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Caribbean Hurricane Relief

by All Hands and Hearts
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
Farewell St. Thomas
Farewell St. Thomas

Hello Donors!

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!

A volunteer hard at work
A volunteer hard at work
A volunteer in St. John
A volunteer in St. John

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Students at Morne Prosper
Students at Morne Prosper

Hello Donors!

Since our last update, though only a few months ago, we have quite a bit to share with you! Our teams have been working hard on the recovery programs in Dominica, St. Thomas, St. John, and Puerto Rico.

In the USVI, our teams are continuing to work closely with community partners like My Brother’s Workshop to make sure we assist as many people as possible. Gradually, the scope of work is becoming more recovery based. With every project our teams complete, whether it’s roofing, mucking and gutting, school retrofitting, or even the installation of mold resistant materials into homes, our beneficiaries take one more step closer to fully realized recovery. To date, over 7,226 people have been positively impacted by our work here and, with your generous and ongoing support, we are excited to see this number continue to grow. In Puerto Rico, our teams are adjusting as we experience a couple of exciting program changes. After over 66,712 combined volunteer hours, programs wrapped up in Barranquitas (on December 21st) and Toa Baja (on January 7th). Even as these programs close, we are thrilled that our work in Puerto Rico will continue through September 2019 as our teams work hard to put hurricane resilient roofs on homes and complete some special community projects as well.  

As mentioned in our last update, we have designated isolated pages on GlobalGiving for both our work in the USVI and Puerto Rico where you can find the most up to date information on the work we are continuing to do in both places. For this update, we would like to specifically highlight our work in Dominica, which has officially wrapped up!

Finishing our program in Dominica is bittersweet for all of us at All Hands and Hearts, but we are extremely proud of what our field teams were able to accomplish on the Island. During our time in Dominica, and in addition to storm resilient roof work and a wonderful community project (the Liveier Tadour Water Source project), five schools were completed helping 170 students return to safe and comfortable learning environments. Most recently, we were able to celebrate the completion of Charlotte Pre School (finished January 19th) and Morne Prosper Primary and Pre Schools (both finished January 10th). One of our volunteers, Tim, is a Landscape Architect by trade and put his skills and knowledge to good use at the Morne Prosper project. After the completion of the structural work for both the Primary and Pre-School, Tim designed and implemented some wonderful ideas with a group of volunteers, aptly named “Team Awesome”. His plans included a cricket field, an octagonal bench surrounding a large (Delonix regia) tree, a large staircase linking the lower ground to the new school buildings, and a community garden in the shape of a flower (each petal offering a space for every grade to grow plants and vegetables to represent Morne Prosper as an agricultural village).These beautiful additions acted as a small farewell gift to the communities in Dominica, and will serve as a reminder to the children of Morne Prosper what is possible when they work together! At the center of this  work were “Build Back Better” techniques, used to ensure that the schools and roofs are resistant against future hurricanes and earthquakes. Having worked closely with the Ministry of Education, other NGOs, the schools and the local communities, this essential work created much safer homes and more appropriate learning environments, which also serve as evacuation shelters for the surrounding communities. Attached below, please find a short video capturing what our teams were able to accomplish in Dominica. We are forever grateful for the overwhelming support we received from you, the GlobalGiving community, to continue this vital work.

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

Morne Prosper (Completed)
Morne Prosper (Completed)
Morne Prosper (Completed)
Morne Prosper (Completed)
A community member thanking a volunteer
A community member thanking a volunteer

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One of our finished schools: Paix Bouche Preschool
One of our finished schools: Paix Bouche Preschool

After one year in the Caribbean, we are excited to provide a comprehensive update on what has been accomplished, and also direct your attention to a wonderful new school project in the works in Dominica! This program page will remain active through the end of the year as our volunteers work hard to complete Charlotte Preschool, providing a safe and resilient learning space for more than 400 students over the next ten years! As the year comes to a close, please consider helping us reach our fundraising goal and help make this wonderful school a reality in Dominica!

For those interested in following our continued work in this region of the world,  we are happy to report that our work in Puerto Rico and the USVI will proceed into the following year. We are honored to share that our USVI team has received recognition from Senator Forde for its lasting commitment to the communities in St. Thomas, and St. John. Our team is starting its fifth school repair in St. Thomas, as response work continues in St. John. We are so grateful that generous donors like you are helping this important work move forward!

Program Purpose: To address the unmet needs of communities affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, in order to improve short-term and long-term chances of recovery. This program, covering several islands in the Caribbean, was developed due the sweeping nature of damage caused by the back-to-back storms. The US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Puerto Rico were some of the hardest hit areas, each containing communities that had been overlooked and were often difficult to access. This program worked to address the unique needs of each location, aiding families in the processes of mucking, gutting, and mold sanitizing. When possible, our teams also aided in strategic recovery; they helped the same populations rebuild and repair in ways that will last for years to come. All Hands and Hearts has helped reconstruct permanent facilities for damaged or destroyed schools and homes. At the end of our long term commitments, we hope to have returned hundreds of children and families to a sense of normalcy and comfort in the face of destruction and loss.

Progress: The contributions from you, the generous GlobalGiving donors, made all the work All Hands and Hearts has done over the past year in the Caribbean possible. We are  pleased to be able to deliver near-final reports on our work in Dominica and Tortola, evidence of the incredible impact you have had in the lives of hundreds of children and families. Because All Hands and Hearts is still hard at work in USVI and Puerto Rico, we believe  each should have a spotlight of its own. This report will update you on results to date, but also encourage you to follow our new, stand alone USVI and Puerto Rico pages on GlobalGiving to learn about our recovery goals for those US territories.

In Dominica, All Hands has been focusing its efforts on rebuilding schools and repairing residential roofs. Our first project - rebuilding Paix Bouche Primary and Pre School in St. Andrew Province - is complete. After a festive handover ceremony in August, students and staff are officially able to enjoy their new space. We are now rebuilding Morne Prosper Primary and Pre School in St. George Province, while replacing hurricane-torn roofs in the community. Our main project in Dominica will wrap up at the end of December, but we are actively raising funds for one last school rebuild: Charlotte Pre-school, which, if the funding comes through, will keep us in Dominica through January. Working closely with the Ministry of Education, other NGOs, the schools and the local communities, this essential work has created much safer homes and more appropriate learning environments, which also serve as evacuation shelters for the surrounding communities. In total, this work has positively impacted 130 students. On behalf of the people of Dominica, thank you!

In Tortola, BVI, All Hands and hearts has focused on restoring education to schools affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. With over 3,105 hours of volunteer work, much has been accomplished! Wonder Years Daycare and Preschool, Rainbow Transitional Home and Autism Centre, and Ivan Dawson Primary School are fully functional after flood damage, roof damage, and structural problems have been repaired. Our emphasis on resilient building practices in all the work we do ensures that these structures can weather the next hurricanes. This work has put 161 of students back in school, where they can play and learn safely. Over 3,600 people were positively impacted as a result of your support of volunteer work in BVI. On behalf of the students and families there, thank you!

The people living in the Caribbean were in an unimaginably difficult situation last year at this time. Their homes and belongings had been damaged and destroyed. Their schools were not safe to attend, wind and flood damage visible throughout. Now, because of you, they are well on their way to fully recovering from such destructive storms. You, the compassionate GlobalGiving community, teamed with our experienced and dedicated volunteers have forever changed the lives of so many. We are eternally grateful that you have made it possible for us to participate in such meaningful work. We hope you will continue to follow our work in the USVI and Puerto Rico, where we are working hard to make full disaster recovery a reality for hundreds more. Thank you again for all you do!

Award from Senator Forde
Award from Senator Forde
External view of Paix Bouche
External view of Paix Bouche
One of our teams: ready to keep working!
One of our teams: ready to keep working!
Completed Paix Bouche School
Completed Paix Bouche School

Hello donors!

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the strongest Atlantic storms in history that devastated many of the Caribbean islands. All Hands and Hearts continues to be a source of support on the ground for families still trying to recover.

In Dominica, our work on the Paix Bouche Pre and Primary School has been completed! We focused on rebuilding a more sustainable roof and structure, remodeling the layout of the ground floor to add one more classroom, and repairing the toilet blocks, stage, canteen and playground areas. Our teams have now started work on Mourne Prosper School and continue to work on home rebuilds in areas of the island that were hardest hit.

In Tortola, the teams have completed debris removal for homes and are continuing our work in restoring education to hundreds of students in the community. Our projects are on schedule at the Wonder Years Day Care & Pre-School and the Rainbow Transitional Home and Autism Centre, and since our last update, we have begun work on the Ivan Dawson Primary School. 

In Puerto Rico, the teams in Barranquitas and Yabucoa are continuing to help the community with their greatest need: roof repairs. Our work has helped us develop what we refer to as “Resilient Roofing Standards,” which are a set of standards that we uphold to ensure our roof repair work is sustainable enough to withstand any hurricane with wind speeds up to 150MPH. In Barranquitas the teams have completed over 70 roof repairs, mainly focusing on CGI roof repairs. In Yabucoa the teams have completed over 100 concrete roof repairs and critical repairs, focusing mainly on exterior doors and windows that were damaged in the storm.

In the USVI both the St. Thomas and St. John programs continue on with the recovery phase. To date the teams have completed work on over 700 sites and impacted more than 5,900 individuals. Over 1,000 volunteers have spent more than 105,000 hours mucking and gutting, sanitizing, removing debris, and rebuilding homes and schools across the islands.

The needs across all of the islands are still great even now that a year has passed. As long as All Hands and Hearts has the resources our teams will continue to work every day to aid in the recovery process. We can’t complete this work without support from donors like you and we appreciate your commitment to helping those in need. Thank you!

Paix Bouche Classroom
Paix Bouche Classroom
CGI Roof Work in Barranquitas
CGI Roof Work in Barranquitas
Paix Bouche Primary School in progress
Paix Bouche Primary School in progress

Hello donors,

It has now been 9 months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean, leaving hundreds of thousands of families in need of assistance. Our teams of staff and volunteers have been working every day to get communities back on their feet, rebuilding hope in communities across the islands.

In Dominica, we continue to work on the Paix Bouche Pre and Primary School. We have had a busy couple of months of masonry work to complete the new reinforced walls, and wrapping the existing columns to add an outer reinforcement jacket, for extra strength. Volunteer work has been focused on rebar bending, form-work building and cement mixing, whilst skilled masons have laid the blocks and welders work to fix the rebar in place. Work on the toilet block is well underway, as old, damaged fittings, tiles and roofing are removed to make way for new materials and fixtures. Volunteers have also begun to clear debris from the Pre-school, so that work there can begin soon.

In USVI, we continue our response work (mucking, gutting and sanitizing), and have also begun repairs on child care facilities. To date we have completed muck and gut and debris removal on over 300 homes across the USVI. Volunteers travel to job sites in St. Thomas and St. John each morning and return each evening to our base for a nightly meeting recapping the day. With 20 - 50 volunteers on base at one time, over 26 nationalities have been represented since September. We have made a long-term commitment to help the USVI recover and our work is just beginning.

In Puerto Rico, our work continues in the hard hit communities of Yabucoa and Barranquitas. Across both programs we have completed work on over 200 homes. We continue to complete repairs to concrete roofs in Yabucoa and complete repairs to pitched, CGI roofs in Barranquitas. We continue to complete other scopes of work like sanitation and critical repairs of doors and windows. We have also shifted some focus to renewal projects for the communities impacted like cleaning up on baseball fields, schools and playgrounds so that the community can regain a sense of normalcy. With anywhere from 40-90 volunteers on base at one time, over 32 nationalities have been represented since January.

None of the amazing work we complete would be possible without donors like you, thank you. As always, please continue to stay up to date with our programs across the world.

 

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All Hands and Hearts

Location: Mattapoisett, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Julieann Jones
Mattapoisett, MA United States
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