Volunteers come from as far as the Middle East to honor Dr. King’s legacy with WWL’s Bill Capo

November 2nd, 2015
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One of the Martin Luther King Day of Service projects taking place across New Orleans Monday was a Fruit Tree Orchard Planting by NOLA Tree Project. Even a television news reporter from Cairo, Egypt, joined in to help.

“New Orleans is the city of life, you know,” said Hisham Abouelela. He is visiting New Orleans with a 13-member delegation from the Middle East and North Africa through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

“Volunteering and planting some trees with my fellow Americans here was a great experience,” said Abouelela.

 The volunteers planted forty fruit trees at Langston Hughes Academy, the first event in the NOLA Tree Project’s Greaux Healthy Kids Program.

“Picture a child walking down the street to school, and they can just pull a satsuma or an orange, and have that instead of a candy bar,” explained NOLA Tree Project’s Connie Uddo.

Dr. King’s legacy isn’t just felt here, but all over the world.

“His speech ‘I have a Dream,’ it’s in every Arab house, you know that,” said Abouelela.