Australian Disaster Aid Response Team members Helene Bo Morse, Peter Newton, and Di Holland  have been busy working in Chiapas over the past month.

Housing

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Two months after the earthquake many homes still looked like this photograph.

Disaster Aid have been  helping local people build back better by providing materials including steel reinforcing to make new houses much more resistant to earthquakes.

36 housholds were identified in Nuevo Palestina, Jiquipilas and Rizo De Oro, Cintalada for repair.

A typical material list per household was: 

  • Chain reinforcing steel to link the footings to the wall
  • Steel vertical pillars for The four corners and door frame
  • 55 bags.of cement for block making & footings
  • 12 sheetsof corrugated roofing iron
  • 4 steel rafters
  • 100 roofing screws

At just over $1,000 per household.

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Chiapas Hospital

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A triple SkyHydrant unit at the Chiapas Hospital has been installed 

After testing by Mexican Authorities the water has been approved as suitable for consumption.

This will result in considerable savings to the local hospital which has previously had to rely on daily purchases of bottled water.

 

School

The Ignacio Zaragoza Primary School has been re-opened following repairs to damaged classrooms.

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Disaster Aid Australia Response Team members Andrew Gunn and Phillip Gribble are currently in Bhutan and Nepal.

They are suppling and installing 4 SkyHydrants in Bhutan and 2 in Nepal.bongo2

Most schools in Bhutan and Nepal have unsafe drinking water which can be contaminated with dirt in the rainy season and bacteria such as E Coli, Typhus, and other diseases which cause respiratory illness’ and blindness.

Student absenteeism averages around 5% to 10% due waterborne illness.

As education is one of the best ways these generations will improve their own lives and help to continue building these nations.

Keeping these kids healthy and at school through the provision of safe water to drink and cook with is our challenge.

In selecting the sites DAA liaised with the Bhutan Education and Health Departments and also received a request from the King of Bhutan's Welfare Office.

Thanks to our in country contacts  Mr Yeshey Hoorpilla of the Rotary Club of Thimpu, and the Bhutan Toilet Organisation (BTO) we have received great local support.

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These children were delighted to try the clean water at our first installation at their school in Bongo a small village with a population of around 300.

 

 

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Following the  Chiapas Earthquake our Response Team have identified a significant project at the San Cristóbal Public Hospital in Mexico.

The hospital, which treats the poorest families, has 100 beds

Every Year they treat15,000 emergencies cases with 12,000 surgical procedures a year.

The people 'camping' outside in the photograph are patients waiting for treatment, and their families, who have travelled large distances for care.

Water from the town supply is currently unfiltered so is unfit for drinking, and is often contaminated which even makes it unsuitable for cleaning and laundry.

Currently the hospital has to buy twenty five 20 litre containers of drinking water every day for potable use.

Three SkyHydrants are currently on their way to the hospital which should meet all the hospitals water requirement.

These will be installed by our Disaster Aid Response Team working with the local hospital staff.

 

 

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Hurricane Irma

irma 656x328 The devastation throughout the carribean of Hurricane Irma has resulted in considerable activity from Disaster Aid UK in both Puerto Rico and Dominica

Puerto Rico 

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.     

Dominica

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 

 

 

 

 

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