Haiti Cyclone Matthew - response effort building now

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10239D haiti2Cyclone Matthew has left more than 1000 people confirmed dead in Haiti already one of the poorest countries in the world and now facing cholera outbreaks from contaminated water.

Disaster Aid has deployed in Haiti before, and is working with fellow Rotarians there to provide an appropriate emergency shelter and fresh water response.

At this time, there are no flights into Haiti, making assesment and provision of aid extremely difficult. Disaster Aid has Response Teams on standby for immediate deployment as soon as flights resume.

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.

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DAI Patron, Max Walker dies aged 68

It is with a very heavy heart that Disaster Aid Australia announces the passing of our patron, friend, mate, cricketer & announcer Max Walker, AM. RIP Max, thanks for the memories.

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More information can be found on the Nine News site

Ecuador Appeal

ecuador appeal 1In 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.

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SkyHydrant East in memory of Satnam Singh Rayat

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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.

Read more: SkyHydrant East in memory of Satnam Singh Rayat