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Jun 26, 2020

Fulfilling our commitments...

Dear Friend, 

We sincerely hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. A great deal has changed since our last program update, as the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19. Just days after our last report was sent, our team had to make the difficult decision to pause our operations around the world. What began as two months, quickly became a 6 month pause to our operations in order to keep staff, volunteers, and community members safe. 

We do want to reassure our incredible supporters like you that our commitments to communities remain resolute; we are doing everything we can to monitor the situation at the local level, and make necessary preparations so we can return to work as soon as safely possible. As of September 1, we expect to begin reopening programs on a case-by-case basis, based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts. Our goal now is to sustain our model and prepare to meet the challenges that COVID is already injecting into the disaster recovery landscape, so we can serve our mission over the long haul.

In the Bahamas specifically, we were extremely concerned about leaving behind a full queue of homes in need of roof repairs, risking further leaks and potential mold growth. Our solution has been to hire local and trusted contractors to do the work in the meantime, giving families a safe and dry place to stay. As of today, ten roofs have been completed and four are in progress. Our goal is to have 27 done by the end of the summer. If all goes as planned, we will be able to engage staff and volunteers early in our operational re-start timeline (which in this case means we may have boots on the ground in Great Abaco as early as September 1st)! Shortly after, we are planning to open a second satellite program to serve even more families affected by Hurricane Dorian - stay tuned for details! 

I look forward to keeping you updated as plans progress, and the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves. 

Thank you!

May 29, 2020

Great news from the AHAH team...

Greetings Friends,

I sincerely hope this update finds you well, and in good health. Today, I have a brief update to share with you about our work in Mozambique as well as our operational pause in light of COVID-19. 

I am so excited to say that BOTH schools in Sofala province have been completed! Cyclone Idai caused great devastation, and the loss of thousands of homes and schools. Sofala province - being one of the most hard hit areas - was identified by our teams as a place where we could make a truly meaningful difference for some of the families impacted by this disaster. Over the course of the school rebuilds, parents from the community joined our team in the field making the process (and finished product) that much more special for all involved. Linked below you’ll find a wonderful video featuring one of our student beneficiaries and her father who, in helping rebuild her school, has made it possible for her to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. All work has been completed on Julius Nyerere and Harrumua primary schools, with new disaster classrooms and facilities for 772 students. We are forever grateful for your support of this work, and for helping make such an incredible impact possible!

With respect to the global pandemic, our top priority is and will continue to be the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. For this reason, effective March 12th, All Hands and Hearts temporarily suspended all operations, withdrawing over 400 staff and volunteers from seven program locations in the US and around the world in 72 hours. After careful consideration, our leadership team has now determined that it is unlikely we will be able to restart our volunteer-driven operations before September 2020. However, our commitments to beneficiary communities remain resolute.  As of September 1, we expect to begin reopening programs on a case-by-case basis, based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts. 

Depending upon how these conditions evolve in the months ahead, funding available, and some other factors our leadership team is considering, we hope to know if/when we would be able to open a “phase two” in Mozambique by the end of summer.

I look forward to updating you again soon. Thank you again for your support!

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May 29, 2020

Coming soon...new schools in Oaxaca!

Greetings Friends,

I sincerely hope this update finds you well, and in good health. Today, I have a brief update to share with you about our work in Mexico as well as our operational pause in light of COVID-19. 

With respect to the global pandemic, our top priority is and will continue to be the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. For this reason, effective March 12th, All Hands and Hearts temporarily suspended all operations, withdrawing over 400 staff and volunteers from seven program locations in the US and around the world in 72 hours. After careful consideration, our leadership team has now determined that it is unlikely we will be able to restart our volunteer-driven operations before September 2020. However, our commitments to beneficiary communities remain resolute.  As of September 1, we expect to begin reopening programs on a case-by-case basis, based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts.

Prior to our operational pause, our assessment team was working to identify a community in Mexico that needed some help repairing an earthquake damaged school. They found not one, but two, both of which are located in the Oaxaca region. Once it is deemed safe to engage our staff and volunteers in the field, our focus will be on  repairing Escuela Secundaria Paulo Freire and Escuela Primaria Insurgente Vicente Guerrero. Our work will include demolition, rebuilding and retrofitting, WaSH rebuilding, and landscaping. We remain fully committed to starting this program as soon as possible so we can provide more children with a safe place to learn and grow. We hope to have our teams back in Oaxaca by the end of the year! 

I look forward to updating you again soon. Thank you for your support!

 
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