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!
A key element in Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) providing aid in 'Smart Aid' and 'Safe Water for Every Child' is raising money.
Without funds our Disaster Aid Response Team would be unable to help people in developing countries.
One way we raise awareness of DAA is by attending the Annual Conferences of Rotary International and its Allied Organisations.
Here are Martin and Wilma Pater at the International Inner Wheel Conference in Melbourne.
We also have speakers at many Rotary Club meetings around Australia.
If you can help us by attending conferences or speaking at Rotary meetings please Contact Us
We can supply all the information, and publicity materials you might need.
In May 2017 the centre of Marawi City was taken over by Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS).
This started a six month battle before the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) could take back the city and defeat the rebels.
During this time over 84 thousand families were displaced.
Disaster Aid Australia and Balay Mindanaw, our local partner immediately responded to the crisis situation by assisting in the supply of safe water with Skyhydrants and also providing tents and tarpaulins in the displaced persons camps.
Disaster Aid Australia Directors David Langworthy and Brian Ashworth were able to visit Marawi earlier this year to see how the reconstruction efforts were proceeding.
During the visit the Directors, and Balay Mindanaw representatives, were briefed by the Commander of the Bangon Marawi Task Force who are responsible for reconstruction of the city and bringing the residents back to their home city.
The briefing included an inspection of a site being prepared for a camp to enable citizens to relocate from the initial resettlement camps many kilometers from Marawi to a location close to the city.
Over 200 Disaster Aid tents have now been erected on the site together with a SkyHydrant to supply safe drinking water.
This camp is an important step in getting people back to living close to the their place of work.
As part of our 'Safe Water for Every Child' project four more skyhydrants have been formally handed over to Ms. Jamyang Choeden, Chief of the School Health and Nutrition Division.
We provided one SkyHydrant Max and three of the smaller SkyHydrant Gem units for smaller schools.
The meeting was also attended by officials of the School Health and Nutrition Division.
Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Thimphu Rtn. S T Dorji did the honors of handing over the Skyhydrants on behalf of Disaster Aid Australia and the Rotary Club.
These units will be installed in the next few weeks to provide safe drinking water for another four schools.