Soon after the storm, Thornton sensed the government response would be slow. As workers rebuilt her home, she opened her door to neighbors. She persuaded the local cable company to run a single Internet line down the oak tree in her front yard and into her house. neighbors gathered at her home to access free wireless Internet.
She kept a three-ring binder in her living room filled with tips on navigating the complex maze of contractors and insurance claims. She brewed coffee. USA Today, 2A, Aug 29, 2007
The organization's guiding principle: If neighbors work together to rebuild and share resources, they will get things done faster and more efficiently. The
While our area and the Lakewood section of New Orleans has the obvious benefit of at least some level of affluence, it was their willingness to work together to rebuild their homes, businesses and neighborhoods which brought restoration to their towns. Even the Versailles area, home to thousands of Vietnamese nationals who fled the VietNam war is rebuilt. As the Reverend Vien The Nguyen, pastor of Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church says of their rebuilding efforts,
We believe that when you rely on someone else, you're at their mercy. USA Today, Ibid.
And that is true whether you are talking about rebuilding efforts after a disaster, education or any other government program. If you rely on them, you are at their mercy.Katrina