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!

Oct 23, 2020

We're back!

I am so excited to report that as of early September, our team has been back in Great Abaco continuing the volunteer-powered recovery work which we had to pause earlier this year. We made several adaptations to our base model, all of which are helping us keep volunteers, staff, and community members safe while we continue this important work. You can read more about these adaptations here on our website. 

Since returning, our team has hit the ground running. Work is continuing at Every Child Counts School (ECC), where efforts are being focused on several portions of the school which sustained damage (including the residence area, sochet hall, the training center, and the playground). At Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) our work is almost complete, which means an initial 250 students will be able to return to school at the end of October. Our teams are also returning to our home response and recovery work with a focus on muck and gut, mold sanitation and roof repair.

Our Project Development Team is continuing to iron out the details for our planned second program in The Bahamas. I will share updates about the timeline as soon as I have them! With your support and the help of 501 volunteers, we have completed 200 jobs so far. This translates to a positive impact on 2,255 lives!

Thank you 

Sep 24, 2020

Let the countdown begin...

Greetings Friend,

After what has been a 6-month operational pause for All Hands and Hearts, I have some great news to share with you today about our school rebuild program in Mexico. We have begun the staggered re-opening of our disaster relief programs, which means we can start counting down the days until we return to Oaxaca! 

As I mentioned in my last update, we have identified two locations where we feel our team can make a really meaningful impact. We expect to send a Project Development Team in the next couple of weeks to wrap up the planning process. If all goes as planned, we hope to begin working in the first location this December! 

Thank you for following our progress, and stay tuned for more updates!

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