It has been a decade since the devastating hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, leaving a death toll of 1,836 and causing $81 million in property damages.
Over the years, New Orleans has been rebuilt, and Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt has been heavily involved in it. His charity, Make It Right, which he started in 2007, builds homes, buildings, and communities for people in need.
The Make It Right website says: “Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward two years after Hurricane Katrina, he was shocked by the lack of rebuilding progress in this historic, working class community. Many worried the plight of the neighborhood would be forgotten. In a bold move, Pitt committed to help rebuild in the hardest hit area of the city.
“Pitt believed that if we could build safe, sustainable homes in the most devastated part of New Orleans, we would prove that high-quality, green housing could be built affordably everywhere.”
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) August 17, 2015
According to the New Orleans Times—Picayune: “The Lower 9th Ward neighborhood near the Claiborne Avenue bridge was more or less wiped out by floodwater surging through a gap in the levee wall in 2005.
Then, as if by Hollywood magic, Brad Pitt appeared to attempt to rebuild it.
At the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flood, 109 homes stand where there once was only mud and wreckage. More homes are on the way. Pitt told the paper in a telephone conversation: “I’ll tell you, every time I drive over the Claiborne bridge, no matter what frustration I might be dealing with at the moment, I get this well of pride when I see this little oasis of color and the solar panels.”
— Noah Fairbanks (@NoahFairbanks) August 17, 2015
The homes they are building are colorful and vibrant, leaving behind the saddness of the past. They are also eco-friendly, with a modern design and are affordable in regards to electricity.
Pitt also told the paper: “I drive into the neighborhood and I see people on their porch, and I ask them how is their house treating them? And they say: ‘Good.’ And I say what’s your utility bill? And they’ll throw something out like, ’24 bucks’ or something, and I feel fantastic.
The charities goal was to build 150 homes. So far, they have already built 109 and changed the lives of the residents of New Orleans.
Watch short video on Brad Pitt on the Ellen Show talking about rebuilding New Orleans: