Volunteer Architects Stay Put To Rebuild Devastated Communities
While plenty of architects spend their lives designing lavish skyscrapers and starring in bad rom-coms, some focus on undoing the lasting damage caused by natural disasters. Thousands of people can be left homeless after a major calamity, and that's why Eric Cesal founded Architects for Humanity, to help people rebuild in the long term. Cesal describes them as "last responders," which is a much cooler title than "building builders," as we've been calling them.
When AFH come in, they're in it for the long run. Because it's not just about repairing a few doors; it's about healing and protecting entire communities, which can take years. And since most disasters are in ... disaster-prone areas (go figure?), AFH takes further measures to educate populations on mitigating future disasters, all while suppressing their architectural instinct to shout, "Stop living on a goddamn fault line!"
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Celebrity Chef Jose Andres Feed Entire Cities After Disasters
Culinary geeks may know Jose Andres as the guy responsible for the small plates phenomenon, but disaster victims know him as the man with the big plates -- the only plates around, actually. In 2011, he established a nonprofit association of chefs called World Central Kitchen. In 2017, when Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria and the government figured it had better things to do than help, Andres set up a private charity, mobilizing a team that could provide fresh food to the victims, which was "more than what the government could offer."
Once there, Andres and his League of Extraordinary Chefs performed a Herculean task: serving 97,000 meals every day. His mobile kitchens proudly claim to have served over 3.6 million happy (well ... alive) customers.
Harper Collins PublishingPictured: One U.S. service.
After Maria, Andres continued literally feeding the world by rushing over to provide comfort food to the victims of Hurricane Florence. There, he served tens of thousands of meals while the storm was raging the hardest, and even braved dangerous floodwaters to get the food where it was most needed. You just know at least one person tried to send it back for being "too salty" or something.
E. Reid Ross has a couple books, Nature Is The Worst: 500 Reasons You'll Never Want To Go Outside Again and Canadabis: The Canadian Weed Reader, both available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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