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Jan 15, 2019

Hurricane Aftermath: Our Work is Just Beginning

Storm damage at Mexico Beach, FL
Storm damage at Mexico Beach, FL

Hello friends and supporters of GlobalGiving,

Though it may feel like a lifetime since Hurricane Michael struck the southern coast of the U.S., many families are still reeling from the unimaginable damage caused. The highly destructive storm that made landfall in early October has left families surrounded by devastation and loss. Their road to recovery will be long, but our experienced teams of staff and volunteers are committed to making full recovery a reality for as many of these families as possible. With your support, we are confident we will achieve this goal!

Our teams arrived within two weeks following the storm in order to set up a VRC in Mexico Beach and to begin assessments. Now fully operational, our Florida Response Program volunteers are working in and around Calhoun County, Florida. Our current scope of work includes chainsaw work to remove fallen and hazardous trees, general debris removal and management, as well as the mucking and gutting of water-damaged homes. With the utmost care and sensitivity, our teams help homeowners salvage as many of their personal items as possible before they begin working on the home itself (which involves removing damaged building materials, and prepping for mold sanitization). These steps are critical for families eager to return home and to a sense of normalcy.

Though a lot of work remains, we are pleased to report to you the incredible work our passionate volunteers have accomplished so far. To date, our teams have worked on 68 homes logging 8,236 hours. This work has helped 337 people so far! We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the GlobalGiving community that has helped make this all possible.

From all of us at All Hands and Hearts Smart Response, Thank you!

A damaged home and work site in FL
A damaged home and work site in FL
Volunteers working on a muck and gut
Volunteers working on a muck and gut
Volunteers doing chainsaw and debris work
Volunteers doing chainsaw and debris work
Jan 15, 2019

Nepal Recovery: See What's New!

Our CEO, Erik, joining volunteers in Nepal
Our CEO, Erik, joining volunteers in Nepal

Hello Donors!

Since our last report, and the end of monsoon season, our teams in Nepal have been very busy! We mentioned that during our hiatus our teams planned, and were approved, to start work in the Sindhuli district where school rebuilds are coming along smoothly. Three months into this work, we are ready to share with you what we have been up to! Our team is currently working on two full school rebuilds, four WaSH stations, as well as a partial rebuild on a small school site that sustained minor damage. These WaSH stations (which refer to designated water, sanitation, and heygeine stations), are fundamental for the safe development of children as they learn good hygienic practices and are provided with a clean and consistent water source. WaSH installations are currently being installed, or improved, at each rebuild site.

Work has begun at Shree Ma Vi school, which before the 2015 earthquakes functioned as a 14 room building serving ECD through grade 10. Most of the building was severely damaged, leaving students with 5 structurally unsafe classrooms. Our teams will rebuild and repair existing classroom damage here, and build a new playground and retaining wall so 190 students can return to a safe and functional learning space where they can prosper.  

Teams are also working hard at Saraswati School, which serves students ECD through grade 8. Saraswati had 9 rooms, also experiencing a high degree of structural damage. Teams are currently working on rebuilding the three structurally damaged classrooms, and retrofitting two others. This work will help 195 students and 7 staff return to their school!

Finally, our teams are working at Shree Uccha Ma Vi school where the impact will be truly amazing! This school, which serves ECD through 12th grade (including an additional college), will support the development and learning of 350 students when completed. Here, our teams will continue their progress with the rebuild, as well as the installation of a new water source to support the entire school.

Our teams are working tirelessly for one primary reason: sustainability. When we rebuild homes and schools, we do everything we can to make sure these structures are built to last. Our schools are built with reinforced footings and beams, helping them stand strong even in the face of possible future quakes. Our compassionate teams are committed to providing sustainably safe classrooms, restrooms, and clean drinking water to as many students as possible. The work we are doing in Sindhuli alone will assist 735 students return to the joy of learning. So much of this work is possible because of you, the generous supporters of All Hands and Hearts and Globalgiving!

As always, thank you for your unwavering support for the work we do. You help change lives every day!

Volunteers working on a school foundation
Volunteers working on a school foundation
Volunteers working on a school foundation
Volunteers working on a school foundation
Dec 31, 2018

USVI: Program Update

Hello Donors!

We are now over one year into response and recovery work in the USVI, where extensive damage was caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria particularly to the Islands of St. Thomas and St. John. There are some noteworthy changes related to our work here that we are excited to share with you, the generous supporters of GlobalGiving!

Our response program currently operating in St. John (Barranquitas and Toa Baja specifically), will likely wrap up at the end of December as the community need for response work continues to decline. Recovery will continue for the time being, as our teams work hard to assist those that are still reeling after the back-to-back storms. Our teams here have made an amazing impact, completing work on 254 homes to date. With the help of 356 volunteers logging 7,453 days of work, 905 people have benefitted from the work All Hands and Hearts is doing in St. John! We are so grateful to the GlobalGiving community for helping us continue this meaningful work.

Work in St. Thomas is also running smoothly, as AHAH volunteers and staff continue response and recovery work both on homes and schools. Similarly impactful, teams in St. Thomas have completed work on 534 homes since the program began! Work on a fifth school in St. Thomas is underway, helping another wonderful group of kids return to a safe and comfortable learning space. With the help of 1,024 volunteers logging 2,1084 days of work, 6,284 people have benefitted from the work All Hands and Hearts is doing in St. Thomas! We are committed to remaining in the USVI until the end of March, 2019, and this is only made possible because of our passionate supporters like you!

We are so excited to see what our teams accomplish over the next few months in St. Thomas and St. John. For more updates, please continue to follow our work on GlobalGiving! We are so grateful for your continued support of these crucial efforts.

From all of us here at All Hands and Hearts, Thank you!

 
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