Dec 22, 2020

Cohort One is Complete!

Two of our amazing Florida program volunteers
Two of our amazing Florida program volunteers

Hello Friends,

We have so much to share with you! In our last update, we outlined the new volunteer recruitment/program structure that allowed our team to begin conducting recovery work in Florida again. Now, in the final week of our first Florida DM12 Cohort, we are happy to be celebrating three months of impactful work in Jackson County and the close to what has been an incredibly challenging year.

An important milestone passed in October, marking two years since Hurricane Michael made landfall on the coastline of the Florida Panhandle. We were particularly eager to begin working in this area again knowing that there are so many families that have not yet received the help they need to address the storm damage their homes suffered now over two years ago. This was the case for one of our beneficiaries named Michael. The damage caused to Michael’s roof during the hurricane caused two bedrooms inside the home to sustain water damage. Our teams have fully repaired both rooms, lifting this burden off of Michael’s shoulders.

Our team has assisted 36 people since our return, and we are ready to hit the ground running in 2021 to keep this positive momentum going. Thank you for supporting our relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael - every dollar truly does make a difference for the disaster survivors we serve.

Thank you for following our progress, and Happy holidays from All Hands and Hearts!

A bedroom ceiling at Michael's home (before)
A bedroom ceiling at Michael's home (before)
A bedroom ceiling at Michael's home (after)
A bedroom ceiling at Michael's home (after)
Dec 10, 2020

A final report from Relief Nepal...

Relief Nepal delivering hygiene kits
Relief Nepal delivering hygiene kits

Dear Friends,

I am excited to say we received funding externally which we were able to provide to our partner, Relief Nepal, in support of their ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts. They provided us with the following final report, which outlines the impact their team has been able to make in just a few short months.

  1. Relief Nepal distributed 140 KN95 masks, 9,000 non-surgical masks, 70 bottles of sanitizer, 97 packages of gloves, and 42 pairs of protective boots to Security forces, Garbage collectors, and quarantine centers working on the frontline to combat the global pandemic through the DDMC (District Disaster Management Committee). 
  2. They provided fifty Quarantine beds to quarantine centers in Dudhauli municipality to improve their ongoing treatment and increase their overall capacity.
  3. Due to COVID-19, most daily wage workers lost their jobs, which greatly impacted the ability of these workers to provide nutritious food to their growing families. Relief Nepal delivered 75 units of food packages to pregnant and lactating women in the community intended to improve both their health as well as that of their child(ren). 
  4. They helped provide one TV set to the two Quarantine centers of Dudhauli District to improve the environment of the centers, making patients feel more comfortable through the duration of their quarantine and/or medical treatment. 

Relief Nepal is making an incredibly meaningful impact in the lives of their community members faced with the challenges COVID-19 has presented. We were told that the Kamalamai Municipality and Dudhauli municipality have both praised their efforts, and we are sincerely grateful that we had the opportunity to support their work on the ground during such a difficult time. 

Thank you for following their progress!

A glimpse of the Dudhauli quarantine center
A glimpse of the Dudhauli quarantine center
Nov 20, 2020

Our response efforts continue...

Hello Friends,

I want to once again say how much we appreciate your support of our relief efforts in the aftermath of the Louisiana Hurricanes, and take some time to provide you with an update about our work now that things are in “full swing”. After initial assessments following Hurricane Laura, our teams established a base in DeQuincy, LA, near Lakes Charles. Since September (and continuing after Hurricane Delta made landfall in October) a small team has been conducting chainsaw work, debris removal, and roof tarping to help get folks back on their feet. 

It’s clear there is a great need for longer-term recovery activities as well, as more people return from evacuation to find their homes uninhabitable. Many are having to live in tents, whilst others are turning to couch-surfing. In order to address these needs, we’re continuing to work closely with other local organizations, and are planning a transition to recovery phase activities in December, starting with a resilient roof repair program. 

I am excited to say we have committed to staying in Louisiana well into the new year in order to continue this important work. I look forward to updating you again soon!

 
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