February 16, 2012
My first experience with All Hands was as a volunteer in Haiti in 2008, following devastating mud slides in the City of Gonaives. All Hands made the opportunity to volunteer easier than any volunteer organization I have previously volunteered to assist. My only out of pocket expense was travel to and from the site. All Hands fed, housed and transported me throughout my service. I was also not required to commit to any period of volunteer service. As a result, I found it simple to pick dates to serve that did not conflict with my schedule at home. I began working within two hours of my arrival at the All Hands site. The project was so well organized that we were prepared to work effectively from the moment of our arrival. I have volunteered with All Hands six times since then, all in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake. By the end of our second year, we were near the completion of the construction of 20 schools. We were constructing and distributing bio-sand water purification filters throughout the community. In addition, we were training local volunteers to continue these projects beyond the date of our departure. Many of our local volunteers entered a training program established by All Hands teaching construction techniques, computer training, basic business accounting methods, and a variety of other subjects. All Hands assisted the local government in Leogane in basic adminstrative practices and office organization. Additionally, All Hands established a joint logistics base at its site, enabling other non governmental organizations like the World Food Program, Community Housing, and others to store and secure their supplies and equipment. All Hands also makes very efficient use of each donated dollar, insuring that donations are applied effectively for their intended purpose.
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