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Disaster Profile

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu; the worst of its kind in more than 80 years. More than 9,000 people lost their lives, a further 23,000 were injured and there was major destruction of homes infrastructure. The earthquake resulted in more than 5,000 schools being damaged or completely destroyed. On May 12, 2015, a second 7.3 earthquake struck the country, causing further devastation and loss of lives. 72 hours after the first earthquake, we were on the ground assisting the affected communities. As of July 2019, there are 1,819 schools remaining for reconstruction.

Our Work

After more than four years in Nepal, we’ve impacted 22,000+ lives through our relief efforts—putting families back in homes and children back in schools in the districts of Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli and Nuwakot. The Nepali people are still in dire need of support and children are still unable to go to school or are attending unsafe, temporary schools. 

In October 2019, our team returned to Nepal to continue work on another three schools –– Shree Manakamana Basic School, Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School and Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School. 

Makwanpur Program 

Our team is constructing two new buildings at Manakamana Basic School. Work is progressing well on both buildings and volunteers are working hard to provide safe, disaster-resilient learning facilities for the Manakamana students.  

We’ve also completed a community-led project that aims to address the severe shortage of water in the community. Two water tanks, each with a capacity of twenty thousand liters, have been built and the team has started work on a fifty thousand liter water retention tank at the school.

Marin Program

Work is also underway on our second Nepal base,  within the Marin Rural Municipality. 

Here we will work on the Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi and Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi schools. 

We have a highly experienced team of construction and engineering specialists working on all of our school rebuild sites in Nepal, to ensure they are built to the highest standards.

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

The Nepali people are still in dire need of support and children are still unable to go to school or are attending unsafe, temporary schools. In October 2019, our team returned to Nepal to continue work on another three schools –– Shree Manakamana Basic School, Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School and Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School.

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.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure. This step is considered complete when all items to be discarded have been removed from the property being worked on and any remaining undamaged items are salvaged and placed in a safe location. For information on removal of items within the structure, see mucking and gutting.

All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal
All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure. This step is considered complete when all items to be discarded have been removed from the property being worked on and any remaining undamaged items are salvaged and placed in a safe location. For information on removal of items within the structure, see mucking and gutting.

All Hands and Hearts Demolition and Deconstruction

Demolition and Deconstruction Demolition and Deconstruction

After a disaster event, there might be a wide range of structures that are safety hazards to the general public and need to be demolished. Demolition focuses on bringing the structure all the way to the ground and clearing the space for rebuild work to begin by the appropriate entity. Deconstruction aims to carefully take apart partially collapsed buildings and clear the area for rebuilding. Materials that can be reused are salvaged to contribute towards reconstruction.

All Hands and Hearts Demolition and Deconstruction

Demolition and Deconstruction Demolition and Deconstruction

After a disaster event, there might be a wide range of structures that are safety hazards to the general public and need to be demolished. Demolition focuses on bringing the structure all the way to the ground and clearing the space for rebuild work to begin by the appropriate entity. Deconstruction aims to carefully take apart partially collapsed buildings and clear the area for rebuilding. Materials that can be reused are salvaged to contribute towards reconstruction.

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