Gulf Coast Rebuilding in New Orleans


On August 28, 2005, Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to America's Gulf Coast region. This natural and man-made disaster displaced over one million people and destroyed or damaged 142,000 housing units in New Orleans. Participants will work with the St. Bernard Project which is a grassroots, nonprofit organization 

that provides rebuilding, financial and community support to families in St. Bernard Parish, LA. who were displaced and devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Their mission is to break down barriers that hinder families from returning to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project provides missing services to the community while connecting families to a larger integrated network of wrap-around services offered in the community. This approach recognizes the interdependent nature of housing, education and community building in the recovery process.


Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Travel to New Orleans; Visit French Quarter; See IMAX film "Hurricane on the Bayou"; Mother's Day parade

Day 2: Tour of French Quarter; Museum for "Katrina and Beyond" exhibit; Service project at Covenant House; Evening cultural activity

Day 3: Work day at Grow Dat Youth Farm; Driving tour of New Orleans

Day 4: Swamp tour; Concert in Lafayette Square

Day 5: Work day at St. Bernard's Project; Crawfish boil in Audubon Park

Day 6: Work day at St. Bernard's Project; Depart for Gettysburg

Project Leader:

Hi everyone! My name is Laila Mufty and I am a sophomore studying Environmental Biotechnology. I am from the Bay Area, California and my interests include social justice, In n Out and anything botanical. I am incredibly excited to be leading the New Orleans: Rebuilding the Gulf trip this year! Looking at inter-sectionalism between social justice issues has long been a passion of mine and I'm looking forward to exploring those issues with all of you in such an interesting place!