Well, it’s time for me to leave town and get back to Colombia to prepare for my overseas voyage at the end of the month. It’s hard to leave considering how important I feel this work has been, and also because I’ve met some incredible people while volunteering with All Hands. When I arrived the team here had only had a couple of days to get organized to do some assessments and plan projects, and they did a great job. Usually they don’t start working with volunteers so quickly, but due to the great need in the area they made an exception. I was fortunate to experience what disaster relief looks like in the initial stages, with only 12 other people, most of whom were experienced volunteers or professionals, many coming straight from Kathmandu. It was amazing to hear their stories and learn from them, as initially, there were only 3 of us in the group who had never been in a disaster zone before.
In the last 10 or so days we’ve helped with demolition of buildings, rebuilt temporary structures for displaced people, and have worked to set up the base where we camp (me in my hammock), so that for the next several months the project can continue, and accommodate more and more people.
The work All Hands is doing here is good stuff. If you might be inspired to give a couple bucks to the cause, all of us and those we are working for would be exceptionally grateful. Check out my donation page here: http://www.classy.org/Dinero. Anything helps, even if it doesn’t seem like a lot. The organization makes money go a long way to help those who need it most. Gracias, gracias, gracias! ❤