Caroline Scheufele and Petra Nemcova collaborate to support All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response through a special edition of the Happy Hearts Collection
In 2005, Petra Nemcova founded her charity, Happy Hearts Fund, with a mission to rebuild safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. Since its inception, Petra Nemcova has been involved on a daily basis. Her initial work in an executive capacity has helped establish the structure, vision, and strategy that positioned Happy Hearts Fund for long-term success. She has been the key motivation and drive behind the cause of rebuilding schools for children who tend to be forgotten after natural disasters due to lack of sustained response. Her self-understanding of the power of Mother Nature helps her connect with those in need of aid, empowerment, and hope after their lives have been shattered, as she was fortunate to survive, after having endured an almost fatal experience in the 2004 tsunami. “We can’t control nature, but we can control the actions we take”, adds Petra Nemcova. In the fall of 2017, Happy Hearts Fund merged with All Hands Volunteers to create All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response in order to efficiently and effectively address the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. All Hands and Hearts acts fast to provide first aid and stays on site to rebuild schools and homes in a disaster-resilient way. Globally, the charity has rebuilt 206 disaster-resilient schools, serving over 105,000 children in 11 countries.