Houma Day 4: Chickenshit for a Sustainable Future

European American Business Club co-founder Helmut Albrecht is spending a week in Houma Louisiana, rebuilding the home of 92 year old Magaline destroyed during Katrina.

Master Blues Musician Tab Benoit, a son of Houma, La will be headlining the Amelia Island Blues Festival in Feb 2011

Last night we went to the Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church and it was everything I had hoped for and more. They spoiled us with excellent Cajun food, great hospitality and a lot of hugs. In the course of the evening we also learned a lot how people here look at nature, faith and the oil spill, or more precise the reaction to the relentless attack on oil companies and drilling.

The Christian believe that the Lord had (and has) a major influence on the creation of nature taking care of the environment, is an integrated part of the activities of this parish and by doing so, they actively take the church away from the church building and show in real life how to spread their faith and create hope.

Amidst many ongoing environmental projects, they recently started a pilot program that takes plastic containers filled with chicken shit, which are trucked to the marshes and connected to large floating growing beds. This apparently stabilizes the marshes’ eco system against storms and at the same time create a income opportunity through growing produce.

Pastor Richard was also very clear about the oil spill: “don’t fire up a war between oil drilling and environment”, he says, as the entire Houma area economically depends on off shore drilling. For them it is not about putting an end to drilling, it is about responsibly save drilling.

The First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue in Houma, La.

Today we had a very good but hard day (100°Fplus) at our job site. We completed hanging sheetrock in the kitchen and applied single or double prime coats in all 7 rooms (wall, ceilings).
We also went to check out another job site nearby, were the working team there, showed us their progress with tiling, painting and cleaning.

All teams came back with reports such as “made great progress today”
This evening, Kevin, a friend of PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Aid) and a chef will spoil us with his Jambalaya. As you can imagine we are all quite hungry after a long day of physical work. It is different by all means.
Tomorrow we will complete painting “our house”; and so the reader may understand the emotions, every team gets quite quickly attached to their project and already after a couple of days start referring to it as “our house”.

We are also  looking forward to a another visit from Magaline, our 92 year old “client”.
Happy satisfaction sets in as another good day comes to an end, helping people who deserve.

Helmut Albrecht

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