Happy Hearts Fund
Happy Hearts Fund rebuilds safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters.The organization works during the gap period when children are forgotten after emergency response is complete, bringing hope and empowerment to generations of children and entire communities. Happy Hearts Fund is active in 10 countries and has rebuilt 130 schools that were damaged or destroyed by natural disasters.
The non-profit organization was founded by philanthropist and international supermodel Petra Nemcova after she survived the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a school within the Alangalang distrcit was completley destroyed. Additionally, in April 2015, the nine-classroom Kalika secondary school in Halde Village, Nuwakot, Nepal was destroyed by the Gorkha earthquake, the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in 80 years. This disaster left the 425 studends who attended the school with no where to go.
The Happy Hearts Fund's goal in both cases was to build back better schools that withstand disaster and involved the community in school construction and operation.
The Happy Hearts Fund moved quickly in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, directed by Petra Nemcova and her remarkable team, to commence re-building efforts in affected areas with an aim to provide local children a safe haven for education, and foster community oriented businesses in a sustainable manner. In partnership with the Happy Hearts Fund 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, which is scheduled for completion in 2016.
When Happy Hearts rebuilds schools, a ripple effect carries over to and strengthens entire communities. Families often move closer to the schools, and this increase in local population creates economic growth.