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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!

May 26, 2020

Fulfilling our commitments...


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 the Philippines 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.

As for Agani and Dadda Elementary Schools, our focus has shifted to what we can do right now for the children still waiting for a safe space to learn. Our teams had made incredible progress at both sites prior to our operational pause, however, the schools were not yet ready to be used. We are working with a contractor to complete these classrooms once they can safely do so. We are also reviewing the timing for the “completion phase” with the expectation that our local contractor must ensure there is a safe, finished school ahead of the 2020 typhoon season.

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

Thank you!

May 13, 2020

A quick update regarding our operations...

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 Hurricane Harvey relief program 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.  

We know that the poor and vulnerable populations we serve are already feeling a disproportionate impact from COVID-19. Stay-at-home orders, closed schools, layoffs, and medical shortages land differently on those sheltering in a damaged home, in a community without internet or one without a clinic, or for those already struggling to afford basic necessities. 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.

At the time of suspension, we were in the early stages of work on two homes in Coastal Bend, Texas. If these homes were left incomplete, the families wouldn't be able to return home safely (an added burden in an already difficult situation). To ensure these families had somewhere safe to go, we hired vetted, local contractors to finish the work. We are incredibly eager to return to Coastal Bend as soon as local conditions indicate it is safe to do so and continue serving families that still need our help.

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

Thank you!

 
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