Feb 19, 2021

Our second program is officially open!

It’s hard to imagine that this time last year, we were preparing to pause our operations in The Bahamas due to the spread of COVID-19. We are so grateful that we were able to return early last fall and end the year on such a positive note having made some incredible progress at ECC and CAPS.  

Last month, we welcomed our second group of DM12 volunteers to Marsh Harbour who will be continuing with the resilient roofing program that we started last year. Thousands of homes in the Bahamas were damaged by Hurricane Dorian, and support with roof repairs remains one of the biggest unmet needs. Our roofing program aims to help address this need, and to increase the resiliency of homes by reinforcing the roofing structures. With so many homes requiring support, our Program Development Team has developed and implemented a new home selection process to help us prioritize those with the greatest needs. This team is also continuing to work on two structures at ECC, which are both coming together at a rapid pace! 

One major update I would like to highlight is that this month also marks the opening of our second program in the Bahamas! Located in Dundas Town, this program will double the capacity of our team and the number of families they are able to help. 

Thank you for your past support of this program - together, we are making a meaningful difference!

Jan 22, 2021

Our Team is Back!

A volunteer from our 2019 school rebuild project
A volunteer from our 2019 school rebuild project

Greetings Friend,

This quarter, our update is short and sweet. I’m excited to share with you that we are just days away from starting rebuild work at the Paulo Freire Secondary school!

Our PDT (Project Development Team) has been in Oaxaca since October making preparations for the larger team, and our program staff arrived in December to support their efforts. Tasks included finalizing the construction schedule, and overseeing the demolition of Paulo Freire Secondary School. Last week, we officially welcomed our first cohort of volunteers. After their quarantine period is complete, the group will be ready to hit the ground running next week.

I look forward to sharing our progress with you again soon!

Jan 20, 2021

Two Schools Are Complete!

A brand new classroom at Agani Elementary School
A brand new classroom at Agani Elementary School

Hello!

In the wake of Typhoon Lawin in 2016 and Typhoon Ompong in 2018, our objective was to address ongoing recovery needs in the Philippines by conducting work that had the power to impact entire communities. We identified two schools in Cagayan province where we felt our work would make a meaningful difference and equip local communities with a safe and disaster-resilient place for children to learn.

Our team exhibited significant resilience as they worked through environmental, logistic, and communication challenges in addition to COVID-19 adaptations. I am thrilled to say that even with the added challenges, both Dadda and Agani Elementary Schools are now complete! We held a handover ceremony for each community in late November and celebrated this wonderful accomplishment. Between the two finished schools, we worked on 15 classrooms and 11 other structures. This work has helped more than 460 students!

Thank you for supporting our efforts. Every contribution truly does make a difference. As we enter 2021, our team is already preparing to shift gears. If conditions surrounding COVID-19 continue to improve, we will be on track to begin working on new schools this coming March.

I look forward to updating you again soon!

The new canteen building at Dadda Elementary
The new canteen building at Dadda Elementary
 
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