At the recent AGM of Disaster Aid Australia Annual General Meeting a long standing Chairman, Bob Powell, announced his Retirement from the role.
As it was Bob's 82 Birthday the same week he was presented with a cake.
David Langworthy will be taking over the role of Chairman in the short term.
Board members; Peter Faulkner, Dave Tuzewski, and Darren Mayne were also due for re-election.
Peter Faulkner was elected to continue, with Dave and Darren not seeking re-election.
Bo Morse stepped down from her role with the Board due to other commitments.
Dr Angeline Low and Brian Ashworth nominated for Board membership and were elected.
Details of all current Board members are at the following link: DAA Board
In conjuction with the Rotary Club of Cartegana, Emperesial, of Columbia two Skyhydrants™
are in the process of being installed.
A Rotary Global Grant has also been completed to assist in the funding of 50 Skyhydrants™ for schools in Columbia.
Other Global Grant projects currently being considered include installations in
We have also in discussions about possible partnerships with Rotary Clubs in ; Kenya, Fiji, Singapore, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic.
A recent front page in the Philippine Star newspaper showed SkyHydrant™ units, provided by Disaster Aid,being used to supply safe water at Evacuation Centers in Mindanaw
The people in the Evacuation centres have been displace from Marawi City as a result of an armed uprising by Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS).
Our local partner Balay Mindanaw are using the units in conjunction with fire engines which cart raw water to the temporary evacuation centres
The water is then pumped to header tanks feeding SkyHydrants™ which filter the water, and deliver it direct to the residents containers minimising the chance of contamination.
Although the uprising in Marawi is coming to an end there has been extensive damage to properties.
It may be some time before everyone can leave the evacuation centres and return to their homes.
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Disaster Aid Response team members Andrew Gunn and Phil Gribble recently travelled to Nepal with 2 SkyHydrants, and supervised the first installation at the Janek School in Bhakundebesi.
The Janek school caters for 800 students from pre school to year 12.
Water supply is a ground well some 50 meters over a road from the school.
During the 2015 earthquake the school building was damaged but continues to be used.
The students were drinking the well water and the canteen was preparing food with the same water which is contaminated with pathogens'.
The school currently runs at 5 to 10 per cent absenteeism due to the well water causing sickness.
A team of about 6 locals including school staff and a local plumber worked with Andrew and Phil on the installation of the header tank and filter.
In spite of various problems in getting suitable plumbing fittings, and being able to secure the skyhydrant in place the majority of the installation was completed in a day.
The canteen and drink taps now have safe and clean water.
It was suggested the students also take home filtered water if this will help their families.
Andrew and Phil felt that it had been wonderful to be involved this project and witness the profound happiness of the teachers and parents who saw this task completed.