Cyclone Winston has left more than 40 people confirmed dead, with some 14,000 people sheltering in 274 evacuation centres around Fiji.
The UN reports that hundreds of homes and many schools and vital infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed.
Disaster Aid International (Aust.) is working to provide desperately needed aid to Fijians after the cyclone’s horrendous devastation. That includes liaising with our Rotary contacts and agencies in that country. Aid groups and government authorities are now racing to deal with a critical need for clean water, health supplies and emergency accommodation.
Your donation will help Disaster Aid International (Aust.) respond with Family Survival Packs, Home Repair Kits and, most importantly SkyHydrant™ water purification systems and Sawyer water filters.
I am back from a five-week visit to India. I traveled to west, south, north, and east within India. Met many Rotarians and visited some Rotary clubs. The need for clean drinking water is all over rural India. David’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.
In April, Ecuador was struck by a 7.8 earthquake that left a trail of loss and ruin along its usually placid Pacific Ocean coast. More than 500 people were killed, thousands made homeless and, according to UNESCO reports, damage to schools has impacted over 120,000 children.
The Governor of Rotary District 4400, Manuel Nieto sought assistance from DAI and at a meeting with him at the RI Convention in Seoul, plans were made to despatch a Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) to investigate and determine what the needs of the survivors were and if our organisation could help. Volunteer DARTs Craig Roberts and Steve Lister from Disaster Aid UK & Ireland recently returned safely with a comprehensive report AND this recommendation: “That DAI directs its aid efforts towards providing new housing for the community of Three Crosses in Bahía de Caráquez in Rotary D4400”.
The DAI Board approved that recommendation and launched an appeal to raise funds to build new homes. DAA is asking for your support in providing vital humanitarian assistance in that country. Rotary in Ecuador wants this to be a model village that showcases what Rotary and Rotarians can do.