School Builds

Children may be placed in Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) for years after a disaster if their school was completely destroyed. Our school build programs aim to provide a safe and disaster-resilient learning environment for students.Our school build programs vary depending on the type of disaster, damage sustained and the country we’re working in. Our program team works alongside the community to determine the best build option/s, which may include repairing, rebuilding and retrofitting.

Repairing Schools may include repairing damaged roofs, doors, ceilings and walls that were impacted by a disaster. While the school may be structurally sound, damage from water, mold, wind or other disaster-factors may be present. School repairs ensure students are able to return to a clean and safe learning environment.

Rebuilding Schools entails the ground-up construction of permanent structures like classrooms, school offices, retaining walls, playgrounds and murals.

Retrofitting Schools sees our teams taking existing structures and engineering them to be more resilient for future disasters. Retrofitting practices enable us to implement Disaster Risk Reduction elements and ensure the school will be able to withstand potential future disasters. Some typical elements of a retrofit include reinforcing concrete, strengthening the masonry, replacing walls and fortifying the roof structure.

In addition to the work within these build types, our staff and volunteers may also undertake the installation of water facilities and renewal projects to further strengthen the resilience of the school and community.

Health and Safety
All Hands and Hearts make the safety of the people we work for, and that work with us, a priority. We employ a risk-based approach to health and safety, which studies the possible dangers of a workplace and seeks to minimize those dangers through controls, such as usage guidelines, training, supervision and the enforcement of appropriate protective equipment. Each of our worksites have specific operational standards and risk controls to reduce the likelihood of a hazard occurring and contingency plans to reduce the severity of a hazard if it does occur.

Always check the packing list provided in your information pack, as sometimes we require you to bring items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may not be available in the region we are working.

It’s volunteers like you who shine a bright light on communities affected by natural disaster.

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