Burners Without Borders
Burners Without Borders (BWB) coalesced from a spontaneous, collective instinct to meet gaping needs where traditional societal systems were clearly failing post Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, BWB has emerged as a community led, grassroots group that encourages innovative, civic participation that creates positive change locally.
Following the 2005 Burning Man event, several participants headed south into the Hurricane Katrina disaster area to help people rebuild their devastated communities. As the volunteer numbers grew, they focused their initial efforts on rebuilding a destroyed Vietnamese temple in Biloxi, Mississippi. After several months, that job done, they moved to another needy Mississippi community, Pearlington, to continue to work hard — gifting their time — to help those in need. Over the course of eight months, BWB volunteers gifted over $1 million dollars worth of reconstruction and debris removal to the residents of Mississippi.
The important thing is to create collaborations and bring as much creativity and fun to the project as possible.
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<img class="alignleft" style="margin: 5px; border: 0pt none;" title="Burners Without Borders in Haiti" src="http://rexfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/burnerhaitikidexam2.jpg" alt="chefs and project coordinators" width="196" height="130" />Inspired by the community that springs up every year at Burning Man, Burners Without Borders channels that energy and creativity into solving local problems around the world.