Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where I'll be in Two Months

So I've just been informed that my dad has taken the plunge and has bought my tickets to China today! So here's a recap of what will happen. I'll be working in Beijing from May 25th through July 4th. I'll be a photographer and an extra set of hands the duration of my internship. For more info, this is where I'll be.

China Foster Home

I'm so happy to have this opportunity to work this summer and meet new people and just for the adventure in general! Since I've last written, my dad has informed me that he wants to take me to my birth place of Ma'anshan before I get settled in at new day. This has always been a dream of ours to return to China together and it's actually coming true!

Thank You all for reading! The official count down is T-Minus 51 Days!!!!!! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Break ...Return to New Orleans

It's spring break and time for a trip go good old New Orleans! I've been coming here for break for a good 4-5ish years now and I've always remembered the city like an old friend. The trips have consistently been filled with good friends, good food and plenty of laughter. There's the beautiful French Quarter which boasts the famous Cafe Du Monde and its beignets, and world renowned food such as gumbo and jambalaya.

But its not the food or the culture that keeps us coming back, its the work that we come here to do. We come down every year to work in the Ninth Ward, an area that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Yes, its been nine years and there is still plenty of work here to be done. Some of the houses and buildings still have the original survivor counts lingering in spray paint on the outer walls. We partner with an organization called His Hands To Go, which is a group of churches that decided to lend their facilities to reconstruction and church groups after the hurricane hit. We have done demolition jobs, construction, yard work, and paint jobs for several houses. One of the most remarkable things that happens every year is that we get to hear the people's stories. They have had to put their lives back together after the great tragedy and they carry it with such grace and dignity. They are some of the bravest people I've ever met. They have struggled and they have come so far. It makes me take a step back every time I come down. A lot of the original aid that was sent has already been long gone. These are projects that take years and there are no "quick fixes" when it comes to rebuilding lives. I'm thankful for the experiences I've had here and I'm blessed to be able to come back this year as a sponsor for the next generation of world changers.