We recently recieved a message of thanks from Yeshey Dorji of the Rotary Club of Thimphu
Our planet earth is sometimes called the Blue Planet – a name derived from the color and abundance of water.
All life forms on earth are sustained by water; it is a life giver, it purifies and is a great source of strength, but it can also cause great destruction.
The most important use of water is for drinking purpose.
Water is central to healthy growth of children and adults alike.
While Bhutan has the highest per capita availability of water in the region, access to clean and safe drinking water is a huge challenge.
The problem of plenty has been caused mainly because of our geography.
While settlements and farmlands are on hilltops, most waters are in the ravines at the bottom of the valleys.
Thus people end up consuming unsafe water, but mostly muddy.
Disaster Aid Australia’s (DAA) recent partnership with the Rotary Club of Thimphu to augment its efforts to deliver safe and filtered water to schoolchildren in rural Bhutan is a welcome intervention.
Five Skyhydrants have already been installed in 5 schools spread across the country.
It is our hope that DAA will continue to contribute towards the RC Thimphu’s ongoing endeavors to safeguard the health of school children in rural Bhutan.
The Rotary Club of Thimphu wishes to thank Rotarian K. K. Looi of Malaysia for his original introduction and Disaster Aid Australia.
Thanks is also being offered to Mr. Andrew Gunn and Mr. Phillip Gribble, the DAA Members who travelled difficult terrain to install these systems.
By 28th November two Balay Mindanaw Dream Teams were prepared to begin the work of installng Disaster Aid SkyHydrants in Barangay. Dalama in Tubod and Barangay. Mindalano in Salvador.
These were two of the barangays hit hardest by Typhoon Vinta (Tembin).
One of the teams at the Lanao del Norte Incident Command Post, can be seen loading up their transport.
By the end of the day both units were installed and providing safe water to the residents of the two Barangays.
The following sections show the teams working hard with the local communities.
Planning the installation
Installing a Header tank
SkyHydrant installation underway
Trying the final product
During the recent deployment to aid victims of the Chiapas Earthquake in Mexico Disaster Aid members Helene Bo Morse and Peter Newton visited the Town of Nueva Palestina.
The town had been identified by our hosts the Rotary Club of Gutierrez as needing assistance to get safe water.
The town has a population of 8691 persons, including 4990 children living in 1952 dwellings.
Almost all of the local population is indigenous with 34% of the population speaks one of the indigenous languages, but not Spanish.
A secure site was identified at the local Church Capilla Santa Maria Guadalupe by our interpreter Rocio Cruz Garcia
The local parish priest Luis Eduardo Beltran was happy to give us permmission to install the skyhydrant and agree to access for the townspeople can access the water for their personal use.
A nominal charge was agreed with local residents to employ a person to ensure regular maintenance.
Our Philippines partner, Balay Mindanaw has provided us with a further update dated December 26, 2017
Based on their initial assessment, the areas hit hardest by Tropical Storm Tembin (Vinta) are
Current relief activities are
Urgent needs are:
Balay Mindanaw is immediately