PNOLA 2011

I’m so excited to go on an AB trip this year! In the winter I’ll be volunteering
with the Phoenix of New Orleans (PNOLA) for a second time. Last year, I went into complete beast mode and built 15 walls!!! OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I did put up sheetrock for two walls and a closet. It’s harder than it sounds, but I digress.

When I first went to New Orleans I didn’t know what to expect, and wasn’t quite
prepared for the level of poverty that still permeates the city. It had been five years since Hurricane Katrina and there was still so much to be done. While the trip was difficult at times, I’ll never forget the experiences I had or the friendships I made. I think the best part was actually witnessing the change you made. Usually in service things are a lot more abstract; this can be frustrating for those who lack patience (i.e. me). In New Orleans I knew I was making a difference.

This year I’ll go into the trip with a better understanding of the issues; I’m eager to see the progress that has been made since my last visit. I’ll never truly know the arduous hurdles the victims of Katrina have faced. But I do know that through service, we can turn a story of loss into one of redemption. There is still so much sorrow left in the rubble, but the triumphant spirit of the people overpowers it. Together we will rebuild New Orleans!

Visit their website at: http://pnola.org/

Author: Essete Workneh

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