All Hands and Hearts

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 their unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, they rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes and other community infrastructure. Through volunteer and community engagement they aim to help families recover faster after natural disasters using their “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.


Fast Fact

The non-profit organization was co-founded by philanthropist and international supermodel Petra Nemcova after she survived the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

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The Objective

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, they now focus on delivering a Smart Response to those reeling from disaster both domestically and internationally.

The Impact

In partnership with All Hands and Hearts and the Philam foundation, The Travel Corporation (TTC) contributed US$40,000 towards the re-building of the Alangalang school. The re-building project was successfully completed by October of 2015, and coincided with the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan. 

In the case of the Kalika Secondary School in Nepal, TreadRight and Adventure World have donated US$30,000 to assist in the construction of a new school.


Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova co-founded All Hands and Hearts to restore hope and opportunity to children affected by natural disasters.
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