British Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief
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Program Summary

On September 6, 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Irma made landfall in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) leaving catastrophic damage in its wake. Almost two weeks later, on September 19, Category 4 Hurricane Maria also affected BVI. Thanks to a record-breaking donation from our partner, Norweigan Cruise Line Holdings, LTD, we have launched a program in Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands.

To date, our teams’ efforts have been focused towards assisting disaster-impacted schools on the island of Tortola.

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Program Work

The educational facilities on the island of Tortola were impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We are currently focused on restoring these damaged education facilities on the island.

Implementing renewal projects

Since volunteers live in the communities where they work, they may see needs within a community and recommend solutions to address them. On Tortola, traditional after-school activities having been interrupted due to the hurricanes. In response, we launched an art program which encourages local students to explore different types of art including sculpture, graffiti, and traditional media. We also partnered with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and UNICEF to provide events for students from the Elmore Stoutt High School.

Implementing renewal projects

Since volunteers live in the communities where they work, they may see needs within a community and recommend solutions to address them. On Tortola, traditional after-school activities having been interrupted due to the hurricanes. In response, we launched an art program which encourages local students to explore different types of art including sculpture, graffiti, and traditional media. We also partnered with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and UNICEF to provide events for students from the Elmore Stoutt High School.

Repairing schools

School repairs may include repairing the damaged roof, doors, ceiling, wall, crown-moulding of schools that were affected by the disaster. These schools may be structurally sound, but with may have water, mold, or other damages. At the Ivan Dawson Primary School, our objective is to resolve the flooding and structural issues. Work involves repairing and waterproofing roofs, stripping and repainting each classroom, increasing the floor level by 6”, and improving the draining system.

Repairing schools

School repairs may include repairing the damaged roof, doors, ceiling, wall, crown-moulding of schools that were affected by the disaster. These schools may be structurally sound, but with may have water, mold, or other damages. At the Ivan Dawson Primary School, our objective is to resolve the flooding and structural issues. Work involves repairing and waterproofing roofs, stripping and repainting each classroom, increasing the floor level by 6”, and improving the draining system.

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Repairing and rebuilding roofs

Roofing is often one of the greatest needs after a disaster. All Hands and Hearts removes and replaces damaged roofs that were impacted by a disaster, uses materials and construction techniques to help the home be more resilient to future disasters. Specifically, in the British Virgin Islands, we are installing new roofs at the Wonder Years Day Care & Pre School, the Rainbow Transitional Home and Autism Centre, and we are repairing the roof at the Ivan Dawson Primary School.

Group of Volunteers in US Virgin Islands USVI St. Thomas St. John

Repairing and rebuilding roofs

Roofing is often one of the greatest needs after a disaster. All Hands and Hearts removes and replaces damaged roofs that were impacted by a disaster, uses materials and construction techniques to help the home be more resilient to future disasters. Specifically, in the British Virgin Islands, we are installing new roofs at the Wonder Years Day Care & Pre School, the Rainbow Transitional Home and Autism Centre, and we are repairing the roof at the Ivan Dawson Primary School.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Roger

Roger from Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a volunteer in Tortola (BVI) and 77 years young.

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Reclaiming Education in Tortola

Tortola resident Betty describes her experience of working with All Hands and Hearts Volunteers in her hurricane recovery process.

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