Cyclone Idai Disaster Appeal

Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai in March was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa.

The Storm caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving more than 700 people dead and many hundreds more are missing

An initial assessment in Southern Africa by one of our trained volunteers confirms that the amount of aid required to respond to will be enormous.

We are in touch with Rotary contacts in Zimbabwe and South Africa and will be working in partnership with them as the situation resolves and manageable projects are identified.

Water filters capable of handling water borne diseases, tents, tarpaulins, home repair kits, and tools are all known to be required

Will you please help us to help others?


To help follow this link:   DONATE NOW

The Cost of Safe Water?

Less than 1 Australian Dollar / Person / Year for a Village

A typical Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant  installation costs $5,000.

That includes tanks and pipes that we purchase locally.

Once installed the unit will provide bacteria free water for ten years for up a community of up to 700 people.

$5,000 / 10 years / 700people = $0.71 / person per year.


A $5,000 skyhydrant Installation to serve a school can keep over 1,000 pupils safe.

That is a cost of less than $0.50 / pupil / year.


If you want to support our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects you can donate on our DONATE PAGE 

Helping World of Difference

World of Difference is a Rotary District 9800 Managed Program that was started by the Rotary Club of South Melbourne.

They have been providing overseas aid to villages in Cambodia working with ‘Build Your Future Today’ Which is a Non Goverment Organisation in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia.

Construction Underway

Following a meeting with Disaster Aid Australia Volunteers they decided to try a SkyHydrant Installation in late 2018 for the village of La’ak.

La’ak is a remote village of approximately 200 houses with no electricity and no reticulated water supply.

Since La’ak is a rural area with no waste-water treatment facilities the groundwater is prone to contamination and water borne diseases are common.

On arrival at the school in La’ak the scope of work was discussed with the village chief and school officials and details such as the location of the filter house, wash station, etc were agreed.

A small irrigation scheme was installed in conjunction with the drinking water project; using the untreated water

An original 1600 L concrete tank which was not previously used is now used to store filtered water with a float valve installed to automatically regulate level in this tank.

Pipes and fittings were purchased locally and a local bricklayer engaged to build the Skyhydrant shelter.

At the conclusion of the project the treated water was tested and confirmed as free from bacteriological contamination.

The new filter house and wash station

Safe Water for Every Child’ in Myanmar

January might be the‘Holiday Period’ for some people but Disaster Aid are still providing new ‘Safe Water For Every Child’ installations.

Director Angeline Low, and Danny Low, from Disaster Aid Australia are currently in Myanmar to install two SkyHydrants with the assistance of KK Looi of Disaster Aid Malaysia.

These installations are in association with the Rotary Club of Yangon.

In addition to the two installations carried out several other sites were inspected for future installations.



If you want to support Disaster Aid ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects in Bhutan, Myanmar, the Philipines, India and Indonesia you can donate at:  Disaster Aid Australia 


DAA Recognised In International Awards

The Energy Globe Awards were founded in 1999 to  present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience.

Disaster Aid Australia entered our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project for the Philippines for the 2018 Awards

The entry was one of more than 2,300 entries from 182 countries around the world.

In June 2018 year it was selected as the best project submitted from Australia.

A key issue in selection was the fact the SkyHydrant, that we install for the project can provide 10,000 litres per day of safe water without using electricity or chemicals.

In December 2018 Energy Globe announced that the ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project was one of the 4 World Nominees in the water category.

This invitation to attend, and speak at the awards ceremony, is a recognition our project is ‘Worlds Best Practice’ in providing sustainable drinking water to developing countries.


If you want to support our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects you can donate at:  Disaster Aid Australia 


Training In Bhutan

As part of the Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) Safe Water Bhutan 2020 project a DAA team carried out training in Tsirang, Bhutan.

The training topics included:

  • Who are Disaster Aid Australia.
  • Water Quality.
  • Why DAA provide SkyHydrants.
  • Planning an installation.
  • Operating a SkyHydrant.

The DAA training team consisted of Brian Ashworth Director, and Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) members Dianne Holland, and Peter Collins.

Assistance with translations by Department of Education Officials, and Sonam Tshering of Druk Water Solution, was an important factor in getting the messages across.

The DAA team, and our partner the Rotary Club of Thimpu, were delighted with the interest of the participants which was demonstrated by their many thoughtful questions and discussions between sessions.

The first day of training was for a total of 75 students ranging from senior engineers to school caretakers.

Following the initial day, two days of ‘hands on’ training was carried out for the installation teams so they could get a better understanding of the practical problems of installations.

Having trained effective installation teams funded by the Bhutan Government will ensure the Safe Water Bhutan 2020 project is carried out as effectively as possible.

To support our project and help the children of Bhutan you can make a Donation Now


SkyHydrants Reduce Poverty

Disaster Aid Australia’s main reason for installing SkyHydrants is to protect the health of children like this young boy in the Camarines Sur Region of the Philippines.

It is not the only advantage this technology has. . . .

The overall cost of water from a Skyhydrant is less than 1 cent per litre over the life of the system.

This compares with 50 cents per litre for a small bottle of water bought locally.

Even buying a 5 litre bottle of water, the cost is around 40 cents per litre.

This doesn’t seem much to Australians, but in the Philippines the minimum daily wage is around $7.

If a family buys a 5 litre drinking water from the supermarket that may be almost a third of someones wage.

Low cost safe water means that more money is available for food, clothes and other necessities.


If you want to support DAA’s award winning ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project you can Donate Now

San Ramon Pilot National High School

When Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) delivers a SkyHydrant we believe that the recipient should have the opportunity to be a full partner in the installation.

In the case of a recent installation in the Camirines Sur region of the Philippines DAA provided the SkyHydrant, pipes, plumbing fittings and storage tanks.

The San Ramon Pilot National High School community, including the parents, agreed to construct a secure building to house the skyhydrant and support the storage tanks.

Although some guidance was provided by DAA volunteers the final details were approved by the school community.

The attached photographs show the construction which includes:

  • A sturdy rendered concrete block building.
  • The header tank mounted on the reinforced concrete roof.
  • A concrete platform for the filtered water tanks.
  • Galvanised steel roofs to protect the tanks.
  • A steel gate so the installation is secure.

As well as meeting the cost of the materials much of the labour was provided by the parents of the pupils.

With a partnership like this the SkyHydrant installation becomes more than a donation as the local community now have developed a personal pride in the installation.


If you want to support our award winning ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project you can Donate Now


Helping Deliver Aid As You Travel

One of the advantages of the SkyHydrant we use for ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ and ‘Smart Aid’ is that the units weigh less than 20Kg.

This means that when our volunteers are flying out for an installation they can take at least one SkyHydrant as checked baggage, when they restrict their personal gear to a carry on bag.

High status frequent flyers can often take 2 units.

This saves Disaster Aid Australia money which can then be spent on more aid.

In a disaster response it also saves time getting safe water to where it is needed.

Recently staff from one of our supporters, Calmar Corps, were visiting the Philipines and offered to take 2 SkyHydrants with them to be delivered to Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao.

The two SkyHydrants travelled from Melbourne to Sydney and then Manila.

They then ‘visited’ several locations including spending a few days relaxing poolside at Villa Kasadya (see photograph).

After their ‘holiday’ they were handed over to our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw who will ensure they are delivered to a location in the region around Marawi.


If you are traveling to the Philippines, or Bhutan, you may be able to help us be delivering a Skyhydrant. . . . . . but there is no need to take them to the pool!


Are you interested in helping us? . . . . . Contact Jan at and she will see if we can find you a ‘travelling companion’.