We are proud to announce the launching of a new project, Bringing Back Our Community (BBOC). Through this project, we are documenting the experiences of Lower 9th Ward residents to build a knowledge base in order to collectively advocate with the community. Through the interviews, we connect donors with residents through direct sponsorship as part of a move towards building a community driven recovery structure that can be used around the world in times of disaster.
We currently are interviewing community members of the Lower 9th Ward focusing on their recovery process and interactions with governmental resources like Road Home. We ask–given that it will never be the same, what can we do to help make you feel whole again? With these videos we are aiming to create an online apparatus to propose their needs to the many donors and volunteers who still want to help. This sponsorship program puts a direct face on the need and allows the donor and recipient to interact. We work as the liaison to prevent contract fraud and to advocate for the residents. Simultaneously, BBOC will document the experiences and analyze the scale of the injustices. We aim to organize town hall meetings to collectively address the many complicated layers and barriers preventing full recovery.
We are developing BBOC with a larger ideal—a clear structure on how people around the world can help communities recover so that the funds dedicated to recovery actually reach the families and residents in need. People want to help; we hope to create a better process of channeling help to reach those in need.
Stay tuned for updates on our progress.
Please help us save the Village! Check out the L9WV Letter of Support!
On October 20th, Mack was invited by a longstanding community partner, Community Unitarian Universalist Church to speak to their congregation in Plano, Texas. The weekend was filled with delicious BBQ, Mack’s famous shrimp boil, and other opportunities for the Plano community to become aware about the Lower 9th Ward community. We showcased the work we are doing to get the Village back open and celebrated their 4+ years of commitment they have given to the Lower 9th Ward Village. We greatly appreciate their continued and sustained support.
The Village hopes to engage in more speaking engagements like this one. If you are interested in hosting Mack in your community to build solidarity, contact us!
On October 20, 2013 from 11am-3pm, the Play Streets event at Joe Brown Memorial Park showcased our skateboard ramps and rails to promote health and fitness for New Orleans residents. We used this opportunity to publicize the current situation around the Lower Ninth Ward Skate Park.
The event was a great way for families to have some fun at a beautiful park and gave us the opportunity to help with our outreach.
On August 24th, the Lower 9th Ward Village will be hosting a fundraiser to generate funds resume regular programming, open the skate park and reopen a recording studio, library, computer lab, garden, and commercial kitchen.
We hope to see you there!
Your donations are needed at this time to bring the Lower 9Th Ward Village facility up to code so we can become operational again.
THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS ARE: (1) to properly upgrade the Electrical System and (2) complete the Skateboard Park. Although the Skateboard Park is in limbo, it is expected to be a vital part of the Village’s Community Center and will not exceed 30 percent of what the Village does for the Community.
Please go to our homepage or donate page to send us a donation today!!
Please support the Lower Ninth Ward Village by voting daily and help us win $5,000 in fuel to support our ventures!!! Voting ends October 27th and EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
One of our wonderful volunteers, Victoria Holt, has created a documentary for her sociology class called “Post-Katrina New Orleans: Local Realities, Global Issues”. This documentary features the Lower Ninth Ward Village and the surrounding community. Take a look!
The Lower 9th Ward Village from Victoria Holt on Vimeo.