Friday, August 27, 2010

Lowernine.org

Lowernine.org is a charitable organisation dedicated to rebuilding the ravaged Lower Ninth-Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana which due to its proximity to the Industrial Canal levee breach, was one of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Lowernine.org are aiming for a holistic rebuilding of a community, through such projects as a home rebuilding training program whereby essential skills such as carpentry, electrics and plumbing allow neighbours to work together to build a safer, greener and cleaner area for them and their children. In addition to rebuilding houses, new projects such as the community garden overcome logistical issues such as a lack of amenities in the area as a result of the widespread devastation. This kind of grassroots development demonstrates how in the face of disaster, communities can change for the better.