Australia Bushfire Relief | No Program Fee

Country: Australia
Organization: All Hands and Hearts
Closing date: 23 Aug 2021

Bushfires began in Australia in August 2019 and in early November they spread throughout New South Wales (NSW) due to high temperatures and prolonged drought. In early December 2019, the fires spread to Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, and in early January 2020, to the Australian Capital Territory. The fires burned over 27 million acres across Australia, with approximately 3,102 homes destroyed, including over 2,300 homes in New South Wales (ECHO Jan 31).

All Hands and Hearts has launched an Australia Bushfire Relief Program aimed at helping the communities of New South Wales recover from the devastation of the widespread bushfires over a year ago. Volunteers will be building sheds and toilet flatpack kits on the properties of landowners who still do not have sufficient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) facilities. Working with our trained staff and the community in which we serve, volunteers will also be doing internal cladding and fit-out, installing water tanks, and completing various construction tasks around the properties.

Our Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) completed in-depth, ground assessments of two areas of South Australia (Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills). Simultaneously, we performed remote outreach and assessments of affected areas in Victoria and New South Wales (NSW). In November 2020, following our COVID-19 operational suspension, we re-established contact with local partners, and we are re-assessing the needs in both Kangaroo Island and in southern NSW, the worst affected region. All of this with the goal of engaging in environmental protection and livelihood support as originally planned.

Due to current travel restrictions, this opportunity is only available to individuals who are in Australia or New Zealand.

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