Disaster Aid Australia's Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw has been busy.
They have recently returned from installing a SkyHydrant in Barangay Banbanon on the island of Mindanao.
Although this is a 'Safe Water for Every Child' a whole community benefits from the SkyHydrant.
Safe water in a convenient location really helps; women with young children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
The Barangay Diatagon in Lianga, Surigao del Sur has been affected by armed conflict.
As a result over 1200 people have been dispaced and in desparate need of shelter and safe drinking water.
Our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw immediatly acted,
They are working in partnership with local government, government and other non goverment organisations to respond to the communities needs
Part of the reponse has been the installation of a Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant to keep people safe from water borne disease.
Safe drinking water, a basic human right.
This international award was founded by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.
The aim of the Awards is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience.
Our submission was based on 'Safe Water for Every Child' as delivered in the Philippines.
The project’s aim is to provide clean water to communities across the Philippines in an effective, long term sustainable manner.
The method of ensuring clean water is to install community Skyhydrants which are low pressure ultra filtration units which remove bacteria from the water without the need for electrical power or chemicals.
Each Skyhydrant filter, provided by Disaster Aid Australia, can produce 20Litres per day, per person, of safe water for a community of up to 500 people.
The filters operate without any source of power if a gravity water supply is available.
The use of chemicals is limited to weekly cleaning only.
Disaster Aid Australia have trained our Philippine partner organization Balay Mindanaw in the installation and operations of the filters.
As the local installation work is carried out locally by Balay Mindenaw there is a huge cost saving compared with using expatriate installers.
To date over 40 Skyhydrants have been permanently installed and another 3 have been used in temporary mobile installations to help people displaced due to recent fighting by Islamic rebels in Marawi.
With the recent increased activity of the Kilauea Volcano there has been massive disruption to the surrounding areas of Hawaii.
Explosions have resulted in plumes of ash being thrown over 9000m and falling onto nearby towns.
Clouds of toxic fumes have been released.
As well as the main crater, over 20 fissures have opened on the sides of the volcano with rivers of lava flowing across the land destroying crops and homes.
With 2000 people evacuated and dozens of homes and vehicles destroyed Disaster Aid USA (DAUSA) is responding.
Disaster Aid tents have been sent from the DAUSA store to help Hawaiians who have been evacuated from their homes
For more information check the following link: Disaster Aid USA