"It’s 6:45. Meet your team. Puerto Rico needs you!“ It’s sunny morning at the base and Jenn, Volunteer Coordinator of All Hands and Hearts in Yabucoa, makes sure that everyone gets ready for a new day of power washing, mold removal and sanitation, painting and roof fixing.
Yabucoa, is the place where hurricane Maria first made landfall in September 2017. In this small municipal area alone over 37.000 residents have been affected by the hurricane that is now regarderd the worst natural disaster in the history of the caribbean island. Even one year after Maria, hundreds of homes are still in need of basic roof repair.
The volunteer-powered NGO All Hands and Hearts ist specialized on international disaster relief and committed to address the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural catastrophes. The aim is to stay until schools and homes are rebuilt in a disaster-resilient way. Therefor the organization pledged to maintain their base in Yabucoa until September 2019. Until then volunteers from around the world will start their day at 6:45 because Puerto Rico needs them.