Morristown, N.J. (February 7, 2018) – In a single night, Hurricane Katrina damaged 134,000 housing units in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm, which incurred roughly $135 billion in total economic damages, left thousands homeless, jobless and in desperate need of assistance. For the past several years, CSE students have been assisting the Sisters of Charity with rebuild efforts in areas that have yet to recover.
This year, Caitlyn Conselyea, '20, and Chioma Emeana, '19, accompanied the Sisters of Charity to the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. While there, they worked closely with the disaster recovery non-profit organization SBP, formerly known as the St. Bernard Project.
"I first heard about Hurricane Katrina when I was eight years old," says Emeana. "At that age, I wasn't able to help. But now I can physically make a difference. Seeing the people, talking to those affected and listening to their stories was very impactful and humbling."
Conselyea and Emeana spent the majority of their time installing sheet rock and insulation for a home being built in the most damaged part of town.
"This experience taught me to appreciate what I have a lot more," says Conselyea. "It also showed me that there are good people out there who are willing to help. If you get enough good people together, then you can really make a difference."