Helping to Rebuild New Orleans
October 15, 2008
In this first segment, we talk to members of Lehman's Leaders Involved for Everyone—the aptly named LIFE club—who traveled this past spring to New Orleans to help those in need.
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This is Elias Alcantara of the Lehman class of 2008. In this first segment, we talk to members of Lehman's Leaders Involved for Everyone—the aptly named LIFE club—who traveled this past spring to New Orleans to help those in need. Here, students Shomari Brown, Edward Gonzalez and Alisia Cordero talk about their experience working with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The Director of Community Service told me about the opportunity to go and help and do community service outside of New York, which is something I've been looking forward to doing for a long time. I've been involved with the community in the South Bronx doing community service and helping the youth out there, and I said I want to try something different. I want to make a bigger impact somewhere else.
Going to New Orleans, it was a place I'd never been before, and especially knowing the history of what happened down there. After Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to, you know, help, instead of just give my money to someone.
I saw that the government had little influence on New Orleans' recovery. So, instead of me just sitting down, just watching TV, seeing what's happening in the news, I wanted to go down there.
Getting off the plane, you're just shocked because as you're driving from the airport to your work site, you see dozens and dozens of empty homes, abundant buildings, restaurants that used to be there.
You meet a lot of students who have the same passion. They want to help. And it was a good experience. I learned a lot. It was emotional as you see a lot of destruction, but at the same time everybody there is willing to help, and at the end, you see the progress and everything you do throughout that week.
When we got there, pretty much the frame work had been done. So, all we did was pick up from that. And when we started it was just the frame, but by the time we left, we had the walls up somewhat, and we had started on the roof.
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