Caribbean Hurricane Relief

by All Hands and Hearts Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Hello donors!

It has been six months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the Caribbean islands, leaving behind billions in damages and countless families in need of help. All Hands and Hearts responded to the call for help, deploying teams to the USVI, BVI and Puerto Rico, assessing the damage and determining the best course of action.

Our St. Thomas response program in the US Virgin Islands began right after Irma first hit and we are still the only organization operating on St. Thomas providing cleanup assistance. To date we have completed work on over 250 different homes, including debris removal, chainsaw work, mold sanitation, and demolition. Through our various work on homes as well as community spaces we have been able to assist over 4,000 individuals. Additionally, in USVI we have just launched a program in St. John after receiving support from a local foundation to help communities who have received little to no outside assistance.

Our Tortola response program in the British Virgin Islands began at the beginning of 2018 and has a large focus on clearing debris from schools and helping homeowners with debris removal. An assessment team continues to identify schools in need of assistance.

Our response work in Puerto Rico also began at the beginning of 2018 with the launch of two different programs, one in the coastal town of Yabucoa and one in the mountain region of Barranquitas. Due to the high level of need in both communities the bases are running over 100 volunteers in the field every day working to repair roofs, clear debris, sanitize, and demolish unsafe homes.

We are now six months out from Irma and Maria, and the islands across the Caribbean need our support more than ever. We are able to continue our work thanks to the incredibly generous support from the GlobalGiving community. Please continue to stay up to date with our programs in the Caribbean and across the world.

Thank you!

Hello donors!

It has been nearly 4 months since Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria battered islands throughout the Caribbean, leaving behind devastation that is still evident today. All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response immediately responded in St. Thomas and has been on the ground ever since working to remove debris and perform cleanup efforts throughout the island. We have completed work on over 100 homes, mucking and gutting damaged materials and clearing debris. We have begun to sanitize many of these homes in order to prepare them for rebuild. Over the course of the last few months it has become apparent that there is more work to be done across many more islands and there are areas that have not yet received help and need assistance.

All Hands and Hearts has sent members of the Project Development team to multiple islands to assess the damage and communicate with local leaders and organizations to see what help is needed immediately. Through this process we have identified many communities that have been overlooked and need our help.

In addition to our continued work in St. Thomas we have identified communities in Tortola and Puerto Rico that need immediate assistance. Assessments are still ongoing on other islands and plans are being developed to launch programs in the new year. Each program will come with its own set of challenges, for example many communities throughout Puerto Rico are still inaccessible, especially in the mountainous regions. Through the support of generous donors like you, as well as local organizations and community members on the ground, it is our goal to bring relief to families that are still reeling from these devastating disasters.

Thank you for your continued support!  

 

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All Hands and Hearts

Location: Mattapoisett, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​hands.org/​
Project Leader:
Victoria Quigley
Mattapoisett, MA United States

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