The devastation throughout the carribean of Hurricane Irma has resulted in considerable activity from Disaster Aid UK in both Puerto Rico and Dominica
At the request of Disaster Aid USA one of the experienced British Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) volunteers travelled to Puerto Rico to head up a team providing aid to the community.
The big issue in Puerto Rico is a lack of safe potable water and the frustration of limited electrical power to ﬁlter water.
Fortunately, Disaster Aid provided personal/family water ﬁlters that do not require electricity to operate.
The second deployment is to Dominica.
The Rotary clubs in Dominica have been instrumental in helping get this deployment underway and the DARTS are working with them throughout their time on the island.
The Caribbean Hurricane Appeal is still open and is being run through Disaster Aid UK
For more information check out the following link: Hurricane Irma Appeal
The State of Chiapas, Mexico was hit by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake in early September.
Hurricane Katia then contributed rain to the devastated area followed by a Central Mexico Earthquake in late September
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DAI have been asked to work with World Vision and the local Rotary Club to support the rural communities.
Our aid is expected to include;
An initial Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) of Peter Newton and Bo Morse are on their way to Chiapas to fully assess the local needs.
A second 2 person DART will then project manage the implementation.
Disaster Aid Australia have budgeted to support this project with AU$100,000 of Aid.
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.
If you want to support our life saving aid to communities you can make a Donation Now on this web site