Our Philippine partner, Balay Mindanaw, have installed a Disaster Aid SkyHydrant in a displaced persons camp in Davao North.
The camp houses 300 indigenous people who have had to leave their homes as a result of armed conflict in the Davao del Norte area of the Philippines.
While news reports send photographs of the fighting what is sometimes forgotten is the daily struggles of those who have had to move away from their homes.
To get water mothers and children have to walk more than a kilometer every single day with a 5-gallon (almost 20kg) container on their back.
Even this water was contaminated with bacteria and has been identified as a major cause of illness in the camp.
For now, this Disaster Aid SkyHydrant will help protect the health of those in the camp by providing 5,000 litres of potable water every day.
Human dignity is threatened when people have no access to basic necessities like safe drinking water.
It is a basic right regardless of situation, politics, gender, race, age or religion.
When Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) delivers a SkyHydrant we believe that the recipient should have the opportunity to be a full partner in the installation.
In the case of a recent installation in the Camirines Sur region of the Philippines DAA provided the SkyHydrant, pipes, plumbing fittings and storage tanks.
The San Ramon Pilot National High School community, including the parents, agreed to construct a secure building to house the skyhydrant and support the storage tanks.
Although some guidance was provided by DAA volunteers the final details were approved by the school community.
The attached photographs show the construction well underway and include:
Completion will include a steel mesh door so the installation will be secure.
As well as meeting the cost of the materials much of the labour was provided by the parents of the pupils.
With a partnership like this the SkyHydrant installation becomes more than a donation as the local community now have developed a personal pride in the installation.
A 'State of Emergency' has been declared in British Columbia with hundreds of wildfires burning across the State.
Thousands of residents have been affected by evacuation orders.
By August 15th this was already the fourth worst fire season on record, with a month still to go!
Disaster Aid Canada has been stepping up to help.
In 2017, Disaster Aid Canada was able to provide 7 x 20 ft containers of supplies to people affected by the BC Wildfires.
They could not have done this without the help and collaboration of donors, and volunteers.
This year they have already sent out 500 kits of bed linen, and personal hygiene items to evacuation centres.
Volunteers, like these ladies, will be making up further kits today. (22nd August).
Disaster Aid Canada will provide on-going support to those affected by this disaster as long as required.
To find out more you can follow the Disaster Aid Canada's facebook page
You can making a donation to the British Columbia Wildfire Campaign at the link below
Rain has finally eased in Kerala, hit by the worst floods in nearly a century.
Over 300 people have died in the southern state that has suffered damages during this monsoon season.
An estimated 800,000 are temporarily displaced.
Thousands of people are still feared stranded, awaiting relief and rescue.
The Indian National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) has directed that focus should now be on provision of emergency supplies of;
Restoration of essential services such as power, fuel, communications and transport links is also vital.
As flood water recedes in Kerala, Disaster Aid International is responding in partnership with the Indian Red Cross and Indian Rotary Clubs.
Initially 200 tents prepositioned in India will be despatched.
As the flood water continues to subside we will be looking at how we can assist with the recovery from the disaster by using Smart Aid to rebuild homes and SkyHydrants to deliver Safe Water.