School Builds

Their world reports nearly 40 million students have their education disrupted, each year, by natural disasters causing severe social impacts and affecting the country’s economy at an individual, local and national level. A weakened economy results in slow, or non-existent, long term recovery efforts impacting the nation’s ability to rebuild infrastructure such as transport links, hospitals, housing and schools.

According to UNESCO, “if all students in low income countries completed primary school with basic reading skills, at least 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.” This illustrates how building safe school campuses can provide immediate and long term relief to social and economic complexities. Ultimately, education has a catalytic effect; from combating poverty and reducing vulnerabilities, to alleviating gender inequities.

Governments and non-government organizations understand the implications of education disruption and seek to resume schooling as quickly as possible after crises/natural disasters. While this is a positive endeavour, there is often a lack of resources to ensure a speedy, safe and appropriate recovery. Consequently, students are either placed in Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) made from scrap materials, tarpaulin and iron sheets or taught in the existing damaged buildings. Both options can be unsafe and inadequate for students to learn and thrive.

Our school recovery programs aim to provide disaster-resilient learning environments for students around the world. Not only do we provide safe spaces to learn but we also focus on restoring school campuses to their full capacity.

The type of disaster, damage sustained and the country we are working in will determine the extent of the school recovery program. We work alongside the community and governing bodies to provide the best option/s, which may include repairing, rebuilding and retrofitting.

School Repairs 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 Retrofits are where our team will take existing structures and engineer them to be resilient to future disasters. Some typical elements of a retrofit include structural improvements, such as reinforcing concrete, strengthening the masonry, replacing walls and fortifying the roof structure. 

School Rebuilds entail the ground-up construction of permanent structures such as classrooms, office, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities, kitchen, computer lab, retaining walls and playgrounds. 

We know the journey from disaster to recovery is more than replacing infrastructure. In addition to the physical rebuild of school campuses, our staff and volunteers undertake the implementation of renewal projects such as WASH education, Disaster Risk Reduction, construction skills training and installation of Educational Technology. This list is non-exhaustive, tailored to empower vulnerable communities to further strengthen the resilience of the school and community. 

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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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