Responding to the disastrous floods in Louisiana, AID provided humanitarian support of $2500 to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), an organization working in environmentally vulnerable areas and advocating for environmental justice as part of the BOLD network. After 7 trillion gallons of rain fell in the second week of August 2016, 13 people died and 60,000 homes were damaged. LEAN jumped into action, with flood survivors in greatest need at the center of the rehabilitation efforts.
Flood survivors worked to assist other flood survivors whose homes had been severely damaged, and for their work earned living wages from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. It was a win-win situation, providing over 2,500 hours of work to flood survivors to help them get back on their feet while providing 2,500 hours of free labor to high-needs homeowners.
Marylee Orr, Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network writes:
We have had the privilege of responding to disasters in the past but nothing quite like the unprecedented flooding the Baton Rouge area experienced this past summer. Your generous contribution has gone a long way in helping us help our neighbors in need.Our tireless crew has gutted over 50 homes and even as I am writing this they are continuing to assist homeowners who still, months after the flood, have received little to no assistance. The stories of this flood are difficult to put into words, the landscape here has been forever changed with entire neighborhoods ruined, generations of equity and financial security lost. I have attached a few snippets of the Thank you’s and responses we have received from the many homeowners you have helped us to assist. I am proud of the work we have done and I am proud to have done it with you.
Flood survivors wrote in appreciation of LEAN’s efforts:
Recognizing the links between environmental and energy policies and disasters such as these floods, LEAN and the BOLD Alliance advocate for renewable energy and ending dependence on fossil fuels. AID stood with the BOLD Alliance in thanking the Water Protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota, struggling against the planned Dakota Access Pipeline.