September 2017 – Present / British Virgin Islands
Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria bombarded the British Virgin Islands with the strongest winds in recorded history – the power of the wind was so strong that it decimated the beautiful islands causing extensive damage to homes, schools, community facilities, telecommunications and utilities across the islands. All Hands and Hearts has now launched a program to bring help and hope to impacted children on the island of Tortola. We are beginning work to help damaged education facilities get up and running as soon as possible.
ALL HANDS VOLUNTEERS AT WORK
To date, our teams’ efforts have been focused towards assisting disaster-impacted schools on the island of Tortola.
As Elmore Stoutt High School is the only public high school on the island, we have worked hard to help gut the building, in order to ensure that the rebuilding process will be more effective and efficient. Efforts have included removing a large amount of damaged window as well as taking down the ceiling tiles from every classroom.
Additionally, our teams have working on 3 additional education facilities. At Wonder Years preschool, volunteers have worked to Demo an unsafe room and are in the process of rebuilding the roof for the whole building, whilst at Little Litehouse Child Learning Centre, volunteers rebuilt a wall and fence to keep the students safe. In addition to this, our volunteers have worked hard to clear debris from the basketball court and changing rooms at Joyce Samuels Primary School.
Additionally, volunteers rallied together to help communities rebuild after the disaster. Volunteers clear away debris in an 83-year-old Tortola residents’ home as well as helping to remove fallen trees from another home with the guidance of our chainsawing expert.
Through volunteer efforts, we have been able to move towards our mission of providing safe and resilient schools for children impacted by natural disasters.
RESULTS TO DATE
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