Happy Hearts Fund
|Founder & Chair||Petra Němcová|
|Executive Director.||Sue Veres Royal|
Happy Hearts Fund rebuilds schools in areas impacted by natural disasters.
Petra Němcová visited Thailand a few months after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami where she witnessed families without homes, children without parents and entire communities swept away. Němcová set out to create Happy Hearts Fund upon her return to the United States. It received its 501(c)3 status in 2006.
Happy Hearts Fund initiatives are focused on bridging the gap between emergency post-disaster relief and fully restored infrastructure. While disaster relief meets immediate needs for food, shelter, water and disease control, it can be some time before governments start the process of rebuilding infrastructure and that creates a gap in the recovery process. It is during this gap that Happy Hearts Fund steps in to help rebuild.
Happy Hearts Fund programs have three key components: education, technology and sustainability.
- Education - Happy Hearts Fund identifies schools in areas adversely affected by natural disasters and builds or rebuilds them allowing children to start the healing and recovery process.
- Technology - Within each school, Happy Hearts Fund establishes a computer lab with the needed software, hardware and training in order to create more opportunities for children to have better education and employment options.
- Sustainability - Happy Hearts Fund aims to create independence through its sustainability initiatives. Happy Hearts Fund incubates and fosters a community-oriented business as a programmatic companion to the new schools, thereby :ensuring a long-term funding stream for the maintenance and development of the school, and, by extension, the community.
Globally, Happy Hearts Fund is active in nine countries and has built/rebuilt 92 schools and kindergartens. Since inception their programs have benefited more than 46,000 children and 490,000 community members.