For those who have gone on our New Orleans Gulf Coast trip or who have interest in joining us in the future, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is a great novel to help give you a look at the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the individual and give context to our relief efforts in “The Big Easy.”
This offering by the talented Eggers, a literary powerhouse, gives an intimate look at Abdrulrahaman Zeitoun’s experience of New Orleans before and after the city was struck by Hurricane Katrina and what it took to survive through one of the United States’ most destructive natural disasters of the past decade.
The story reads like a great work of fiction but is in fact made up entirely of interviews with Zeitoun and his family as well as extensive research from a variety of sources. Full of excitement, despair, loss, hope and the power of resilience, Eggers weaves together an impressive story that will leave you in awe.
Pick it up at your local library or buy your own copy. An added bonus is that all proceeds from book sales go to the Zeitoun Foundation which was set up to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The following video courtesy of the History channel taken from a helicopter following Hurricane Katrina is silent, but somehow that lends itself appropriately to the destruction. It’s striking – where there should be roads, there are rivers.
Scroll down for a handful of photos from our service program to New Orleans over the past five years. We’re proud to be a part of the continued revitalization of “The Big Easy.” The destruction of Katrina and also the added assault of the BP Oil Spill means the work will go on in New Orleans and as the RLT motto goes, we will continue to go where help is wanted, and where both the people and place can benefit from our presence. With continued attention cast by luminaries like Brad Pitt and native Ellen DeGeneres and the Make It Right Foundation, we are very hopeful for New Orleans!