Disaster Aid International’s mission is to provide emergency relief to those affected by a disaster in such a way as to provide sustainable recovery. The main way this is achieved is by developing strong partnerships with those on the ground and by extensive consultation with those affected.
In the Philippines, Disaster Aid International has a long history of partnership with the national NGO, Balay Mindanaw, which shares our mission for full engagement with those affected.
As a result of consultations and reviews undertaken by both Disaster Aid International and Balay Mindanaw following recent disasters in the Philippines it began to emerge that there was a common theme; that one of the major problems being experienced in the aftermath of one of the disasters was access to clean water. It transpired that the infrastructure for providing fresh water had been easily damaged by the disasters and needed extensive repair. In the meantime, such communities were experiencing health problems in epidemic numbers. As a result, Disaster Aid International and Balay Mindanaw worked together to provide a number of community water filtration systems to those affected.
Balay Mindanaw has now produced a video demonstrating the impact that these water filtration systems have made. It is clear, from the farmer’s story of how he rescued a Skyhydrant from his village while evacuating from insurgent activity, how important clean water is to such communities.