New Orleans: 5 Years Later

Today marks the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. Even after so long, only about 5,000 of the 200,000 homes have been rebuilt. Traveling to LA in March to volunteer with a group of students has opened my eyes to the reality that the people of New Orleans face everyday. There is so much work left to do, but the people of Louisiana keep their spirits up, allowing their strong faith to keep them going. We heard tragic stories and saw devastated neighborhoods, but we met the most hospitable, warm, friendly, and strong people everywhere we went. Our hosts welcomed us with open arms and treated us like family.
During our trip, we were fortunate enough to explore the city of New Orleans a few times. The food in the French Quarter, the liveliness of Bourbon Street, and the beauty of Lake Pontchartrain are memories I will never forget. I hope to one day, have the opportunity to go back and see this amazing city rebuilt, once and for all.
Below are some images of our volunteer group working and exploring in NOLA.


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