Ukraine Update

In addition to the post about Disaster Aid Europe here is some information about the actions of other DAI partners

Disaster Aid USA

Tents being loaded

Although Disaster Aid USA are busy with Tornado damage in their South East they are also commited to supporting the Ukraininan people.

They have shipped to DA Europe:

  • 25 Tents;
  • 30,000 meal packs
  • 100 Luminaid Solar lightl/phone chargers;
  • 1,000 Sawyer water filters (See Video below for a demonstration of Sawyer filters)

In partnership with the Rotary Club of Warszawa they have also purchased an ambulance which is being set up before being sent to the Ukraine.

Sawyer Filter Demonstration

Disaster Aid Canada

Disaster Aid Canada have raised $10,000 for Sawyer water filters and are currently reviewing shipping tents

Disaster Aid UK and Ireland

Disaster Aid UK and Ireland have sent two DARTs, Peter and Suzie.

They have travelled to the Romanian Border to assist the Rotary Club of Botosani.

During their deployment will also be reviewing the situation for further response actions.

Disaster Aid Australia

Disaster Aid Australia has provided $10,000 and three SkyHydrants to date, and expect to provide further support for Disaster Aid Europes 2nd Supply mission.

Ukraine Aid Delivered

Response Management

The closest Disaster AId International partner to the Ukraine, Prague based Disaster Aid Europe (DAE), has been in constant contact with Ukrainian Rotarians since the begining of the Crisis.

This has ensured they are clear in what is needed.

Aid Collection

DAE has been acting as a collection point for the items needed by the people affected by the crisis.

Materials on the way from Belgium

Aid equipment, and donations for locally purchased materials have been shipped to Prague from:

  • Rotarians across Europe.
  • Disaster Aid Internatioal partners as far away as Australia and the Americas.

Stage 1 Delivery

Last week the first delivery mission set off from Prague to Kosice In Slovakia, close to the Ukraine border.

Setting off from Prague

In Kovice they were deliverd to a emergency warehouse that has been provided by a local Rotarian.

Kovice Emergency warehouse

Stage 2 Delivery

Almost immediatly the materials were transferred to Ukrainian vans.

The vans are operaterd by Ukrainian students who take the equipment over the boder to Uzhorod.

Ukrainian Students driving materials from Kovice.

Once in Uzhorod the further distribution in managed by local Rotarians.

You can make a donation to Disaster aid Europe by clicking on the Donate link below:

DONATE

You can also check if your local Disaster Aid International partner is running a Ukraine Appeal at the following link: Disaster Aid International Partners

Help for Ukraine!

Disaster Aid Europe (www.disasteraideurope.com), a project of Rotary Club Prague International, is fundraising to provide humanitarain aid for Ukrainian refugees to the Slovak/Ukrainian border.

Image from www.cepa.org

Volunteers will be travelling to the border with a trailer of needed items.

It is also hoped to take this humanitarian aid over the border to Rotarians in Uzhorod, Ukraine. 

Additionally a Rotary train with 600-700 Ukrainian refugees is soon arriving in Pilsen and Jihlava in the Czech Republic and donations will also help these victims.

Please donate at : www.disasteraideurope.com

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.