Amy Aberra Aids in Disaster Relief in New Orleans
“Because of Casey, I was able to see the amount of work that still needs to be done within the United States”, said college student Amy Aberra, after volunteering in New Orleans as part of her school’s Alternative Spring Break program. Amy’s week of volunteer service was made possible through a scholarship stipend from the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, which covered the expenses of the trip for this young student.
Amy’s team worked on disaster relief in the Lower 9th Ward, still one of the most devastated areas in America, where street after street is scarred by empty decaying houses in a neighborhood which looks like a ghost town. The Lower 9th Ward has just 5,500 residents – one third of its pre-Katrina population.
This did not mar Amy’s enthusiasm. “We were divided into groups of four and assigned to projects on particular homes,” she said. By the end of the week, Amy’s team was able to almost completely finish setting tiles in the living room and kitchen for a couple named Wanda and Conrad. “I learned so much about carpentry and do it yourself work, while simultaneously learning of the stories and experiences of life after Hurricane Katrina.”
As a result of going on this trip, Amy said she discovered that she has a “deep passion and potential” within herself, and never thought she could accomplish so much in one week.
“I made a living, breathing difference that I am proud of and that I want others to take part in,” she said. “Every person I have talked to about the trip has dedicated themselves to making some sort of change that will positively effect others, whether large or small.”
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