Marawi Response, Philippines

marawiIn May 2017, a major battle commenced between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS).

The incident has affected residents of Marawi City. 

Over 84,000 families have been displaced by this ongoing armed conflict 

 

Balay Mindanaw Responds

Balay Mindanaw, our local partner, has been one of the many organisationss that immediately responded to the crisis situation by activating the Balay Mindanaw Group Operations Center

They have organised with other local partners to provide pre-positioned resources and volunteer assistance at the Balay Mindanaw DREAM Hub.

 

Skyhydrants Role

marawi response july 6Providing potable water to affected families is one of the identified leading that had to be addressed especially for those who are staying at the Evacuation Centers (ECs).

Balay Mindanaw has lent 3 of the, Disaster Aid provided, Skyhydrant units to help address this need, together with volunteers to manage the water distribution.

As of July 5, Balay Mindanaw has already provided a total of 74,685 liters of potable water to 1,496 families in 13 Evacuation Center in Balo-I, Pantar and Pantao-Ragat.

Additional SkyHydrants are currently on the way to the Philipines.

Need for Shelter

Balay Mindanaw have already distributed all the Disaster Aid tents and tarpaulins they held in stock.

Further supplies are being dispatched.

2017 Disaster Aid Conference

2016 conference

The 2017 Disaster Aid Conference was held on Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7 at the Dandenong Club, 1579 Heatherton Road Dandenong North Victoria.

The conference was an excellent opportunity to stay in touch with Disaster Aid events, with many suggestions and give feedback for ongoing operations.

Speakers included:

Dinner Speaker - Charles B. Kovess, CEO & International Marketing Director, Textile & Composite Industries Pty Ltd Founder, CEO & Chief Speaker -  Kovess International  Subject: Passionate People Perform

 Keynote Speaker - Ariel Hernandez, former representative to the Philippine Congress, Subject: Humanitarian Aid in the Philippines

Read more: 2017 Disaster Aid Conference

Des Watts on the Road Again... Out West


spring 2016 Page 3 Image 0001Des Watts, from Berri SA (who earlier this year drove the eastern seaboard of Australia promoting Disaster Aid in some 30 Rotary clubs) has now gone west. He has been, or is scheduled to be a guest speaker at clubs including Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Mundaring, Heirisson, Morley, Kalamunda, Kenwick, Belmont, Perth, Como, Subiaco, Melville, Mandurah District, Collie, Albany Port and Esperance Bay.
Des, pictured with Pres. Sandra Brown at the RC of Heirisson WA

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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