Tragedy over triumph: Man started organization to help disaster victims following 2004 tsunami

ABC News' Janine Elliot catches up with David Campbell, the founder of All Hands Volunteers, an organization assisting hurricane victims.
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The story this morning of a man initially inspired to help disaster victims. After an earthquake induced Simonyi and he's now reminding us of the many thousands of people who need serious help. In the wake of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma here's ABC's Jane Elliott. In 2004 David Campbell is on the verge of retiring from his career as a technology executive. That was until disaster struck or. On December 26 2004. Magnitude nine point one I think if anything Pinochet years in each. The quake generated a massive seen on anything more than 230000. Lives in fourteen different countries. Though Campbell had no volunteer experience he traveled to Thailand in early 2005 to lend a hand. But was supposed to be a short trip I thought I was going for ten days turned into the beginning of a new career devoted to helping people recover from devastation. While in Thailand Campbell became the founder pants on Thailand or. The organization brought over to engine volunteers and several 100000 dollars to assist rebuilding efforts to cap. In 2005 colony devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina Campbell incorporated what is now known as all hands volunteers. Since then the organization has made for more than 39000 volunteers. Impacting 500000 people worldwide. Most recently helping residents in Texas following hurricane heart. One of the phrases we use it we try to get in early and stay late. He's on the recovery period after disasters is underserved and whether that's. You know building schools in Nepal today two years after the earthquake their 2015. Or in Houston after Harvey we've initially made the commitment we're gonna stay more than two years. Campbell says the residents in Houston have banded together and help speed up their responses. Though there's still a great deal of work he's done. Of all the B a lot of talk about funding and there will be substantial funding. There are going to be units of a 100000. Families won't receive enough funds to have their homes restored and will be working. Trying to develop a home. Recovery restoration program. To serve some of those people who frequent lower incomes and special needs that. He helped Harvey we've really went all out to have a really strong response for hurry now we're. Determining how we can eloquent yet as such we have to help as best we can have. World a group small hands volunteers arrived in the US Virgin Islands late last week to begin their assessment of the damage caused by hurricane Irma. Now as residents deal with more bad weather. Campbell is calling on thousands of volunteers to lend their some. Fort there will be people recovering from these storms five in ten years from now there will be. Permanent loss pale our job is to be games to try to minimize that and frankly give people an funds flowing in these communities to help them now. For the direct economic impact and physical impact but also for the psychological effect people here people are coming. People are here to help. And Nancy Jennings you're with us now an amazing organization. So what do people do think you want to help. I didn't have a website has stuck or and that will help facilitate used to any of the locations of their working in right now. Bill place you or you can choose yourself it's up to you but once you get there are you need do is pay for a year I'm transportation there and then not the handle everything after that who rely watching. For lack of better term I guess it's sort of like a disaster tourism sort of thing for many people in a way to go there and help as well yes absolutely want to help and they don't know how to go about doing this that this seems to be a good way to fast track where they trade to be.

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