Laura was one of the worst storms ever to hit the US—devastating entire communities. Homes and businesses have been destroyed, some areas are still inaccessible, roads are blocked by debris, and hundreds of thousands of people are left without electricity, water, and some without homes.
Louisiana is facing a humanitarian crisis and no one is talking about it! There is no running water or electricity. Entire neighborhoods are leveled. PLEASE STOP SCROLLING! A simple retweet or donation could mean everything! #helplakecharles #helplouisiana pic.twitter.com/Epvi0cdjMw— victoria self ☼✌ (@tori_self6) August 30, 2020
In parallel with the fact that the property of hundreds of thousands of already poor people has been destroyed, residents are also facing the COVID-19 pandemic, which still has a stronghold on the region. Some people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 now watched as their homes were destroyed.
During this challenging time, residents of the affected communities need help. Unfortunately, the media have already moved on to the next story, so the people of Louisiana are trying with all their might to draw the attention of the general public to the problem. An author of CleanTechnica, Johnna Crider/Twitter, is also one of the many residents of the state who uses her loud voice to do this. Thanks to her efforts on Twitter, the peoples’ outcry amidst this catastrophe won’t be silenced.
And now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his Musk Foundation have also heard the Louisianans—recently making a donation to the victims of Hurricane Laura. The Musk Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation founded in 2002 by Elon Musk and his brother, Kimbal. Although the foundation makes grants in support only of five areas, those who desperately need help outside of these areas also receive it.
There Is A Humanitarian Crisis In Louisiana & No One Is Talking About It https://t.co/myasx48tKw— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) August 31, 2020
We appreciate the charitable gift from @elonmusk and the @MuskFoundation to help La. recover from Hurricane Laura. Please consider joining forces and donating at https://t.co/ipzfGJEii9 to help residents of SWLA!— BR Area Foundation (@BRFdn) September 1, 2020
We greatly appreciate the support of @elonmusk and the @MuskFoundation at this critical time. Please consider following suit and donating. We could not do this without the help of others. ⚜⚓#CajunNavy #CajunNavyRelief #ElonMusk #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors #LookForTheHelpers— CajunNavyRelief (@CajunNavyRelief) September 1, 2020
The Foundation has donated to non-political causes, including $480,000 in grants for water filtration in Flint, Michigan and $424,000 to supply laptop computers to Flint middle-schools. Other recipients of Musk Foundation grants include international aid nonprofits such as Doctors Without Borders, which was given $100,000 in 2012 alone; healthcare organizations such as World Spine Care, and the co-educational Mirman School for Gifted Children also have received aid.
Artists for Peace and Justice, which helps disadvantaged people internationally through education, and Haitian Relief Organization — which helped with recovery in Haiti after a tsunami struck that nation — received funding from the Musk Foundation in 2011. And these are just a few of the recipients of such financial assistance.
If you are able to help the victims of Hurricane Laura, please donate:
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.