Rebuilding Communities From The Ground Up

Lousiana’s

2010 article by Flozell Daniels on social justice and recovery philanthropy (reprinted from December 2010 issue of Alliance Magazine)

The founders of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (LDRF) knew from day one that their job was more than providing food, water and shelter for those who had suffered the worst of the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In fact, the mission agreed upon was “to transform the disaster . . . into an unprecedented opportunity for a new Louisiana – providing resources for the relief, recovery and betterment of all its people by ensuring access and opportunity in rebuilding their communities and culture.” A side-effect of the catastrophe was that it provided an opportunity to put forward solutions to long-standing challenges that were not viable before the disaster.

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