Hurricane Dorian was a great disruptor to the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama. For many, their families are separated and spread among the islands of the Bahamas and even further abroad. It’s sinking in more and more each day that it will be a while before they can all be together again. The waves of depression and frustration are real, but the helping hands who have come to help them from all around the world are a true treasure. Our team rises at six am every morning, putting their boots on the ground by seven. These volunteers come from all walks of life, but have one major thing in common: They've come to help families move forward, in spite of the long road of recovery ahead. We are fortunate to be able to connect directly with the families we are working together to help, and invite them to a weekly dinner to get to know them better and reflect on progress made.
All Hands and Hearts has been on the ground since early September, and, with the help of 433 volunteers, we have served over 2100 people. With a daily average of 80 volunteers in the field, we have been a part of the rebuilding of eight schools in Abaco! We have completed our work on St. Francis de Sales school, and are currently focused on two more schools. Every Child Counts is the only school on the island for kids with special needs, and Central Abaco Primary School is the largest primary school on the island, serving over 800 students. With the word spreading of schools reopening, and hope spreading with it, we’re seeing so many people return home to rebuild their lives. We hope to have a part of the campus completed by mid-April for students to re-enter Central Abaco Primary and Every Child Counts by September.
In addition to our growing list of school projects, we have also been working hard on over 70 homes! Even though we celebrate that number, we still have over 100 families in our queue, with more being added every day. These families have had their homes mucked out, sanitized for mold, dried in and roofs repaired. The level of gratitude expressed by these folks is always so heartwarming to our teams, and we extend that gratitude to you as you've helped make all of this possible!
We sincerely thank you for being a part of this tremendous work, and we look forward to updating you again soon!
After Every Beam is Scrubbed - It's Spraying Time
Central Abaco Primary School
St. Francis De Sales School
Every Child Counts School