Coming to you all live from New Orleans
Sorry for being vauge and for those that were in the know I’m sorry to drop off the radar. I didn’t want to disclose where we were going but we’re here now and we made it safely. Joel and I are now in Algiers. This is the west bank of New Orleans, the 15th ward in Orleans Parish. We’re staying at 331 Atlantic Avenue. Here’s a sat photo of the area.
Wondering where we’re staying? Remember the story recently on BoingBoing about Malik in Algiers? We’re here to help him restore his community. We’ve got tech gear to outfit the community run clinic. This is the face of community change, this is Malik Rahim. We’ve got some donated terminals from AMD and we’re looking for monitors. I think we need ten of them. If you’re in NOLA and you’ve got monitors please feel free to send them our way.
Looking for a wifi hotspot in New Orleans? Malik has one now. Infact we brought it with us and we’re online. Thanks to Joel’s EVDO pcmcia card, we’re about to deploy a mobile computer lab of sorts.
We’ve got cell phone service but it’s quite difficult for you to call us. We get busy signals 50% of the time calling out. We’ve heard it’s about a 90% failure rate calling inside.
What’s the plan? The plan is to help the people who’ve been without aid, without help and without hope. Malik and the group around the house packed up bags to help people stay clean. He showed me the one of the single person aid packs he put together and told me about the family sized ones they’re putting together tomorrow.
It’s time to sit down to dinner now, I’ll write more when I get a free moment. There’s much to be done.