Monday, January 02, 2006

A New Year in New Orleans

After being here in the "Big Easy" for over 24 hours, the group has not only been completely in awe of the utter destruction that is still apparent in Katrina's Wake 4 months post-hurricane, but we have been welcomed by the open arms of the wonderful people of New Orleans and the Louisiana area.

One vivid piece of imagery which sticks out vividly from today's events came when visiting the Lower 9th Ward, one of the areas hardest hit when the levees broke. Standing in the center of the foundation of a house which had once been there (and was nowhere to be found), I looked down only to see a child's bicycle, also ravaged by the storm. The "neighborhood" was no more and the one-time residents were left only to pick up pieces of their past lives. We are working not only to rebuild people's houses, but also their lives!

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