Disaster Aid Canada

Our Mission is to provide and assist in delivering humanitarian aid, shelter, sustainable water systems and hygiene products to people affected by natural and other disasters

COVID -19 Caught Communities by Surprise

The humanitarian and economic impact will be devastating as is the case with most disasters. What can organisations like Rotary do to help their own Communities be better prepared for Disasters?
Visit our special COVID-19 Web Page to learn more about what you can do to help; now and in the future. 

Click here: COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness

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Please Help us Provide Food and other Aid to the Mayan Villagers in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala

Please click "Read More" for an update on the crisis

Donate now at:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/49533

Most Mayans are marginal farmers or work at minimal wage for the 22 families that control 80% of the land in Guatemala. Key right now is Covid-19 induced unemployment and lock-down shelter-in-place.  Many markets are closed and villagers are unable to shop for food. 
All supplies to be locally sourced. The Mayan Women’s Groups in San Lucas Toliman and San Antonio Palopo know how and where to obtain and distribute supplies. 
The funds raised by this special appeal will be distributed by Disaster Aid Canada with the assistance of Canadian Rotary Clubs (Ladysmith, Chemainus and Nanaimo) and the Mayan Women’s groups with whom the Rotary Clubs have collaborated for years in local projects.

Disaster Aid Canada donated $1,000.00 to provide emergency support for the 2 villages on May 22, hopefully we will be able to Help these communities with more food soon through your donations.

Fort McMurray Flooding Relief Fund

The Fort McMurray 2020 Flooding Relief Fund has now been set up. We are working with Rotary District 5370 and the two Rotary Clubs in Fort McMurray along with community organisations to ensure that relief funds are used in the community for victims of this disaster.
Come Hell or High Water - Fort McMurray is resilient!
Fort McMurray has seen it's share of Disasters in the past 4 years. In 2016 they were devastated by the forest fires that destroyed 3,244 buildings and did cost 13.3 billion Canadian Dollars. The decline of the oil industry has been devastating on local jobs and businesses and the Corona Virus has closed more businesses and now the Athabasca has a 13 kilometre Ice dam that has inundated the city damaging 1,300 buildings and forcing the evacuation of more than 13,000 people.

But you can help - Disaster Aid Canada is working with Rotary Clubs and Community Organisations to bring relief

Disaster Aid Canada and the Rotary Club of Ladysmith Support Community Emergency Preparedness

While it is hard to not go out, not to be able to visit or shop; there are still things you can do. How about helping your community prepare for the next Natural Disaster?
Rotary Clubs and other organisations can help communities with their emergency preparedness programs. For Rotary Clubs it is often possible to access District Grants and Community Gaming Grants. Other organisations may be able to receive gaming grants or have access to other sources. If you are interested in working with Disaster Aid Canada to support Emergency Preparedness in your community you can reach us at info@disasteraid.ca.

The Disaster Aid Canada February Newsletter is out.

Disaster Aid Canada provides Australian Bushfire Relief
Update on the Bahamas and Hurricane Dorian 
Handmade Dresses and Soccer Uniforms
DAC and Ladysmith Search and Rescue - Emergency Preparedness Hub
Disaster Aid Canada and Disaster Aid International
Information and other Organisation Members

Disaster Aid Canada Collects $60,000.00 for Australian Bushfire Relief
Gerry Beltgens, Executive Director, Disaster Aid Canada
Disaster Aid Canada (DAC) has received more than $60,000.00 Canadian in donations from across Canada for Australian Bushfire Relief. On Friday, February 7th we made a wire transfer to Rotary Australia World Community Services (RAWCS) at the RBC Branch in Ladysmith. In the photo are Sabrina Morgan, Administration, Sandra Milne, Rotary Club of Ladysmith President,  Frank Elsom, DAC President, Jake Buinewood, DAC Director and Gerry Beltgens, DAC Executive Director.
Puerto Rico Has been hit by a swarm of earthquakes ranging from the 6.4 that did most of the damage on January 7, a 5.9 on January 11 and at least another 44 measuring over 4.00 on the scale. The aftershocks have made it difficult to provide support as bridges and roads are damaged or closed. Shelters are housing around 8,000 people and another 4,000 are in non-traditional shelters. We are working with Rotary Clubs on the Island to address the areas that are not getting the bulk of the international relief. 
To donate to this fund please Click the Button 
Disaster Aid Canada is supporting Rotary Australia World Community Service. Donations made through Disaster Aid Canada by Canadians are tax deductible and we will be working with Disaster Aid International and Rotary clubs in Australia to ensure help is provided where it is most needed. Several projects have already been established for specific Bushfire areas around Australia. The Australia Rotary District Governors have formed a committee which will decide where the funds are to be distributed. We would typically utilize local Rotary Clubs on the ground in affected areas to identify those families, Individuals and small businesses in most need.
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UPDATE: As of January 13, 2020 we have raised over $40,000.00 for the Bushfire Relief Fund!
Among all of the wonderful donors who have supported the relief efforts in the Bahamas there have also been several major gifts in of $1,000.00 and more from Major Donors. Along with anonymous donations of $2,500.00, $5,000.00 and $10,000.00 there were over a dozen donations of $1,000.00 including the Mark Isfeld Interact Club of Courtney B.C.
Some other donations that stand out are a donation of $2,500.00 from Mr. and Mrs. Graham Cooke of West Vancouver, a donation of $3,000.00 from the Rotary Club of Parksville, a Donation of $7,400.00 from the 4 Rotary Clubs of Richmond B.C. and a donation of $2,200.00 from the Rotary Club of Ladysmith B.C.
I would like to thank all of the people who made such generous donations no matter how large the amount. Your donations have made the lives of the victims of Hurricane Dorian a little more tolerable in a challenging time.
Gerry Beltgens, Executive Director
Disaster Aid Canada
Disaster Aid Canada and the 2019 Bahamas Relief Effort 
When the call came from the Bahamas to send aid, Disaster Aid Canada sent 101 tents, 300 bed packs and over 15,000 hygiene items, virtually clearing out our inventory. To stay ahead of the next disaster we need to restock supplies. Money raised now pays to replace the inventory that was sent to the Bahamas and helps prepare us for the next emergency. 

By supporting Disaster Aid Canada you can make a real difference in the lives of people affected by natural and man made disasters


We work with Rotary Clubs in Canada and in affected areas along with affiliated Disaster AID organizations in other countries. Do you want to help out?
The most vulnerable are the first to be affected by a disaster. YOU can help make it a little less difficult.