The message of Make It Right is to take this spot that was emblematic of such human failure and to make it a human success story of how we can build in the future, how we can build with equality, how we can build for families. – Brad Pitt, founder, Make It Right
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina killed mothers, brothers, granddaughters, friends – and destroyed more than 5,000 homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.
Three years later, while other neighborhoods were well on their way to recovery, a few people in the Lower 9th Ward were living in FEMA trailers on their land, surrounded by thousands of empty lots.
Those hardest hit by the storm were also the last to rebuild.
Make It Right was founded to help these people – to build sustainable, affordable homes for people in need. Today we will hand over the keys to our 109th home to a new homeowner, a middle school teacher and single mother.
When our work began, the Lower 9th Ward was so empty. Today it’s often the small things that are the biggest thrills – the postman delivering mail, kids running to the school bus, backyard BBQs and crawfish boils. Things that we hoped for, but couldn’t imagine after the devastation ten years ago.
Our families would not have homes today without friends like you. To everyone who said a prayer, swung a hammer or opened your hearts and your wallets – thank you.
The work is not finished. Ten years later, we have 87 families on our waiting list, still trying to come home.
We will keep building as long as we have families who need help and donors who believe in our work.
As we reflect on the anniversary of Katrina and the lives lost in the devastating storm, we’re asking for your help again. Please give today.
It has been devastating, and it is still devastating—there is a lot of work to do.
But Make It Right gave the Lower Ninth Ward the shot in the arm that it needed to come back and survive, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.
– Liljose Tompkins, Lower Ninth Ward homeowner