Name: Christopher Banton
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Born in New Orleans, raised in New Orleans, residing in New Orleans, the author of the journal has seen the damage from Katrina; eighty percent of the houses in New Orleans will be gutted, demolished, or repaired. The population of New Orleans is 60,000 at night, and 120,000 at day. Presently, the people of New Orleans are repairing New Orleans with people across the country; however, the damage of New Orleans will require a great amount of support. New Orleans, a city of culture, the people's ideas are exhibited in the culture; New Orleans separates itself from other states. Specifically, the houses and food represent the culture, and the people's ideas of life. The reason for participating in the learning course was to support/repair the city, the people, the economy, houses, and the culture of New Orleans.
Returning from New Orleans, the amount of damage in New Orleans is uncertain because the groups impacted the community, the people, and the owners, but the groups were overwhelmed with the amount of damage in the city waiting to be repaired. Because of the amount of damage in New Orleans, the expectations were low because the groups were overwhelmed from the amount of work in New Orleans. However, the groups were able to observe the poverty, the economy, and the culture of New Orleans, the life in New Orleans. To observe, to feel, to live the culture of New Orleans, the groups should be able to observe the nightlife of New Orleans; example, the music, the restaurants, the quarter, and the bars along the streets of New Orleans. Retrospect to the amount of damage with little time, New Orleans’s will need years of repairing, the culture will need decades. A sacrifice could be driving eighteen hours to New Orleans, yet the warmth of our brothers and sisters erases problems in our lives. The students have realized in New Orleans that the students are fortunate to live in a home, because 280,000 families are left without a home in New Orleans. A reflection, a fortunate soul is the key to helping a lost soul find a home.
The books, the pictures, the news, and the documentaries concerning Hurricane Katrina aren’t close to be comparable to living in New Orleans. The impact of the support will be minimal because the amount of damage is great. Working in New Orleans is an act of God, the owners were accurate; we are angels. A repaired house is a repaired life/new life.