Caribbean Hurricane Relief

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

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/​
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Twitter: @allhands
Project Leader:
Victoria Quigley
Mattapoisett, MA United States

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