I am back from a five-week visit to India having traveled to west, south, north, and east.
The need for clean drinking water is all over rural India.
Disaster Aid’s challenge to Indian Rotarians: “All children in India should have access to clean drinking water” is very appropriate.
Your hard work of carrying two SkyHydrant™units to India as “Check-in luggage” is paying off.
The unit at Navi Mumbai was exhibited at the District Conference, per Dharmendra (D.G.), and it was admired by all attendees there.
I am sure it will find its place at the demo site near Navi Mumbai very soon.
The unit at Purulia is now installed as: “SkyHydrant East in memory of Satnam Singh Rayat", father of Permi Rayat 20016-2017 President of the Rotary Club Of Endeavour Hills.
This first Sky-Hydrant unit supplies clean drinking water to 300 students of RSR Vidyapith high school.
Disaster Aid International's (DAI) generous donation of the SkyHydrant unit by is appreciated by the students and the nearby village residents.
The students love the water, and nearby village residents come and fill empty bottles and carry the water home for drinking purpose.
Our thanks to Purulia Rotary club and to RSR Vidyapith for installing the first demonstration unit of the SkyHydrant in India.
A collaborative relationship has been established with Emily Haanschuten community health facilitator.
Emily's roles and responsibilities, based at Ndui Ndui Health Centre from April 2016 – April 2018, include helping the community with health awareness, capacity building, electronic health records and education in the areas of WASH, Reproductive Health and Noncommunicable diseases.
On behalf of Disaster Aid International Emily has placed the Sawyer Water Filters with the most vulnerable and needy families in West Ambae for use in maternity wards and elsewhere in the Health Centre.
Emily does a needs assessment conducted at approximately one month before baby's due date.
If required new Mothers will go home with a Sawyer water filter attached to a new bucket after being discharged from the Ndui Ndui Health Centre
We have delivered aid into South Sudan over recent years to provide some assistance during the longstanding and bloody conflict between North and South Sudan that has affected countless people.
Our Family Survival Packs, with our own tents were prominent in those deliveries.
We were pleasantly surprised, and extremely pleased to receive an email and photographs from an aid worker with the United Nations (Peacekeeping Operations).
The email read:
“This is just a random email - I saw your tents in the disputed border zone between Sudan and South Sudan while doing an inter-agency assessment and decided to take a few snapshots for you to see that they are being used.
Saw them in a village called Miyadol where people who were displaced during the conflict are coming back.”
This is testament to the quality of our tents which were designed by Larry Agee (Disaster Aid USA an experienced leader of many Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTs).
Image from bbc.com
Disaster Aid USA and its International Partners including Disaster Aid Australia, reponded to what has been described as the worst storm to hit the Pacific.
Vanautu is one of the worlds least developed countries with two-thirds of the population living from agriculture. Nearly three quarters of the population live in rural areas or remote islands and this will be a complicating factor for any relief effort.
With winds of up to 300km/h the storm resulted in at least 3,300 people being displaced and over 19,000 households in need of essential aid.
The shortage of drinking water was defined as critical.
Over 90% of the buildings have been destroyed.
As Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale said “”After all the development we have done for the last couple of years and this big cyclone came and just destroyed all the infrastructure the government has built. Completely destroyed.”
Disaster Aid International deployed two members of our Disaster Aid Response Team to Vanuatu. Wayne (USA) and Dianne Holland (Australia)
Dianne and Wayne worked closely with members of the two Rotary Clubs, Port Vila and Vanuatu Grass Roots; and also with ProMedical (an arm of local NGO, the Vanuatu Emergency Medical Services Association (VEMSA) committee).
Following discussions with the affected communities and other aid organisations, the assessment confirmed. the needs as
A number of Sawyer filters have been distributed, each sufficient to keep a large family supplied with clean water for several years.
The team also assessed the most effective places to site Skyhydrants which will provide clean water for whole communities.
We started by arranging for the local supply of over 100 Home Repair Kits and tarpaulins.
Also following a meeting with former PM Barak Sope (an MP for 25 years and now a respected community elder) permission was gained to use fallen trees for building materials.
The trees were milled, in a previously abandoned sawmill that was rebuilt with Disaster Aid funds.
Wayne and Dianne with Barak Sope