At All Hands and Hearts, we believe our success is in large part due to the fact that we prioritize collaboration with local, US and international non-profit partners and agencies. Collaboration maximizes scarce resources in disaster zones, which means more people can be reached.
In international contexts, collaboration with grassroots partners ensures we do a better job of designing interventions that are relevant to community needs, are culturally appropriate, and are in compliance with government laws, regulations and community standards. These partnerships contribute to the sustainability of our work, as our in-country partners are encouraged and supported to continue and evolve initiatives for: resilient construction, maintenance of schools, and training on hygiene, educational technology or disaster risk reduction, which serve to build resilience among impacted communities after we’ve left the country.
Every NGO partnership is unique. Here are a few examples:
National and international partnerships
- National Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) – As an award-winning member of NVOAD we frequently coordinate with other national and state VOADs like Team Rubicon, Samaritan’s Purse, and United Methodist Committee on Relief, as well as the Long Term Recovery Groups formed by local stakeholders in US disaster locations.
- Good 360 – takes a holistic, long term approach to disaster recovery and we’ve been delighted to collaborate with them on a number of occasions, as well as co-founding the Resilient Response initiative with them.
- IOM – we have partnered with IOM on a number of occasions, including home-building after Typhoon Haiyan and Hagupit in the Philippines, displacement tracking after the 2015 flooding in Malawi, and rebuilding a rehabilitation center after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.
- Relief Nepal – Nepali fiscal partner that assists us in obtaining government approvals for the schools or clinics we build, and ensures our accounting compliance. Relief Nepal also carries out ongoing hygiene and disaster preparedness trainings with the communities where we work. In return, we offer financial support and mentorship on nonprofit and volunteer management.
Volunteer organization partnerships
“CAUW [Capital Area United Way, Baton Rouge, LA] partnered with All Hands and Hearts immediately following the August 2016 floods that devastated our community. During times of disaster, it is not always easy to identify which outside groups are truly committed and willing to help the community recover. Without a doubt, All Hands was a huge asset to our community and we would not have been able to rebuild as quickly and efficiently without their assistance.”
Katie Pritchett, VP, Community Impact (2018)
“My recommendation for All Hands and Hearts is anchored in both its expertise in mobilizing and directing volunteers from across the globe, as well as its intention and thoughtfulness to bring hope to every individual homeowner, many of whom could no longer see a path forward. Together, our reach and impact have been exponentially stronger. Theirs is precisely the type of organization that helps a community to truly recover.”
Cyndi Powell, Hands of Hope, Rockport, TX (2020)
“The strength of our partnership is rooted in our organizations’ shared belief that disaster relief and recovery should necessarily be led and informed by the people who live and work in disaster-affected communities.”
Donna Callejon, GlobalGiving (2020)