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Aug 12, 2019

Farewell, St. John

Happy summer from All Hands and Hearts! 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the month of August, quickly approaching what will be the two year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Our programs have changed so much since 2017, our teams completing impactful work that we have been so happy to share with you. Thank you for sticking with us from the beginning, and taking the time to hear what’s new with All Hands and Hearts. 

Work in Puerto Rico is continuing, and we have very exciting news about our Yabucoa program: we have extended! AHAH will remain in Puerto Rico until March of next year! To date, our teams have repaired 356 damaged roofs and worked on a total of 452 sites. Every day our field teams see that there are so many that still need our help, and we are eager to continue reaching as many families as we can.

I have some more bittersweet news for you this quarter, as our St. John program has officially come to a close. To say we will miss the wonderful people of this island is an understatement, and we feel fortunate to have stayed for a total of 18 months.  During this time our teams positively impacted 8,973 people, after completing 1,470 jobs. To celebrate, our teams joined community members for an evening together in Coral Bay to reflect on their time on the island and say their goodbyes to the home they had come to know and love. 

A few words from our Program Director: 

“As difficult as it will be to say goodbye, this experience is one that we will never forget.

As they say on the island.... everything's fine. Much love”.

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

Jul 17, 2019

Resilient Home Repairs Ramp Up in Texas!

A volunteer lays waterproof flooring at a home
A volunteer lays waterproof flooring at a home

All Hands and Hearts is still going strong in Texas – to date, we have completed rebuild work on 44 homes in the Houston and Coastal Bend areas, with 12 homes currently in progress. Because of you, and the added support of GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey funds, we have been able to continue helping families return to their homes.

 

We have also coordinated with other organizations and long-term recovery groups to combine efforts and bridge the gap for recovery services in the community. Most notably, we began a pilot home for resilient design in tandem with West Street Recovery and other organizations across Houston, and are beginning to implement the same techniques in Coastal Bend. Our program team is taking a highly focused approach on enhancing interior resiliency to future flood events. The approach takes a set of strategies – including laying waterproof vinyl flooring, installing styrofoam insulation, and building muckable walls – to prevent future mold growth and reduce overall costs of rebuild if a home floods again in the future. These partnerships help create a more collaborative space across repair and rebuild groups to better develop resiliency across all active organizations in the communities in which we serve.

 

Thanks to the continued generosity from GlobalGiving and donors like you, All Hands and Hearts will continue rebuild efforts well into next year! The life-changing impact that you have helped us accomplish cannot be overstated – Maria, whose home was recently completed, said “Since Hurricane Harvey, I've been doing all the repair work myself as a single mom, not knowing anything about building or construction, so it was such a weight off my shoulders to have All Hands and Hearts working here at my house".

 

On behalf of our homeowners and the All Hands and Hearts team in Texas, thank you for your unwavering support!

A site supervisor cuts styrofoam insulation
A site supervisor cuts styrofoam insulation
Jul 11, 2019

Work is beginning again soon...stay tuned!

Students Celebrating the Completion of Saraswati
Students Celebrating the Completion of Saraswati

Hello friends!

We are truly thrilled to report to you that we are entering our 5th year in Nepal! Starting back in 2015, our goal has been to help rural communities in Nepal (with limited access to the resources they need) recover from the devastating earthquake that impacted over 5 million people. We are so thankful for the support we have received from supporters like you that has helped us stay this long, and we are happy to provide a quick update on what’s new and next for All Hands and Hearts in Nepal! Linked here is a story written by a long-time All Hands and Hearts staff member about our time in Nepal to-date. Stay tuned - we will be updating our project page soon to reflect the ways our efforts in Nepal have evolved, especially following our merger with Happy Hearts Fund in 2017. 

This past season, our teams completed work on the following schools: 

  • Ma Vi Secondary School
  • Saraswati Basic School
  • Shree Jana Jagriti Secondary School
  • Uccha Ma Vi Higher Secondary School

Additionally, all four participants in our Female Masons Training program successfully acquired their certifications! 

This fall, the Masons Training program will continue in tandem with school rebuilds. Forward-looking, we currently have three schools in our queue that are in dire need of assistance with their rebuild and recovery process. Upon completion, the schools will be safe and structurally sound for years to come. We are set to begin working on two schools in the Sindhuli district, as well as one school in Makwanpur beginning in October!   

Until then, happy summer from All Hands and Hearts!

The Nepal Program Team 2018-2019
The Nepal Program Team 2018-2019
 
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