For the past 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, the American Friends Service Committee has been working in New Orleans to aid in the recovery of the city and its residents. While city and state officials boast about the success of rebuilding efforts, many New Orleanians have yet to see their lives restored in the wake of the post-recovery era. Many young adult activists, who were children when the disaster occurred, are now coming to terms with the policies that have led to an unjust displacement and replacement of the city’s residents.
In mathematics, the letter x often represents an unidentified variable, the unknown. In Roman numerals, x represents the number ten. In New Orleans, many remember it as the symbol first responders marked on the front of one’s home during Hurricane Katrina to signify how many were found dead or alive.
New Orleans Peace Building & Economic Justice Project
Effort underway to re-open Circle Food Store
Fresh bell peppers, Eater candy and school uniforms are synonymous with the iconic and now shuttered Circle Food Store which sits at the corner of N. Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues. For 87 years the Circle store has served as one stop shopping experience for the 7th Ward neighborhood. It was also the only Black owned grocery in New Orleans.
Staff and interns posing during Saturdays at Sampson Park in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans.
The New Orleans Peace Building and Conflict Transformation Program works closely with young people in New Orleans to promote peace using peer-to-peer learning strategies, arts and activism. Using experiential and interactive trainings, young people share strategies to address violence and create positive change throughout neighborhoods in New Orleans. The program focuses on the arts as an alternative means of self-expression and healing.
Who we are
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.