The Real World: New Orleans

16 Dec

New Orleans – I’m reflecting on the past four days of exhausting, physical exertions consisting of rebuilding houses.  Many people think that the work in New Orleans is finished since we see the Saints, Hornets, and Mardi Gras continuing with their regularly scheduled programs.  There is so much more work to be done here.  There are entire neighborhoods (mostly ours) that look like they belong in a third world country.  Nope, they’re right here in The United States of America.

This is my second time here to help the city rebuild, and I will say that it is a very rewarding experience because the people who have chosen to stay here are so resilient.  It really makes you step back and thank God for His blessings. This city has been through so much, but the culture still runs through its veins.  No matter what gets thrown at New Orleans, somehow, its inhabitants withstand it.  Unfortunately, a lot of people never came back after the storm, as evidenced by these…

This is a familiar site, even five years after Katrina.  This house belongs to someone who has since moved on.  If you look closely, you will see that the markings on the door still remain.  This is what was left behind by rescue workers who went door to door looking for bodies.

This is an image that probably brings me back to New Orleans to help rebuild.  They seem simple and out of place, but these are steps to a home that no longer stands.

How’s this for a haunting image?  Keep in mind that over 5 years have passed since Katrina hit.  That hole in the roof was made by a family trying to escape from the rising waters.

And this is where the levee broke…

So what’s your point, Realist?  Why are you blogging about New Orleans?  They’ve rebuilt and everything’s back to normal.  Wrong.  I’m writing about this simply to say that the city still needs help and a lot of helping hands.  I thank God that my eyes have been opened to this situation.  I’m thankful that God has allowed me to go back and help someone return home to New Orleans.

This is the organization that we work under while we are there.  If you’re interested in donating money or your time, I highly suggest looking into the St. Bernard Project.

“We’re not looking for handouts.  We’re just looking for a helping hand.” -Anonymous


1 Comment

Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Random


One response to “The Real World: New Orleans

  1. Typo-Critical

    December 19, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    This was an amazing post; the pictures really do tell a story that your words cannot. I think a lot of people have very much forgotten about Katrina-affected Louisiana just because it’s no longer as visual/not on the news. I know it has to be an incredible experience just being there and helping to rebuild the community. Eventually, one day, I’d like to go out myself and volunteer with a Katrina rebuilding project. But I admire the work that you’re doing and am glad you’re keeping people aware. Because (the effects of) Katrina ain’t dead at all.


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