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be held on line this year from 12th June.

As part of the Convention there will be a Virtual House of Friendship.

Why not make a point of visiting and check out Disaster Aid International booth?

You will be able to:

  • See an Interview with Tito Receconco (DA USA) and Brian Ashworth (DAA) on the ‘Front Page’.
  • Watch videos of our members responding to disasters.
  • See why we use SkyHydrants.
  • Find the websites and facebook pages of our members.
  • Learn how you, or your club, can get involved in Disaster Aid International.

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 International, as 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 Australia has a 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 International Support

Disaster Aid Australia has provided a grant to the Diganta Swaraj Foundation to help them purchase vital supplies.

Disaster Aid UK & Ireland and Disaster Aid USA are looking to source oxygen concentrators.

Disaster Aid Canada is also looking at starting a fundraising campaign.

If you can help follow the above links to find out how to donate to your countries Disaster Aid organisation.

North and Central America Project

Disaster Aid Canada has determined they want to focus on assisting in rebuilding communities and building capacity in Central America in 2021/2022.

This has been based on experience in projects in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

After Tropical Storm Eta

In conjuction with Disaster Aid USA they have formed a Disaster Aid Regional Collaborative.

Membership is open to Rotary Clubs and Districts from Canada to Panama as well as non-profit organizations and funders working in North and Central America

Their goals are:

  • Utilize the existing experience, networks, skills and resources to establish Disaster Aid partners in Central American countries.
  • Build partnerships with Rotary Clubs and Districts to respond to emergencies in their own regions and to work together to rebuild communities.
  • Partner with non-profit and educational organisations to support the building of community capacity through education and training programs.

For further information contact Gerry Beltgens at: gbeltgens@disasteraid.ca

Beirut Blast Update

Since the catastropic explosion in Beirut in August 2020 Disaster Aid Europe (DAE) has been working with Lebanese Rotarians and Rotoractors on a response.

DART Stuart Amesbury carried out an initial assessment and determined that the badly damaged Rosary Hospital was a critial asset for the city.

DAE have been heavily involved in fundraising and obtaining donations in kind to replace damaged equipment and supplies at the hospital.

This has been supported by Disaster Aid Canada.

The efforts have also included support from Disaster Aid Australia which enabled Stuart, working with Rotoractors, to install 2 SkyHydrants at the Rosary Hospital.

Although some parts of the hospital are now operating there is much more that needs to be done!

If you want to help you can find out more at the:

Beirut Appeal

Bhutan 2020 Project Progressing

These 15 skyhydrants from Disaster Aid Australia are on the way to provide safe water for the children of Bhutan.

This shipment means that 105 of the 120 SkyHydrants promised to Bhutan in the ‘BHUTAN 2020‘ project have now been dispatched.

Up to now over 40,000 children and school staff are being protected.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia complete this inspiring project click on the link below;

DONATE

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