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Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes

by All Hands and Hearts
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Put Resilient Roofs on Damaged Puerto Rican Homes
Hurricane Anniversary Parade
Hurricane Anniversary Parade

Greetings friend!

Since our last update, an important anniversary passed in Puerto Rico. Now more than two years ago, two back-to-back hurricanes devastated the homes of thousands of residents on the island. Roofs were torn from homes, and heavy rainfall left streets inundated with water. A great deal of work remains to be done, but these communities have shown how resilient they are time and time again. It’s been an honor and privilege to stand by Puerto Rico through it all. 

All Hands and Hearts is still in Puerto Rico nearly two years after our teams arrived, more committed than ever to support the recovery of the families still reeling from the impact of these storms. As I mentioned in our last update, we plan to remain in Puerto Rico through the end of March 2020. Until then, our teams have a lot to do! 

September 20th was the two-year anniversary of the storms, and community members in Yabucoa (where our teams have been based for the past year) gathered to shed light on this important day. Our team joined the community and the local schools in a walk of remembrance, honoring the lives lost after the Hurricane. Winding through the neighborhood streets, they sang songs about resilience and proudly chanted “Puerto Rico se levanta”.

Beyond the work our teams are doing on homes, they continue to find community revitalization projects that we hope will help remind the families we work with that recovery is possible. In Yabucoa, this has meant repairing damage sustained to community centers, parks, and baseball fields. As we speak, teams are in the final stretch of work on Mendez Baseball Complex and Limones Baseball Field.    

To date, our team in Yabucoa has empowered 2,993 volunteers to make a difference in the lives of 7,719 people. With their hard work, more than 400 roofs have been repaired! 

Thank you for continuing to support the work we are doing in Puerto Rico - it means the world to us!  

Breaking Ground at Limones Baseball Field
Breaking Ground at Limones Baseball Field

Work in Puerto Rico continues, and we have very exciting news about our Yabucoa program: we have extended! AHAH will remain in Puerto Rico until March of next year. For us, this is an opportunity to do even more for Puerto Rico and the communities that have felt so left behind in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We are quickly approaching the two-year anniversary of both storms, and we are honored to remain on the island into the new year. 

As mentioned in our last update, our teams are always eager to go above and beyond the work they do every day in the field by seeking out community-based work they could do as well. In Puerto Rico, much of that focus has been on baseball fields! As a popular gathering space, these fields have become highly requested locations for repair and revitalization. Our teams have worked on three already, and just this month broke ground on Limones Baseball field in Yabucoa! These projects are a really fun way to rally the community, and complete a project that will impact the larger community for years to come. 

The heat is an ongoing challenge for the Yabucoa team, but they continue to find creative ways to keep cool and carry on. To date, our teams have repaired 356 damaged roofs and worked on a total of 452 sites. Every day our field teams see that there are so many that still need our help, and we are eager to continue reaching as many families as we can. Thanks for sticking with us!

Happy summer from All Hands and Hearts 

AHAH Management Team Volunteering in Yabucoa
AHAH Management Team Volunteering in Yabucoa
A Volunteer in Puerto Rico
A Volunteer in Puerto Rico
Yabucoa Family Photo!
Yabucoa Family Photo!

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Yabucoa team after finishing their 300th roof
Yabucoa team after finishing their 300th roof

Greetings from All Hands and Hearts!

This quarter, we have some news that we truly think is worthy of a celebration: our Puerto Rico teams have officially finished repairing and sealing their 300th concrete roof! In the grand scheme of things, this may seem like a small indication of progress; but, for 300 homeowners and their families, this means being in their homes without worrying about leaks and mold growth each time it rains.

Teams are working closely with the people of Yabucoa, always looking for ways to engage the larger community and identify locally-based projects that could use the support of All Hands and Hearts. We are currently in the process of identifying a community baseball field that our teams could revitalize! Projects like this have a tremendous spirit-lifting effect on the community, which is why we try to work on similar projects at each of our active programs around the world. I will continue to keep you updated as this project develops!

In addition to the 300 concrete roof repairs the team has completed, they have finished 586 other jobs! These jobs range from debris and tree removal, to mucking and gutting, to sanitization of mold - all of which are important steps for families working so hard to return to a sense of normalcy following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We are so proud of the Yabucoa team and all the work they have accomplished so far. Thank you for helping make all of this possible.

We look forward to updating you again soon!

Volunteer Doing Roof Work Over the Holidays
Volunteer Doing Roof Work Over the Holidays

Hello Donors!

As you may know, All Hands and Hearts has been in Puerto Rico since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit in the Fall of 2017. Officially starting the first week of January 2018, our teams worked incredibly hard to help those impacted by the storms move beyond the destruction they faced as a result of the heavy winds and rain. Originally working in three locations (Barranquitas, Yabucoa, and Toa Baja), our recovery phase of work is now operating solely out of Yabucoa.

The efforts of our field teams are focused on some mucking/gutting/mold sanitizing, and our primary work on roof and critical home repairs. For thousands of residents after the initial storm hit, roofs were severely damaged, or even removed altogether. Even now, at higher altitudes in the areas we work, you can see the blue tarps speckling the landscape as many are still depending on these tarps to keep water out of their homes. This is by no means a long-term solution to the problem, and simply acts as a bandaid leaving homeowners vulnerable to even a minor storm. Our goal is to repair as many of these roofs as possible, building them back stronger than ever. Until a roof is fully repaired, it’s very difficult for homeowners to address the damage to the inside of their homes as rain leakage has been a big issue.

Teams and volunteers worked straight through the holidays (notice the santa hats in one of the update photos!) in order to make sure that All Hands and Hearts can serve as many individuals as possible over the full timeline of recovery. 7,014 people have been impacted by the work of 2,392 volunteers. We are thrilled that our teams have been able to make this kind of impact so far, and thankful that we have been so strongly supported by the Globalgiving community from day one. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we work together to see these numbers grow!

As always, thank you from everyone at All Hands and Hearts!

Volunteer Prepping a Damaged Roof for Sealant
Volunteer Prepping a Damaged Roof for Sealant
Volunteers Prepping a Damaged Roof for Sealant
Volunteers Prepping a Damaged Roof for Sealant
 

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