Americas / United States / New Orleans, LA

Picking up the pieces and creating resiliency in New Orleans


Volunteers were 'boots on the ground' giving their time to help rebuild the city


Homes were rebuilt helping survivors return to their homes

Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Malteser International reached across the globe to help the New Orleanians whose lives were shattered forever by the horrific floods that broke the levees and killed over 2,000 people in its fury. The 13–month effort, which officially began on-the-ground in March 2006, focused on clearing and cleaning affected homes to prepare them for renovation. The immediate recovery phase managed and financed by Malteser International paved the way for the sustainable recovery and rehabilitation measures in Phase II carried out by the Order of Malta. During Phase II, volunteers renovated homes that were badly damaged by the flood and storm and made them habitable once again. With the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, 56 houses were renovated and rebuilt. We also collaborated with partner organizations – Rebuilding Together and Catholic Charities – to help rebuild St. Peter Claver Catholic School in the 6th Ward and St. Leo the Great parish in the Upper 9th Ward, so that families could return to their homes, reuniting their neighborhood and bringing their children back to school and therefore, to normalcy, after this tragedy.


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