Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lower Nine

Hi Danielle;

Here’s what could do with $2.00…

3/4 of a gallon of gas (which must be at least 12 miles of driving in one of our vehicles…in a two square mile area of the city, that’s a fair distance!)
20 carpenters pencils
1 roll of off-brand duct tape
tax on the monthly electric bill
two rally burgers (but only tuesdays and thursdays...)

And here’s what does every day… is dedicated to training residents and volunteers in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the numerous skills necessary to bring this century-old historic neighborhood back to life in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These skills run the gamut from basic to advanced house construction and rebuilding, but also include community gardening projects, emotional and social support services, social outreach and community development. We offer our services to all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, physical abilities, religious beliefs or economic status.

The Lower Ninth Ward, due to its proximity to the Industrial Canal levee breach, was one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the New Orleans area. Rebuilding in the Lower Nine has lagged behind that of other neighborhoods as a result of poverty, the scale of the devastation and local, state and federal government inaction., in collaboration with Emergency Communities and other organizations working in the neighborhood, will be expanding upon its already established home rebuilding/skills training program, and providing access to counseling services and basic medical care, as a first step toward establishing a holistic approach to resurrecting the neighborhood.


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