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Temporary Program Suspension

HEALTH AND SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT – COVID 19

We have suspended operations for at least two months at locations around the world in response to the global threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This proactive measure is intended to minimize the risk COVID-19 poses to staff, volunteers and the people within the communities we serve; the health and safety of our All Hands and Hearts’ community is our foremost priority. We remain committed to finishing the work we began, once the global situation stabilizes. 

PUERTO RICO HURRICANE RELIEF

Disaster Profile: Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Puerto Rico with the strongest winds the island has ever seen. Not long after, Hurricane Maria’s ferocious 155 mph winds struck the island, leaving a trail of destruction. Maria first made landfall over the municipality of Yabucoa, impacting more than 37,000 residents; this area bore the strongest brunt of the storm, where hundreds of homes still need basic roof repairs today. The interior of the island, the mountain municipality of Barranquitas, was also devastated by the storm and became nearly inaccessible for weeks due to landslides. Moreover, the city of Toa Baja suffered flooding from the hurricane itself, in addition to the subsequent release of dams, resulting in floodwaters over 10 feet high.

H2: Program Work: Temporary Suspension 

Our Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief program is currently on hold. We have suspended all operations, in response to the global COVID-19 situation, to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. 

Teams have been working hard on home build activities and ensuring families have water-proof, hurricane-resistant roofs to weather any potential storms; our senior technical advisor has played a fundamental role in developing best practices in the field and has enabled us to expand our scope of work to include repairing corrugated galvanized iron roofs and creating Standard Operating Procedures for concrete roofing.

We have also restored community centers, parks and baseball fields to bring back a sense of normalcy to the community. The Mendez Baseball field was home to the Little League World Series (Caribbean Region)and it was sadly destroyed after Hurricane Maria. Thanks to our incredible staff, volunteers and donors the beloved Mendez baseball field has been repaired and restored.

Earthquake Support

Disaster Profile: Puerto Rico Earthquake

Since late December, more than two thousand earthquakes have occurred in southern Puerto Rico. Many of these earthquakes were magnitude 4+, including a 5.8 on January 6th and a 6.4 on January 7th — the most damaging earthquake to Puerto Rico in over a century. Aftershocks have been occurring regularly since a 5.9 earthquake occurred on January 11th, however, these have reduced in frequency.

H2: Program Work: Temporary Suspension 

Our Puerto Rico Earthquake support efforts are currently on hold. We have suspended all operations, in response to the global COVID-19 situation, to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. 

Given the number of NGOs currently assisting with the response, our team made the decision not to open a new program at this time. Instead, we developed a satellite project, partnering with World Central Kitchen to provide food to affected communities. Groups of All Hands and Hearts volunteers have been working alongside World Central Kitchen, as they are serving more than 10,000 meals per day to impacted community members. Additionally, we have supported Brigada de Todxs in constructing sleeping cots for those currently living in community camps. When operations commence, we will continue to work with local communities and partner organizations to determine where else we can assist. 

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Program Work

Thanks to critical support from partners, donors, local community, and volunteers from around the world, we have been able to run impactful programs in Puerto Rico since January 2018. Our work in Yabucoa continues as we strive to support the community on their long road to recovery.

Home BuildsHome Builds

Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

Home BuildsHome Builds

Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting
All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

Mold SanitationMold Sanitation

Mold sanitation is the process of using chemicals and equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers and fans to eradicate abnormal mold and mildew growth. This process dries the structure, controls humidity and reduces the moisture content of structural components prior to repairing or rebuilding.

Mold SanitationMold Sanitation

Mold sanitation is the process of using chemicals and equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers and fans to eradicate abnormal mold and mildew growth. This process dries the structure, controls humidity and reduces the moisture content of structural components prior to repairing or rebuilding.

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A dry home

All Hands and Hearts volunteers help to fix the roof for Juan Ignacio Capilla [79] and his mother Francisca [93] after Hurricane Maria.

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Frank Giustra, CEO of The Fiore Group and founder of The Radcliffe Foundation believes that we all seek purpose in our lives but that a vehicle for that seems to be lacking in our society. Through his philanthropic work, Frank has been able to fill this void and inspire others to do the same.

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