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Program Summary 

Disaster Profile

On March 15, 2019,  Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Sofala Province, Mozambique. With sustained winds of up to 185 km/hour and torrential rains, Idai caused widespread destruction across parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. More than 400,000 individuals were displaced, over 200,000 homes were severely damaged or washed away, and a reported 4,222 classrooms were destroyed, impacting 336,125 students. Idai has been classified as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most devastating storms on record.

Our Work

Given the complexity of the situation, our data collection, ground assessments and extensive discussions with both local contacts and government confirmed we would be most effective performing recovery work. 

With support from our local and global partners, we’re expanding our international recovery programs and have committed to rebuilding two schools in Sofala, the most affected province in Mozambique. Working closely with the local communities, we’ll be constructing new, disaster resilient classrooms, an office space and improved WaSH facilities for each school. We’re also exploring opportunities to increase our impact, in the education and health sectors.

After months of intense groundwork, we opened our Mozambique Cyclone Recovery Program in the Nhamatanda District to volunteers on November 18th. A traditional ceremony was held at our first school site (Harruma) with the local chief and community members arriving to bless the first post as it was cemented in place.

To date, the school building foundations have been completed and 10% of the WaSH facilities are complete at Harrumua and Julius Nyerere schools. Wall and roofing work has also commenced and are 25% complete at both locations. 

In addition to our construction activities, our team has started developing local community projects based on assessments conducted over the last few months. A few projects we’re developing with two, local organizations include an agriculture/agro-business training initiative for community members at the Julius Nyerere Primary School and a school garden and WaSH program at the Harrumua Primary School. Our volunteers have also started providing English lessons for community members in Lamego, near our volunteer base, as well as weekly football and volleyball matches with kids in the Lamego community.  

All Hands and Hearts arrives early and stays until the job is done. The time to get involved is now!

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Program Work

Our team in Mozambique is working alongside the community to rebuild schools for local students. These schools will provide safe and disaster-resilient learning environments for students.

All Hands and Hearts base work

Base Work Base Work

Our bases are communal living spaces we strive to make feel like home for each and every volunteer. Every day, a group of volunteers are asked to remain on base for the day to perform a base clean up to ensure the living space remains a clean, tidy and welcoming environment. Additionally, we often request help for special projects from volunteers who possess unique skills; these may include translating, plumbing, electrical work, architectural expertise and more. By leveraging the skills of our volunteers, outside of the typical volunteer work, we are able to better support communities.

All Hands and Hearts base work

Base Work Base Work

Our bases are communal living spaces we strive to make feel like home for each and every volunteer. Every day, a group of volunteers are asked to remain on base for the day to perform a base clean up to ensure the living space remains a clean, tidy and welcoming environment. Additionally, we often request help for special projects from volunteers who possess unique skills; these may include translating, plumbing, electrical work, architectural expertise and more. By leveraging the skills of our volunteers, outside of the typical volunteer work, we are able to better support communities.

School Build School Build

Children may be placed in Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) for years after a disaster, if their school was damaged or completely destroyed by the impacts of the event. Together with our volunteers, we work to rebuild, repair or retrofit impacted schools, to ensure students are able to return to a clean, safe and disaster-resilient learning environment.

International volunteers rebuilding a school
International volunteers rebuilding a school

School Build School Build

Children may be placed in Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) for years after a disaster, if their school was damaged or completely destroyed by the impacts of the event. Together with our volunteers, we work to rebuild, repair or retrofit impacted schools, to ensure students are able to return to a clean, safe and disaster-resilient learning environment.

All Hands and Hearts Renewal Projects

Renewal Projects Renewal Projects

Disasters not only impact the physical structures of a community but also disrupt daily living by impacting important cultural practices. By living amongst the communities we serve and becoming a part of them, we are able to identify new ways to help support communities in their recovery. Renewal projects may include: reconstruction of a baseball field within a community where baseball is a way of life, providing Disaster risk reduction training to community leaders or helping to organize community movie nights for children. Renewal projects aim to strengthen disaster-affected communities by equipping them to better handle future disasters, as well as helping to bring back a sense of normalcy, invariably leading to communities recovering faster and stronger.

All Hands and Hearts Renewal Projects

Renewal Projects Renewal Projects

Disasters not only impact the physical structures of a community but also disrupt daily living by impacting important cultural practices. By living amongst the communities we serve and becoming a part of them, we are able to identify new ways to help support communities in their recovery. Renewal projects may include: reconstruction of a baseball field within a community where baseball is a way of life, providing Disaster risk reduction training to community leaders or helping to organize community movie nights for children. Renewal projects aim to strengthen disaster-affected communities by equipping them to better handle future disasters, as well as helping to bring back a sense of normalcy, invariably leading to communities recovering faster and stronger.

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