The lives of co-founders David Campbell and Petra Nemcova were changed forever by the 2004 Thailand Tsunami.
David Campbell heard about the devastating tsunami and jumped on a plane to offer his extensive expertise gained as a former CEO of BBN Technologies, ultimately starting what is now All Hands Volunteers in 2005.
Petra Nemcova herself was swept away by the tsunami and survived by clinging to a tree for eight hours. This experience led to the establishment of the Happy Hearts Fund in 2005.
In the Fall of 2017, these two organizations announced the merger to form All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. Together, we will focus on delivering a Smart Response to those reeling from disaster both domestically and internationally.
All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, we rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes and other community infrastructure.
Through volunteer and community engagement we aim to help families recover faster after natural disasters using our “smart response” strategy – by rebuilding in a disaster resilient way we prepare them for future events and, through the process, strengthen both volunteers and communities.
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Official Website: https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/