2022 Project Story: Bayou

New Orleans is a unique American city with a blend of cultural influences from France, Spain, West Africa, and the Caribbean that creates a rich history of traditions like Mardi Gras, Jazz music, food, and art. They live by the motto “laissez des bons temps rouler,” meaning “let the good times roll.” Yet, this mindset often masks the larger problems facing the community. Louisiana consistently ranks lowest in the nation when it comes to infrastructure, criminal justice, job development, education, and health care.

In the last few years, Hurricanes Ida and Katrina have caused serious damage to Louisianan infrastructure. Ida was the second strongest hurricane in state history, and although Katrina happened 17 years ago, the city is still recovering from the disastrous effects. In New Orleans, 24% of residents live below the poverty line, and an additional 33% reported that they struggle daily to make ends meet. These residents are extremely vulnerable, living one economic downturn, medical emergency, or natural disaster from falling into serious poverty.

This summer, HumanitarianXP Builders will be partnering with Rebuilding Together to provide disaster relief for hurricane victims in the greater New Orleans area. We are excited to help support the community and Rebuilding Together’s mission by “repairing homes, revitalizing communities, [and] rebuilding lives.” Rebuilding communities stimulates growth and helps those affected by disaster get back on their feet and move forward towards a better future.

Source: HandsOn New Orleans