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Jun 10, 2016

Help Feed 500 Families in Malawi Final Report

Malawi experienced a nation-wide hunger crisis that created a desperate need for help. All Hands attempted to partner with the local Muona Foundation to provide 5 kg of maize seeds each to 500 families in the Nsanje district of Malawi. This project would have been able to keep people from experiencing the effects of cyclical hunger, malnutrition and debt.

Unfortunately, as can happen with any project that relies solely on funding from donors, support was scarce and we were unable to meet our goal and carry out the project. Without the proper attention from national and international media many of these issues throughout the world go unnoticed and the people most in need fall through the cracks. Our project on Global Giving attempted to highlight the major need that exists in this area but we were unable to reach our goal.

While our efforts with the Muona Foundation were unsuccessful due to lack of funding in the amount of time we were given, we hope to make a difference in the future and assist the vulnerable victims of hunger in the world. We thank all those who donated and continue to support our organization and mission. 

May 23, 2016

Nepal Rebuild and Recover Report

It has been a full year since devastating earthquakes struck Nepal, and All Hands Volunteers continues to make measurable strides in the quest to recover and rebuild. To date All Hands has demolished over 80 unsafe buildings such as homes, schools and community buildings. The rubble from 359 collapsed buildings has been carried away to make space for rebuilding efforts. In the most vulnerable, forgotten, All Hands has created 100 earthquake resilient homes, 35 in an area near Kathmandu and 65 in areas in Sindhupalchok. Along the way All Hands has continued to involve the support of local men and women; one example is a program which trained 29 beneficiaries to become certified in resilient masonry techniques.

In the aftermath of the earthquake some 1 million children were faced with the challenge of continuing their education but with nowhere to learn. All Hands has built 16 Temporary Learning Centers and repaired 10 others which has allowed 1,820 children to move on with their studies and provides a safe area for them. In addition to the TLC’s we constructed 22 community shelters all outfitted with latrine systems and hygiene centers. Partnering with Room to Read we are currently building five permanent schools in Nuwakot District and another series of schools in Sindhupalchok.

Nepal is now facing monsoon season from June through September. This presents a new set of challenges in an already challenging landscape. The areas in which we operate are incredibly remote and are difficult to access in the best of weather, which is why they risk being overlooked by other humanitarian groups.  In order to combat this issue, All Hands  pioneered a mobile model whereby  teams of volunteers  go and camp within remote communities to  cut out the long commute time and fuel costs when traveling to and from base,  This model will be crucial to allowing us to continue reconstruction projects during the monsoons.

A year later the communities in Nepal are still trying to regain a sense of normalcy, and All Hands has been there every step of the way offering our services with a warm smile. We’re still hard at work on the ground today, and we’re committed to helping Nepal recover for tomorrow and the months ahead. This is only possible thanks to the generous donations from the people who believe in our mission. Thank you for your support.

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Apr 11, 2016

Resilient Homes Final Report

AHV and Beneficiaries at Goodbye Ceremony
AHV and Beneficiaries at Goodbye Ceremony

All Hands Volunteers is pleased to report that the Resilient Homes (referred to locally as Hamro Ramro Ghar, or “Home Sweet Home”) project in Bansbari, Sindhupalchok successfully wrapped up on March 28, 2016. For three months, All Hands' team of local and international volunteers worked alongside beneficiary homeowners to build 50 earthquake resilient homes to replace those destroyed in last spring’s earthquakes. Highlights of the program were the opportunities for community participation and the construction of private sanitation facilities to improve the health and dignity of the community.

All Hands put in place training and educational programs not only to assist the community immediately after the disaster, but to leave a more resilient community behind.  Twenty-nine people (including 10 women) participated in masonry training under the direction of a government of Nepal-approved professionals. The new skills enabled the beneficiaries to be integrally involved in the process of recovery by adding walls of salvaged materials or hollow block to the earthquake resilient superstructure of their new homes. The trainees helped less able neighbors do the same, and now they have marketable skills in disaster resilient construction. Meanwhile, All Hands also facilitated a PASSA (Participatory Approach to Safer Shelter Awareness) program which took interested community members through a series of sessions to explore disaster risks and solutions in the community. By the end of the sessions, the PASSA groups had come up with micro-projects designed to make their communities less vulnerable in future disasters: rainwater catchment gutter systems, community lighting, and burying water pipes for protection. The community will implement the projects next month with seed funding and initial guidance from a small group from All Hands Volunteers.

Part of the needs assessment for the project included analyzing the ongoing sanitation situation in order to address serious health and protection concerns in post-disaster Nepal. Forty percent of the toilets in Sindhupalchok District were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake, raising the incidence of diseases like cholera, and increasing the vulnerability of women and girls. In the end, All Hands constructed 52 toilets in Bansbari, approximately half of which served those Home Sweet Home recipients whose toilets had also been damaged/destroyed.  The remainder of the toilets replaced other damaged facilities in the community. Each family with a toilet was given hand washing equipment (soap, buckets with taps). Because families in Bansbari share toilet facilities with neighbors, the overall impact is that now 356 people (73 families) have a access to the modesty and health benefits afforded by appropriate sanitation facilities.

In conclusion, despite challenges of accessing remote villages during a fuel crisis and working on the rocky, steep terrain, All Hands was able to empower community of approximately 130 families to take part in its own recovery – 210 people now live in safer homes, 356 people have access to proper toilets, and the entire community has been included in the process, either via PASSA, masonry training or receiving key messaging materials on safe building methods. In a final demonstration of commitment and caring, it was decided to gift the “training house” – a prototype structure situated next to the local school and which was used to train the volunteers and later the masons – to the community as a much needed school room. Together the All Hands team and community finished the walls, complete with cheery paint, and repaired the school toilet. The new classroom was handed over to Bhanjyang Primary School and the community during the goodbye ceremony on March 28th.

A heartfelt thanks you to our online Global Giving donors, who along with other donors, made it possible to rebuild hope and resilience in Bansbari!

Finished Latrine System
Finished Latrine System
Beneficiary Family in front of Makeshift Shelter
Beneficiary Family in front of Makeshift Shelter
New Bhanjyang School with Rain Catchment System
New Bhanjyang School with Rain Catchment System
PASSA Training
PASSA Training
Finished Temporary Shelter
Finished Temporary Shelter

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