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.
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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