Disaster Aid Partners Combine In India

 A project to provide 8 Goverment. Ashram Schools in MokhadaJawhar Palghar district with safe Drinking Water has recently been completed

The photographs show the installation at the Government Ashram School, Palsunda.

The idea for the project was initiated in 2014 by the Diganta Swaraj Foundation of Mumbai who initially contacted Dharmendra Gangrade of Disaster Aid India and Palm Beach Rotary Club, Navi Mumbai.

Dharmendra  contacted Disaster Aid Australia about their SkyHydrant ultrafiltration solution.

Other funding partners were Rotary Club of Endeavor Hills (Australia), the Rotary Foundation  and the Bay Diligence Foundation.

This project has directly benefited 8,500 school children, staffs, and some villager in that area.

This region has been neglected and backward with local people having no access to clean and safe drinking water with many suffering from waterborne diseases.

Come Hell and High Water in Fort McMurray

The Fort McMurray Floods have wreaked havoc on a community that has been tested too many times recently.

In 2016 the massive forest fires devastated the community and many people lost their homes; the downturn in the Oil Industry has left a large section of the community unemployed.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has closed businesses and added to unemployment.

If those disasters weren’t enough the April 2020 flooding has hit people’s lives, homes and businesses again. 13,000 people were evacuated from their homes.

Businesses were flooded and some people have lost their homes for the second time in 4 years.

Many are still fighting to get insurance payouts from the fires and many do not have insurance coverage for flooding.

The community is rallying around its residents in the face of this adversity but the toll is high.

Disaster Aid Canada is working with Rotarians on the ground who are coordinating with nonprofits and small business, soup kitchens and shelters, individuals and families in need.

Disaster Aid Canada has also set up the Fort McMurray 2020 Flooding Relief Fund.

They are working with Rotary District 5370 and the two Rotary Clubs in Fort McMurray, along with community organisations to ensure that relief funds are used in the community for victims of this disaster.

You can donate via; Canada Helps, or; ATB CaresYou can also send a cheque to Disaster Aid Canada, PO Box 2141, Ladysmith BC, V9G 1B6, attn: Fort McMurray Flood Relief.

DISASTER AID CANADA (250) 661-9665 gbeltgens@disasteraid.cawww.disasteraid.ca All donations are greatly appreciated. Charity #896568417Donations will receive a tax receipt

Disaster Aid USA’s Tornado Response

Disaster Aid USA Domestic Response Team in District 6190 responded Easter Sunday  to a Tornado that ripped through Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana.

The following two photographs show the effect of the Tornado

BEFORE TORNADO

AFTER TORNADO
AFTER TORNADO

Even with the COVID-19 Virus DA USA knew they needed to go and help.

They contacted local police and first responders with the their team capabilities and their DA USA Response Trailer‘s equipment and were put to work clearing roads with their Chainsaws.

They continued working in following days clearing downed trees in neighborhoods of need tasked by the local Emergency Operations Centers. 

March 2020 Tornado Houses

A demonstration that ‘Service above Self’ means just that.

Hurrican Dorian

With Hurricane Dorian finally moving away from Grand Bahama the devastation is clear to see. 

The Rotary Club of Nassua has been erecting pre-positioned Disaster Aid Tents and Family Survival Packs.

The tents have been erected close to the Odessy Airport to house evacuees from other islands.

DARTs from Disaster Aid USA will be arriving today (Monday 9th Sept) with Sawyer Water Filters.

Further filters will be arriiving in the following days together with tarpaulins for temporary repair of homes.

The following Disaster Aid partners are involved in the response;

Disaster Aid USA

Disaster Aid  UK and Ireland

Disaster Aid Canada

Disaster Aid Brazil

Check the above links to keep updated, and support their work to help those affected by this terrible storm.

Hurricane Idai

The initial response to the Mozambique disasters was by a DARTs from Australia.

While in country they were supported by Rotarians in Mozambique and South Africa.

Volunteers Dave Tuzewski and Peter Collins have been training the local people in the use of the Sawyer Filters.

Each filter when fitted to a bucket provides safe drinking water for a family.

The filters were donated by Disaster Aid Australia, and its Disaster Aid Partners in Canada and Brazil.

Two DAUK & Ireland DART Volunteers, Peter Hazell and Suzie Vaill, arrived in Mozambique on June 4th carrying a further 100 Sawyer water filters.

While in country they worked closely with the Chimoio Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Beira.

Coordination was with Mozambique National Institute of Disaster Management and both WASH and Shelter Clusters

In addition to distributing the Water filters they also worked on shelter projects.

76 families in 2 villages of Machacuaari and Machabonha were supported in the construction of transitional shelters.

The support included:

  • Information on building back better
  • Purchasing materials 
  • Transport

 More information can be found on the Disaster UK and Ireland website

International Project to Help Colombian Children

Safe drinking water is being delivered to 48 Colombian School with SkyHydrants.

Until now the schools, in both suburban and rural locations, received untreated  water from community aqueducts.

Now SkyHydrants will be filtering the drinking water to remove all bacteria.

The project involved the following participants: 

  • 10 Rotary clubs in District 4281, led by the Rotary Club of Bogota, Teuaquilla.
  • Disaster Aid International, led by Disaster Aid Australia
  • Rotary Clubs from Australia, Canada USA, and Britain, led by the Endeavour Hills Rotary Club.
  • SkyJuice Foundation

The installations commenced with Rhett Butler of the SkyJuice Foundation leading a training session for the Colombian Rotarians.

If you want to support Disaster Aid Australia’s ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects see their DONATE PAGE