Disaster Aid Brasil have this month been reacting to the Venezuela refugee crisis.
Over the last three years Venezuela has been facing economic disaster.
Drastic shortages of food, medicine, electricity and other necessities have resulted in riots.
Crime and suspected police killings have given Venezuela a frighteningly high rate of murder and violence.
Runaway inflation since 2015 has resulted in basic goods increase by more than 500%.
With thousands of refugees streaming across the Brazilian border to Disaster Aid Brazil has been helping with vital supplies.
Over the past year Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) has been working to help provide 'Safe Water for Every Child' to children at rural schools in Bhutan.
The project has been in conjunction with our local partners; The Rotary Club of Thimphu, the Bhutan Toilet Organisation, and the Bhutan Ministry of Education.
A number of SkyHydrant installations have been completed, including this one at the Zhemgang school.
At a DAA Board meeting on the 12th May it was decided to adopt a target of achieving Safe Drinking Water for EVERY Rural School in Bhutan.
To meet this ambitious target we will need to raise $1,000,000 over the next 2 years.
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One of the Keynote speakers at the DAA 2018 Conference was Governor Mujiv S. Hataman of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
He is seen here sampling water treated by the demonstration Skyhydrant at the conference together with three members of the Disaster Aid Malaysia Board. (From the left KK Looi, Judy Chong, Mujiv S. Hataman, and Janice Lim)
During his talk the Governor was able to tell us that there had been no outbreaks of gastric illnesses at any of the Marawi Crisis temporary re-settlement camps where Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrants had been installed.
This was in contrast to other temporary re-settlement camps where there had been serious outbreaks of dysentery and cholera.
The benefits of the SkyHydrant solution had greatly impressed him and he was currently seeking funding for a joint project with Disaster Aid Australia to fund many additional SkyHydrants in his region.
He expressed the Marawi Region's gratitude to Disaster Aid Australia, and our local partner Balay Mindanaw who carried out the installations.
Many schools in Bhutan have a large number of pupils who are boarders due to their homes being in remote locations.
With lots of children not only attanding school, but living in close proximity, protection from gastric problems is important.
This is why the Bhutan Goverment has welcomed the installation of Skyhydrants.
We have just received results back from the Yebilaptsa Central School where a Disaster Aid Skyhydrant has been installed.
Since the skyhydrant was installed over the January school holidays the incidence of cases of diarrhea have dropped by more than 70%.
As some of these cases may be from children returning to school while affected we are hoping a full years results will be even better!