Disaster Aid wins Rotary Award in South America

Rotary Districts in that country recently combined for their 2015 Golden Wheels Awards. and DAI Chairman, David Langworthy was excited to hear from friends at the RCs de Plaza Matriz and Montevideo (Uruguay) that the RC Endeavour Hills was announced, "the winner of the International Category for its Disaster Aid International Rotary club project".
Maria Rezk, President of the Plaza Matriz club told David, "the ceremony was well attended, including the RI Regional Public Image Coordinator", adding, "our club is really proud. We even got the Ministry of Public Health to declare it an event of national interest !"

Disaster Aid New Zealand

A project of the Rotary Club of Wellington (supported by RC Port Nicholson and RC Karori)
Discussions held at the 2014 Rotary Zone Institute in Wellington, have led to Disaster Aid New Zealand (DANZ) being officially launched at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Wellington on 16 November 2015. It was attended by representatives of Disaster Aid International and Disaster Aid Australia.
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At the launch [L-R]: William Sommerville (RC Wellington), Bob Powell, DAA chairman, David Langworthy (DAI chairman), Kane Patena (RC Wellington and DANZ chairman)

First Stage of Deployment Completed in Nepal


And Australian DARTs continue with the vital relief effort …

Dave Tuzewski (South Australia) and Peter Hazell (UK) have handed over to Australians Di Holland (Team Leader) and Jenny Greer, and Michael McKeever from the USA. Their task will be to adapt our deployment to the impact of the forthcoming monsoon using local solutions where possible. Di Holland (from Echuca Vic.) was recently on a long-term deployment with Disaster Aid Australia in Vanuatu.

Brief report on our work to date Building materials and other aid items, including 123 tents have been distributed to previously identified villages. While there is some semblance of 'normality' in Kathmandu, in contrast to the hope that greeted our team, this has now turned to impatience and panic as people, still in need of shelter, face the imminent monsoon. It will bring serious difficulties with many villages now cut off by damaged roads and significant landslides.

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DART's on ground in Nepal

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The first phase of the deployment in Nepalis being lead by one of our most experienced DART, Dave Tuzewski (Adelaide, Australia), with the support of one of our newest DARTs, Peter Hazell (Norwich, UK).

Communications and transport in Nepal are still a major issue -  we have a brief report from Dave:

Visited 3 of the 5 north eastern villages we had planned. Very rough roads and also delayed by a very inconvenient puncture.
Never the less we identified 3 communities that meet our criteria of being remote, having had little or no aid so far and have been very badly affected by the quakes.
Apps 50 suitable sites were identified as behind available and safe. Many people are prepared to sacrifice their meager agricultural land for shelter and also move their precious livestock. Shelter is very much needed here and with the monsoon not far away time is precious.

The terrain and land use limits where we can safely locate tents. So all sites are spread over a wide and hilly area.

All villages and sites still had electricity, safe drinking water, and basic sanitation. They also have ongoing support from Ashok and rotary.