All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, we rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes and other community infrastructure.
Through community and volunteer engagement, we aim to help families recover faster after natural disasters using our “smart response” strategy. By rebuilding in a disaster resilient way, we prepare them for future events and, through the process, strengthen both volunteers and communities.
On September 7, 2017, one of the most lethal earthquakes in Mexican history, a devastating 8.2 magnitude quake hit close to the southern state of Chiapas. Just 12 days later and a few hundred miles away, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked central Mexico, toppling buildings, breaking gas mains, knocking out electricity and sparking fires across the city and other towns in central Mexico.
All Hands and Hearts identified one of the hardest hit communities, the small village of El Jicarero. Our team is on the ground and partnering with Happy Hearts Fund Mexico to reconstruct the Narciso Mendoza Primary school, which will include 6 new classrooms, WaSH facilities, a multi-purpose room and a computer lab, alongside landscaping and fencing for the school. The new classrooms will enable 151 current students and 400+ projected students over the next 10 years to move out of their temporary classrooms and back to school. This will be our tenth disaster resilient school rebuilt in Mexico.
In addition to working in this area, we have identified a great need in a small village called ‘Nicolás Bravo’, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Here, the earthquake created significant structural damage to the Vicente Guerrero Primary School. We will work to retrofit 6 classrooms, a computer lab and the library. Additionally, we will repair their WaSH facilities, perform electrical installations and rebuild the perimeter wall. Once complete, this school will enable 176 students to return to a safe and disaster-resilient learning environment.
Click here to apply for our Mexico program: http://bit.ly/IdealistMX
All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying our unique model of engaging…
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