Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Improving access to quality education in a post-disaster context is a focus of our organization and we have a proven track record of impact across the world. Specifically, we help to build educational facilities and minimize the disruption of disaster events on education within vulnerable communities.
Our projects are designed and implemented with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) in mind.
Pillar 1: Safe School Facilities. We design disaster-resilient infrastructure in line with international standards and the host nation’s governing reconstruction authority. Our trained construction staff and volunteers work together to build disaster-resilient infrastructure.
Pillar 2: School Disaster Management. We work with school management committees to develop standard operating procedures for emergencies, organize and run evacuation drills, and provide training that builds the school community’s internal capacity to cope with disasters and other hazards.
Pillar 3: Risk Reduction & Resilience Education. We engage local stakeholders and organizations in school safety education activities and staff development.
Within the state of Morelos, Mexico, Narciso Mendoza Primary School was rendered unsafe for use after the devastating 2017 Mexico earthquakes. In partnership with Happy Hearts Mexico (now All Hands and Hearts Mexico), we constructed six classrooms, one computer room, one multi-purpose room, a ‘cooperativa’ for parents and gender-sensitive toilets for students and teachers which are fully accessible. Additionally, we repaired the teacher’s office, removed unsafe structures, painted and repaired external structures, built pathways and planters, and repaired the perimeter fence.
Narciso Mendoza now serves 151 students and offers them the opportunity to learn in a beautiful, safe and disaster-resilient environment.
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