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Brad Pitt’s Foundation Makes It Right for Residents of the Lower Ninth Ward

September 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

5 years after Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward is recovering. Brad Pitts foundation makes it right for residents of the lower ninth ward.

Lower 9th Ward Prieur Tennessee 2009
A LEED-certified home built by the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans.

Tragic events that touch, unite, and force America to mobilize it’s resources to help fellow Americans in times of great need are, thankfully, few and far in between. One of these events which took more than a thousand lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless was the Hurricane Katrina, 5 years ago.

There are still some issues surrounding the event that are hopelessly mired in controversy to this day, but what is clear is that 5 years after the catastrophe, New Orleans and the surrounding areas are showing signs of recovery.

One story that caught my attention during the media coverage of the Katrina anniversary was that of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. It was on CNN where I saw some footage of homes built by them in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, the area most devastated by the hurricane

In December 2007, Pitt launched the Make It Right Foundation with the Pink Project placing some temporary pink structures throughout the site to show people where the future homes will be built. The Pink Project served to raise $12 million in donations and brought back attention on the plight of the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward.

Today, the ravaged community is the proud site of the “largest, greenest neighborhood of single family homes in America.” All of the homes (over 70) built by the Make It Right foundation in the area have been certified as LEED Platinum, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). What this means is that these homes have been built in accordance to the highest standards in energy efficiency and sustainability.

Watch: Brad Pitt – Funds The Make It Right Foundation

Brad Pitt being interviewed by Larry King about Make It Right Foundation’s work in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans.

In my opinion, the most remarkable and inspiring side to this story is not only the determination of Brad Pitt and his colleagues at Make It Right Foundation to build green homes in the area. What is more significant is their willingness to ask for input and listen to the members of Lower Ninth Ward community. As a result, they’ve worked on the project and built those homes with the full support and cooperation of the beneficiaries.

I like Brad Pitt’s performance in the last Quentin Tarantino film, but I like this story even better. Thank you, Mr. Pitt, for a showing us a great example of how compassion for others, civic consciousness, and environmental responsibility can create a huge positive impact not only on the lives of those whom you’ve directly helped but on the entire nation, as well.

If you want to help build those homes in the Lower Ninth Ward and make a donation, track their progress, or learn more, please proceed to the Make It Right Foundation’s web site at: www.makeitrightnola.org.

Photo: Infrogmation on Flickr

Tags: Sustainability

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Water Bottle Willy // Sep 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Nice blog, its great to see a celebrity that isnt completely full of you know what and puts some of the movie ticket money back into the community. =)

    thanks, will