May 7, 2021

A Farewell to Coastal Bend

Dear Friend,

I am sad to say this will be our final report, covering the bitter-sweet closing of our Hurricane Harvey Relief Program after more than three impactful years. We are so grateful that you have followed our progress, and for the generous contributions you made which helped make it all possible. Here is a (brief) summary of the work our teams completed:

Phase One: Houston and Coastal Bend Response August 2017 to January 2018
Our teams completed a 16-week response program in Coastal Bend and an 18-week response program in Houston. Scopes of work included tree removal, debris removal, muck and gut and mold sanitation.


Phase Two: Houston and Coastal Bend Recovery January 2018 to March 2020
We transitioned to a long-term recovery program, concentrating site supervisors and volunteers on high-quality interior repairs. While much of this work was focused on homes, we also helped to rebuild community infrastructure, such as the Rhodes School for the Performing Arts in Houston (enabling the return of more than 700 students to a safe space to learn). 


Phase Three: Developing COVID-19 Adaptations March 2020 to October 2020
In March 2020, we made the decision to demobilize our teams and suspend our volunteer-powered operations due to COVID-19. We hired local contractors in Coastal Bend to complete critical unfinished work and deliver on our most pressing commitments, where possible. Our teams developed new operational standards and a new volunteer model called DM12 to promote a safe environment, so that we could resume our mission.


Phase Four: Completing Commitments in Coastal Bend October 2020 to March 2021
After a seven-month suspension of our volunteer operations, we were delighted to welcome volunteers back to program in the Coastal Bend region of Texas where we continued focusing our efforts on high-quality interior home repair.

We also began our Site Supervisor Training program during our time in Texas, a capacity-building program in which volunteers with little construction experience were paired up with a skilled site supervisor for three months to learn all of the skills needed to lead our sites. This program started in early 2018 and by February 2020, we had graduated 106 site supervisors (48 in 2018, 55 in 2019, and three in 2020). Twenty-eight are still employed with us!

Our Total Impact To Date: 

- 10+ million dollars invested

- 4,767 volunteers engaged

- 1,234 jobs completed

- 4,318 lives impacted

Our hearts will always remain in Texas and with the incredible people we had the privilege of serving since 2017. From the entire All Hands and Hearts team - THANK YOU! 

Apr 22, 2021

An exciting update from the team in Nepal...

Hello Friend,

Back in December of 2020, our Operations team was working hard to determine how we could fulfill the commitment we made to repair two damaged schools tucked away in the rural municipality of Marin. The two schools have needed significant repairs since the earthquakes in 2015. With COVID-related travel restrictions still in place, we were simply unable to bring in a team of international staff and volunteers. In order to continue this work (and do so in a way that aligned with our COVID-19 program safety adaptations), we hired an expert team of Nepali staff and masons. The school teachers, School Management Committee members, and students all reacted very positively to the team’s arrival and the work restarting this past January. 

Our incredible team of masons have been very productive over the past few months. In addition to working on the schools with record speed, they found creative ways to safely host training sessions (like Lightning & Thunderstorm Awareness) for community members. All major components at both Shree Thakureshwor and Shree Janakalyan schools are complete with some landscaping work and final finishing touches on paint, the playground and handwashing stations left to go. We expect to “handover” the schools in just a couple of weeks!  

I look forward to showing you the finished schools soon. Thank you for following our progress! 

Our former Nepal program volunteers are missed!
Our former Nepal program volunteers are missed!
Apr 22, 2021

A Final Farewell to Jackson County

The Marianna, Florida Recovery Program was slated to begin in March of 2020 with an all-star team of staff and volunteers. The pandemic ultimately put a halt to those plans and required significant program adjustments in order to resume operations in Jackson County. As you now know, we were incredibly excited to be able to engage a team in the fall of 2020 and continue supporting families affected by Hurricane Michael. 

The team had to navigate through a variety of challenges which were only exacerbated by the pandemic itself. Still, they were able to overcome these challenges and accomplish their goals. For this team, the goal was to complete interior repairs on 17 homes, in addition to some muck and gut/mold sanitations.

This was technically our third installment of Hurricane Michael relief and a true testament to the dedication of staff and volunteers that worked so hard to keep the program going. We are so proud of the work that has been completed over the past two years, and we are forever grateful for the donors (like you) that helped make it all possible. 

What we accomplished together: 

  • 596 volunteers engaged in relief work
  • 7,384 volunteer days contributed 
  • 345 jobs completed
  • 846 lives positively impacted

Thank you again for all of your support and your belief in our mission!

 
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