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Joie Jager-Hyman
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
2 Comments | posted April 13th, 2007 at 07:28 pm by Joie Jager-Hyman


Over a year and a half after the levees were breeched in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this is what you see when driving through much of New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish (I took these pictures myself). Once vibrant neighborhoods now look like eerie ghost towns with an occasional construction site sprouting up from the wreckage as a reminder that there are families who still yearn, in spite of everything, to return home.

Government has failed these people at all levels. Amazingly, local citizens and charity organizations have risen up to help put communities, schools and homes back together.

What can you do? Here are some organizations that are doing really good work (some of which are public/private partnerships):
Greater New Orleans Foundation
New Schools for New Orleans
Unified New Orleans Plan
Foundations for New Orleans

For the time being, at least, the responsibility for rebuilding the Gulf Region lies in all of us.
If you have additional recommendations for how we can contribute to this cause, please share them.

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  1. thanks

    I can’t believe those pictures were taken so recently. Thank you for making sure that we don’t forget about what happened in New Orleans, and for providing useful information about what we can do to help.

    April 14th, 2007 | 9:26 am
  2. Joie Jager-Hyman


    thanks for thanking me! I really think that one of the reasons more hasn’t been done to rebuild the Gulf Region is that the media has eased up on its coverage. When I got down to New Orleans, I was absolutely not prepared for what I saw. Driving around and getting a small sense of what these good people have been through, I kept thinking “what can I do to help?”

    I am always looking for more ways to get involved and good sources of information. So, if anyone has any leads, please share them! Thoughts, feelings etc. are worth sharing as well. It is almost impossible to make sense of this American tragedy alone.

    April 14th, 2007 | 11:09 am

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