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Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian

by All Hands and Hearts
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Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
Give Direct Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Dorian

Dear Friend, 

We sincerely hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. A great deal has changed since our last program update, as the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19. Just days after our last report was sent, our team had to make the difficult decision to pause our operations around the world. What began as two months, quickly became a 6 month pause to our operations in order to keep staff, volunteers, and community members safe. 

We do want to reassure our incredible supporters like you that our commitments to communities remain resolute; we are doing everything we can to monitor the situation at the local level, and make necessary preparations so we can return to work as soon as safely possible. As of September 1, we expect to begin reopening programs on a case-by-case basis, based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts. Our goal now is to sustain our model and prepare to meet the challenges that COVID is already injecting into the disaster recovery landscape, so we can serve our mission over the long haul.

In the Bahamas specifically, we were extremely concerned about leaving behind a full queue of homes in need of roof repairs, risking further leaks and potential mold growth. Our solution has been to hire local and trusted contractors to do the work in the meantime, giving families a safe and dry place to stay. As of today, ten roofs have been completed and four are in progress. Our goal is to have 27 done by the end of the summer. If all goes as planned, we will be able to engage staff and volunteers early in our operational re-start timeline (which in this case means we may have boots on the ground in Great Abaco as early as September 1st)! Shortly after, we are planning to open a second satellite program to serve even more families affected by Hurricane Dorian - stay tuned for details! 

I look forward to keeping you updated as plans progress, and the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves. 

Thank you!

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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
After Every Beam is Scrubbed - It's Spraying Time
Central Abaco Primary School
Central Abaco Primary School
St. Francis De Sales School
St. Francis De Sales School
Every Child Counts School
Every Child Counts School
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Greetings Friend,

Thank you for supporting the work All Hands and Hearts is doing in The Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian made landfall on September 1st, leaving behind overwhelming levels of destruction and severely disrupting the lives of children and their families. Our teams have practically just begun, but we are pleased to say that great strides have already been made in the name of progress. 

Our staff arrived on the ground in Nassau on September 9th, immediately building local connections and conducting assessments in order to determine where we could truly make a meaningful impact. Volunteers arrived on October 1st, and the work has been progressing smoothly ever since. Due to logistical challenges and mass evacuations, our focus has primarily been on repairing schools, clinics, and community structures that will help establish a stronger sense of normalcy for those that remain on the island and for those hoping to return soon.

After a disaster like Hurricane Dorian, we find that local residents and governing bodies can be skeptical of incoming aid organizations like ours and the trustworthiness/quality of work that can be expected. We are happy to say that as word spreads about both our high quality of work and our determination to stay as long as possible, more doors are opening for us to make a positive impact in the lives of those impacted by this disaster. 

This month, our staff and volunteers were grateful to be able to share a Thanksgiving meal with community members, and the team from World Central Kitchen (an organization also working on the Island), reflecting on the fact that even in times of difficulty there is so much to be thankful for. Because of the generous support we have received from GlobalGiving and donors like you, we are on track to continue working in The Bahamas for at least two years. Thank you!

So far, our teams have worked on 17 sites, positively impacting 898 people.

We look forward to updating you again soon on our progress. Warm thoughts and Happy Holidays from the entire All Hands and Hearts team 

Thanksgiving with community members and WCK
Thanksgiving with community members and WCK
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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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