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Jul 18, 2018

Monsoon Season in Nepal

Hello donors!

We are currently right in the middle of monsoon season in Nepal and the rains will continue to fall through September. This past April marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that impacted Nepal and also marked three years since All Hands and Hearts began to work in the communities hardest hit.

During those three years our team has rebuilt 17 schools damaged by the earthquake, allowing hundreds of children to return to safe and secure learning environments. Our team has learned many lessons during those three years, one of which includes how difficult it is to work in Nepal during monsoon season. It can be dangerous for volunteers on the sites, materials can be hard to source and it is nearly impossible to complete any work. All Hands and Hearts’ teams wrapped up work in April with the completion of two schools just in time.

Although work has stopped, our Program Development team continues to identify schools in need. Work in Nepal will begin again in October, where our teams will be rebuilding two schools in the Sindhuli district. We thank you for your continued support of our work across the world and invite you to check back soon for updates on the new school build progress.

Thanks!

Jun 19, 2018

Nine Months Have Passed

Paix Bouche Primary School in progress
Paix Bouche Primary School in progress

Hello donors,

It has now been 9 months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean, leaving hundreds of thousands of families in need of assistance. Our teams of staff and volunteers have been working every day to get communities back on their feet, rebuilding hope in communities across the islands.

In Dominica, we continue to work on the Paix Bouche Pre and Primary School. We have had a busy couple of months of masonry work to complete the new reinforced walls, and wrapping the existing columns to add an outer reinforcement jacket, for extra strength. Volunteer work has been focused on rebar bending, form-work building and cement mixing, whilst skilled masons have laid the blocks and welders work to fix the rebar in place. Work on the toilet block is well underway, as old, damaged fittings, tiles and roofing are removed to make way for new materials and fixtures. Volunteers have also begun to clear debris from the Pre-school, so that work there can begin soon.

In USVI, we continue our response work (mucking, gutting and sanitizing), and have also begun repairs on child care facilities. To date we have completed muck and gut and debris removal on over 300 homes across the USVI. Volunteers travel to job sites in St. Thomas and St. John each morning and return each evening to our base for a nightly meeting recapping the day. With 20 - 50 volunteers on base at one time, over 26 nationalities have been represented since September. We have made a long-term commitment to help the USVI recover and our work is just beginning.

In Puerto Rico, our work continues in the hard hit communities of Yabucoa and Barranquitas. Across both programs we have completed work on over 200 homes. We continue to complete repairs to concrete roofs in Yabucoa and complete repairs to pitched, CGI roofs in Barranquitas. We continue to complete other scopes of work like sanitation and critical repairs of doors and windows. We have also shifted some focus to renewal projects for the communities impacted like cleaning up on baseball fields, schools and playgrounds so that the community can regain a sense of normalcy. With anywhere from 40-90 volunteers on base at one time, over 32 nationalities have been represented since January.

None of the amazing work we complete would be possible without donors like you, thank you. As always, please continue to stay up to date with our programs across the world.

May 14, 2018

Update on Recovery in Texas

Debris from The Rhodes School
Debris from The Rhodes School

Hello donors!

Rebuild continues in Texas as our teams in Houston and Coastal Bend work to get families back in their homes. To date we have completed nine home rebuilds in Houston and six home rebuilds in our Coastal Bend program. We are now almost 9 months out from when Hurricane Harvey first made landfall and there is still a large amount of work to be completed. With nearly 80 volunteers in the field every day across both bases we are working one day at a time to get families in Texas back in safe, secure homes.

Our work does not stop with homes. Through our close ties with the community in Northeast Houston we became aware of a school that needed assistance. The Rhodes School is a public charter school located in NE Houston serving low-income, at-risk students. Serving 1,100 students from pre-K to 8th grade across all campuses, the school incorporates music and arts into its daily curriculum. The Robert E. Lee campus was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, resulting in damage to all buildings on the campus and the loss of most school, technology and arts equipment. Our teams are hard at work rebuilding classrooms and handicapped ramps, free of charge.

We thank you for your continued support of our work across Texas and hope that you continue to follow us online and our other programs across the world. Since our Recovery phase first started in January, we have had over 2,800 volunteers come through our program to contribute over 12,000 volunteer days assisting over 3,600 individuals. We couldn’t do it without you, thank you!

 
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