Since our last update, progress has been great on each of the active programs in the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico, teams have been working hard removing mold and repairing roofs on homes that sustained storm damage. Staff members have begun a countdown as they are only 9 roofs away from celebrating 300 roof repairs finished in Puerto Rico! There is a lot of work left to do before the struggling communities of Puerto Rico can reach a full sense of recovery, and it truly is an honor to participate in the ongoing efforts to make full recovery a reality.
Our teams have been in St. John for 14 months, conducting response and recovery work at a rapid pace! So far, teams have completed our rebuild scope of work on 13 homes! These 13 homes are part of the 282 total homes worked on since the program began, touching the lives of 1,130 people. We will include links below for stories from the field in both Yabucoa and St. John where you can read more personal stories about the work our teams are doing in both locations.
Finally, I report to you the bitter-sweet completion of our truly phenomenal St. Thomas program, which officially closed on April 30th. We are so proud of the entire team of staff and volunteers that worked in St. Thomas over the entire program timeline (which began in September of 2017). We are so grateful to you, and GlobalGiving, for supporting our efforts on this beautiful island from day one and for helping us stay as long as we did. After completing the revitalization of the Alvin McBean Recreation Park, our teams saw no better way to celebrate than to host a community ballgame. The efforts of our St. Thomas team yielded the completion of 930 jobs, benefiting over 6,000 people! Thank for following our progress for the past 19 months, and for showing you care about the wonderful people of St. Thomas.
We will continue to update you about our work in Puerto Rico and St. John on this page, as well as our isolated USVI page. Thank you for your continued support of All Hands and Hearts!
All Hands and Hearts has had a strong start to 2019, finishing 23 homes in the Houston and Coastal Bend areas to date, with 9 homes currently in various stages of the rebuild process. Due to our generous donors, and the added support of GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey funds, we have been able to sustain a high level of home completions for the past quarter. We have been hosting two AmeriCorps groups since late January, and will continue to do so through July. These teams have provided a consistent volunteer base to support our program, and we have been so lucky to have them on our AHAH team! Since they are here long-term and part of our training program, they have learned a variety of valuable skills and will have the ability to take the lead on certain projects, working closely with new volunteers, who are equally excited to learn something new! This allows our site supervisors to continue overseeing homes in progress, and for new sites to be prepared for rebuild.
In February we hired a Partnership Manager based in Houston, developing a stronger presence within the network of long-term rebuild organizations and universities to develop sustainable resources that bring volunteers to program, emphasize information-sharing across partners, and explore opportunities for innovative contributions to Houston's disaster preparedness. We are currently developing a partnership with the University of Houston to build more opportunities for service-learning and volunteering among student populations.
Thanks to the support from GlobalGiving and donors like you, All Hands and Hearts has been able to continue helping residents move back into their homes and, ultimately, rebuild hope. Cindy, the owner of a recently completed home, said “I sat in my kitchen just praying, wondering if this is what my house would be like forever. Then y’all showed up the next day. Now I have the most beautiful home to leave my daughter.”
Thank you for your continued support of our work across Texas. We couldn’t do it without you!
An AmeriCorps member repairs drywall for a home
Apr 12, 2019
Monsoon season is around the corner...
By Julieann Jones - Grants Associate
Time has flown by since our last update, and we are quickly approaching another monsoon season. Because the majority of our work takes place outdoors, and for the safety of our staff and volunteers, we have to take a short break until the season passes. Our teams are set to wrap up their current projects at the end of May, and get right back to work at the end of the summer!
Our teams have kept very busy since our last update, working hard to finish up several school sites in the Sindhuli District. The Ma Vi Secondary School, where our Female Mason trainees are currently working, is set to be completed in the first week of May. The Saraswati Basic School is set to be completed at the end of April! We are always so excited to see this work as it approaches the finish line because it means so many children will soon be able to return to safe, comfortable, and enriching environments. Upon completion of these two schools alone, 385 students will be able to enjoy their new space.
We are also so excited to say that the third session of our Female Masons Training program is set to successfully wrap up at the end of May! This third “round” of the program is helping provide four Nepali women with the training they need to acquire certifications (which will allow them to work for fair wages within their community long after All Hands and Hearts has left Nepal). It has been such a pleasure working with the trainees, and sharing a variety of knowledge with them! Every Tuesday and Thursday evening english lessons are held for the Female Masons, and once a week our volunteers and staff are given conversational Nepali lessons. We are excited to continue this life-changing program in the fall!
Thank you for continuing to support the work our teams are doing in Nepal...I look forward to updating you again in a few months!