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Jan 14, 2020

Happy New Year From Our Texas Teams!

A site supervisor teaches an AmeriCorps member
A site supervisor teaches an AmeriCorps member

Our Hurricane Harvey relief programs in Houston and Coastal Bend had a successful holiday season filled with love, laughter and continued hard work in the community. We are excited to highlight our work with Rockport Hands of Hope, Habitat for Humanity and the Navajo Nation, in partnership with whom we completed 24 homes. By emboldening the skills of each organization, we could each specialize in a particular phase of work to accelerate the completion of those homes so families could move back in faster. The holiday spirit didn’t stop there: when they weren’t hard at work in homes, our volunteers and staff hit the pavement to distribute turkeys to Houston families, and serve hundreds of meals at the 76th Annual Jim Salem Dinner in Coastal Bend. We know that every step we take together to care for our communities adds up.


As we begin a new year, our programs are looking to make 2020 another year of putting families back into their homes. We are excited about our new partnership with Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). By working together, we aim to help an additional 10 families move back home. To date, our teams have completed work on 91 homes between both programs, and are in various stages of rebuild on 8 homes, continuing to implement resilient design techniques. The use of water-resistant products, for example, allows homeowners to be better prepared for future disasters.


In addition to our traditional recovery work, we continue to partner with other local organizations in an effort to expand our impact on affected communities. In Houston, we’ve continued to support Food Not Bombs by distributing food to communities in need, while in Coastal Bend we’ve continued to work on community beautification projects with Keep Aransas County Beautiful. Volunteers worked on their off-days in an effort to preserve what is incredibly important to the community. Their hard work lends itself to our mission of community renewal above and beyond our traditional recovery work.


Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving and donors such as yourself, All Hands and Hearts has been able to help families get back into their homes for the holidays, and plan to continue rebuilding in Texas well into the new year. Josefina, the owner of a recently completed home, expressed her thanks: “You don’t ask for anything in return for the work — you are special people. I am excited and forever grateful to you for all you have done”.

A volunteer applies touch-up paint to the ceiling
A volunteer applies touch-up paint to the ceiling
Jan 7, 2020

Three New Schools are Underway...

Foundation Prep at Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi
Foundation Prep at Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi

Greetings friends and supporters of our Nepal Relief Program,

We are so excited to enter our fifth year of school rebuilds in Nepal, as our teams rapidly make progress on three new project sites. The first site is nestled in the Makwanpur District, which is one of the most heavily impacted Districts following the 2015 earthquake. Here, the team is working on the Shree Manakamana Basic School which serves ECD through eighth grade. When their work is done, 140 enrolled children will have access to their brand new school.

The second and third sites are situated in the rural municipality of Marin (which is in the larger Sindhuli District, located approx. 5 hours outside of Kathmandu). Here, teams are working on two new schools, namely the Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi school, and the Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi school. We aim to have both schools finished by mid-May 2020 when we will open the doors to a combined 338 students.

Continued support for our work in Nepal helps us provide desperately needed improvements in addition to the structural improvements already in motion. Examples include new clean and reliable water sources, safe and gender-appropriate sanitation facilities, hygiene and hand wash-stations, and even structurally sound playgrounds. Each of these elements has the power to improve the health and well-being of these children, allowing them to focus on the joys of childhood and learning. Thank you for following the progress our teams have made in Nepal, and for supporting their work on the incredible 21 schools that have already been completed.

I look forward to updating you again soon!

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Jan 6, 2020

We'll see you again soon!

Happy New Year from All Hands and Hearts! 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the month of January, now two weeks after our incredible Hurricane Michael Recovery Program came to a close. This program was so special to our staff and volunteers, and I can only hope we have done an adequate job of sharing a piece of that with you. Thank you for sticking with us from the beginning, and for choosing to support our efforts in Bay County - to say we will miss this resilient community would truly be an understatement. 

Even as we celebrate the impact our team has made over the past year, we recognize the great need that still exists in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. For this reason, we are working hard to procure the funding which will allow us to reopen a response program in Jackson County this April. Stay tuned for more information!

For the 18 homeowners and their families we were able to reach during this most recent phase, our work has meant their ability to move back into fully repaired homes safely and comfortably. We are forever grateful to have been a part of that experience, and for your support which helped make it possible.  

Our final project, which took place at a local Boys and Girls Club facility, is one that we hope will bring a splash of color into children’s lives for years to come. After determining that the facility needed the external walls to be patched and painted, our teams decided to get creative and design a project plan that would allow the kids that attend this facility to have a hand in the repair work. The team designed a beautiful mural for the primed wall, which some club attendees helped us paint! It was an incredible opportunity to do something special for the CEO, his team, and the kids they serve every day. To read more about the project, check out this link

We are proud to report to you that our team in Florida empowered 577 volunteers to make a difference in the lives of 805 people. We look forward to updating you as we work to re-open this spring! 

On behalf of everyone at All Hands and Hearts, thank you.

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