I recently read a news report about the Make it Right project that Brad Pitt has started in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. I was touched by this effort to rebuild 150 homes for the residents there. He set up an architectural competitition to design homes for the ward that would be stronger and healthier, while also being “green”, having less impact on the environment. The resulting home design is sleek, simple, stylish, and strong.
The Make It Right project is looking for donors to help raise funds to build these homes. Pitt has committed $5 million of his own money to the project. At the website for the project, individual donors can take a virtual walk through the home design, and click on which of the features you wish to sponsor; a gallon of paint is $25, a programmable thermostat is $100, lighting for the whole house is $500, with all kinds of other features available too. A whole house can be sponsored for $150,000. When I first looked at the site last month, only one home had been sponsored of the 150; now 65 are! You can track the total in the upper right corner.
The residents of the Lower 9th need all the help they can get to rebuild their community and come home. Plese take the time to look at the site and find a way to support the project. Every little bit will help make a difference in the lives of the people there.