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
Jan 7, 2021

Happy New Year!

We’ve learned that recovery after a disaster is usually measured in years, which has certainly been the case for families in Texas that are STILL waiting to get the help they need. We are grateful that we’ve been able to keep our team in Texas this long, and we are determined to keep going! In October, we were delighted to welcome volunteers back to our program in Coastal Bend. They helped make a remarkable impact over their 12-week term of service, and we were truly sad to say goodbye to them in early December.

Before they left, our volunteer team had the pleasure of helping Ms. Leonor. After three years, Leonor and her family finally have a complete home (pictured below). This is the first home completed by our DM12 group, and Leonor had nothing but good things to say about the team and the quality of work they completed. In addition to the repairs that were made, new LED light bulbs were installed throughout the home, creating a warm and welcoming space.

Since our program in Texas began, our team has completed work at 397 sites, making a positive difference in the lives of 2,181 people. Our team of staff will continue working through our full commitment timeline, which means our program is set to wrap up this April. 

Thank you for your past support - it means the world to us!

 
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