Norman Disney & Young gives $20,000

Above L-R: David Langworthy, Chairman Disaster Aid International and Bob Powell, Chairman Disaster Aid Australia, receiving a $20,000 donation from the NDY Charitable Trust, presented by NDY CEO Stuart Fowler, and Australian Regional Director Sam Aloi

The recent devastation caused by natural disasters in both Vanuatu and Nepal has meant increasing pressure on the efforts of organisations such as Disaster Aid Australia (DAA).

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DART team readies for Nepal

Peter Hazell was one of the candidates on our Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) training course last month when the earthquake struck Nepal.
The group of candidates on that training course was declared as one of the best groups, if not the best group, ever assembled.

Larry Agee and Darren Mayne, the Trainers leading the course, adjusted the training programme to use the disaster in Nepal to make the exercises the candidates being were tasked with, 'totally realistic in live time'.

Now, just 2 weeks later, Peter, who was one of the 11 candidates who successfully completed Part 1 of their assessment is to become a DART volunteer, has been invited to be part of Disaster Aid International's first team to go to Nepal.

This DART team will leave next week and it is expected to be the first of at least two teams that will be sent to Nepal.

Another point of interest regarding Nepal is that, in addition to the supply of water filters and 400 of our own tents, Disaster Aid International is making arrangements to ship an additional 400 tents, 400 camp/stretcher beds, and 400 pillows donated by the Victoria (Australia) Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning.

Donations to our own appeal for Nepal continue to arrive and we are encouraged by this support and grateful to everyone who is endorsing our efforts.

Nepal - Situation Report

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From Rotary District 3292, Rotary Club of Dhulikhel
Community Development and Relief Agency Nepal
Monday May 4, 2015

After a week of disastrous earthquake, people are still waiting for food and shelter; most of them are from remote hard-to-reach areas. Humanitarian reliefs are still beyond the reach especially in remote villages of Kavre, Sindhupalchok and Nuwakot districts where the earthquake hit the most. It is said that in Sindhupalchok only, the casualties might reach about 5,000. In this area, even after 9 days of earthquake, 2 men and 1 woman are rescued.

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URGENT APPEAL Nepal Earthquake response effort building now


And, your help will ensure we provide our best efforts helping others following the massive earthquake and its aftershocks that have killed thousands and destroyed property on an unimaginable scale.
While our Disaster Aid Response Team members (DARTs) – including Australians – are being assembled and briefed, we are already looking to move pre-positioned stock from India and elsewhere, ready to be deployed when assessments and logistics have been completed, in conjunction with other agencies and local Rotarians. Our 2014 deployment to Nepal brought significant relief after the autumn floods.

As we know from heartbreaking media reports, access is extremely difficult and indications are that as well as non-perishable food items, safe water and shelter are the vital aid items. And it is those latter two where we can provide effective assistance, just as we recently did in Vanuatu* and before that, in the Philippines (where, in both countries, our work goes on.)

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