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All hands and hearts cleaning up ESHS

This volunteer from All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response is captured by BVI News doing work at Elmore Stoutt High School in Road Town.

A 15-member volunteer team from All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response is currently on a mission to get the Elmore Stoutt High School campus ready for the government to start reconstruction.

The educational institution was hit hard by the recent hurricanes and is now in need of a major overhaul.

Project Coordinator of All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, Mitch Lederman told BVI News that his team is working six days a week to clean up debris from damaged ceilings, broken windows and doors, etcetera.

“We are basically trying to get it to the stage where the contractors can come in the next few months and reinstall everything new in the hopes that it is ready for school next September,” Lederman said.

The project manager said the volunteer team started in January and is hoping to complete clearing debris by next month. He is hoping to meet the target with help from local volunteers.

Members of All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response pause work at Elmore Stoutt High for a BVI News photo.

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response addresses the immediate and long-term needs of countries impacted by natural disasters. They are funded by donors.

Other targets locally

Lederman said there are other local projects the team plans to target such as the repairing roofs for the Rainbow Children’s and the Wonder Years Daycare & Preschool Centre, which are both located in Lower Estate.

Those roofs were blown off during the hurricanes.

The volunteer team is also hoping to undertake remedial works at the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre in John’s Hole and the Ivan Dawson Primary in Cane Garden Bay.

The team is currently camping at Nanny Cay on Tortola.

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  1. Thankful! says:

    Many thanks for your selflessness. You didn’t have to but you are! You are appreciated.

  2. Thank says:

    you All Hands and Hearts.

    For all Virgin Islanders, we thank you whole heartedly for your volunteerism to our country and education system.

    A hearty thanks also to the electricity crews that came in and performed the most fantastic job of power re-installation.

    Lastly. thank to our government for doing a wonderful job in post Irma recovery and reconstruction.

    Let,s give credit where it is due.

    May God bless each and all.

  3. Scary Mary says:

    Such wonderful, caring people. Thank you all ever so much. Even though it may not seem so, the work you are doing is greatly appreciated by the vast majority.

    Perhaps some day, our inflexibile government agencies will be fine tuned in order to accommodate and show appreciation for the kindnesses extended to our people by total strangers ~ with nothing but love, good will and fellowship in their hearts.

    Thank you for all you are doing from the bottom of my heart.

  4. Outsider says:

    Thank you for helping our islands!

  5. what a ting!! says:

    On behalf of all of the BVI, we express our heartfelt gratitude to you and your team for doing such a great job.Never mind the senseless, discourteous immigration policy. There are still grateful people in the BVI.Once again, you work is truly appreciated.

  6. WELSAH says:

    Why govt aint publicly thanked these folks

  7. Reason says:

    what needs to be done is that the high schools should put to the parents to volunteer to help and if there is volunteers that has trucks and backhoes to help with the carrying out of the stuff.

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