Mar 2, 2020

Six months after Dorian, and we're still here!

Hurricane Dorian was a great disruptor to the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama. For many, their families are separated and spread among the islands of the Bahamas and even further abroad. It’s sinking in more and more each day that it will be a while before they can all be together again. The waves of depression and frustration are real, but the helping hands who have come to help them from all around the world are a true treasure. Our team rises at six am every morning, putting their boots on the ground by seven. These volunteers come from all walks of life, but have one major thing in common: They've come to help families move forward, in spite of the long road of recovery ahead. We are fortunate to be able to connect directly with the families we are working together to help, and invite them to a weekly dinner to get to know them better and reflect on progress made.

All Hands and Hearts has been on the ground since early September, and, with the help of 433 volunteers, we have served over 2100 people. With a daily average of 80 volunteers in the field, we have been a part of the rebuilding of eight schools in Abaco! We have completed our work on St. Francis de Sales school, and are currently focused on two more schools. Every Child Counts is the only school on the island for kids with special needs, and Central Abaco Primary School is the largest primary school on the island, serving over 800 students. With the word spreading of schools reopening, and hope spreading with it, we’re seeing so many people return home to rebuild their lives. We hope to have a part of the campus completed by mid-April for students to re-enter Central Abaco Primary and Every Child Counts by September.

In addition to our growing list of school projects, we have also been working hard on over 70 homes! Even though we celebrate that number, we still have over 100 families in our queue, with more being added every day. These families have had their homes mucked out, sanitized for mold, dried in and roofs repaired. The level of gratitude expressed by these folks is always so heartwarming to our teams, and we extend that gratitude to you as you've helped make all of this possible!  

We sincerely thank you for being a part of this tremendous work, and we look forward to updating you again soon!

After Every Beam is Scrubbed - It's Spraying Time
After Every Beam is Scrubbed - It's Spraying Time
Central Abaco Primary School
Central Abaco Primary School
St. Francis De Sales School
St. Francis De Sales School
Every Child Counts School
Every Child Counts School
Feb 10, 2020

Our Work in Puerto Rico Continues...

Since late December, Southern Puerto Rico has been trembling with earthquakes. There have been over 1,200, including a record-breaking 6.4 magnitude quake on January 7th - Puerto Rico’s strongest in over a century.  We are happy to report that although our Hurricane Maria recovery teams based out of Yabucoa felt tremors and lost power and water in the area, they were not directly impacted by the earthquakes. After a series of assessments, staff members have determined that the best way we can support earthquake response efforts at this time is to partner with other organizations on the ground who could use the helping hands of our concerned volunteers. For example - we have developed a satellite project, partnering with World Central Kitchen as they serve more than 9,000 meals a day to 90 locations in 11 municipalities. Volunteers are assisting in the preparation, cooking and serving meals. We are continuing to evaluate relief efforts as they progress to determine if there are any additional ways we can help as our program rapidly approaches its close date. 

We continue to provide recovery assistance to homeowners in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico; addressing the unmet needs of homeowners still struggling to recover. In December, we hosted a Community Resource Fair, with the help of Saint Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army and SBP, where we welcomed over 200 families. The event was open to the public and local groups set up booths offering workshops and information on a number of recovery topics, from home repairs to mental and physical health. 

We are incredibly sad to be leaving Puerto Rico at the end of March - choosing to extend our program in spite of funding challenges we have faced was a decision rooted in the fact there were (and are) so many families in need of help, now over two years after the Hurricanes. We are grateful to have stayed as long as we have...Puerto Rico is truly a place we can call home. To date, we have completed 590 roofs, positively impacting the lives of over 7,800 people.

Your support of our efforts in Puerto Rico over the past couple of years has meant so much to us. Your trust in our organization makes so much of this work possible!

 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Feb 5, 2020

Our Work in Puerto Rico - A Quick Update From the Team!

Since late December, Southern Puerto Rico has been trembling with earthquakes. There have been over 1,200, including a record-breaking 6.4 magnitude quake on January 7th - Puerto Rico’s strongest in over a century.  We are happy to report that although our Hurricane Maria recovery teams based out of Yabucoa felt tremors and lost power and water in the area, they were not directly impacted by the earthquakes. After a series of assessments, staff members have determined that the best way we can support earthquake response efforts at this time is to partner with other organizations on the ground who could use the helping hands of our concerned volunteers. For example - we have developed a satellite project, partnering with World Central Kitchen as they serve more than 9,000 meals a day to 90 locations in 11 municipalities. Volunteers are assisting in the preparation, cooking and serving of meals. We are continuing to evaluate relief efforts as they progress to determine if there are any additional ways we can help as our program rapidly approaches its close date. 

We continue to provide recovery assistance to homeowners in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico; addressing the unmet needs of homeowners still struggling to recover. In December, we hosted a Community Resource Fair, with the help of Saint Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army and SBP, where we welcomed over 200 families. The event was open to the public and local groups set up booths offering workshops and information on a number of recovery topics, from home repairs to mental and physical health. 

We are incredibly sad to be leaving Puerto Rico at the end of March - choosing to extend our program in spite of funding challenges we have faced was a decision rooted in the fact there were (and are) so many families in need of help, now over two years after the Hurricanes. We are grateful to have stayed as long as we have - Puerto Rico is truly a place we can call home. To date, we have completed 590 roofs, positively impacting the lives of over 7,800 people.

Your support of our efforts here and in other areas of the Caribbean over the past couple of years has meant so much to us. Your trust in our organization makes so much of this work possible!

 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

 
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