As the week winds down, there are fewer people, parties, and principals are TechEd. But there is a very good reason to stay: helping rebuild the homes of victims of Hurricane Katrina. DevExpress is organizing a home building project on Friday in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Kudos to DevExpress for factoring people into its marketing plan for this week.
It has been five years since disaster struck the area, but the damage is still apparent in many of the city's poorest parishes. I spent approximately two hour tours the damage on Tuesday, and cannot understate how important it is that relief efforts continue. Many homes are rebuilt, but many others remain as they were after the floor. The 9th ward still has homes with holes punched out of their roofs; others are condemned or empty lots.
BP's oil spill may be dominating the headlines, but Katrina victims still need our help. The poorest people didn't have the choice to leave.