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Rising from Ruin is an on-going MSNBC.com special report chronicling two coastal Mississippi towns, Bay St. Louis and Waveland, as they rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

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Remember last year when the Tsunami hit Asia it was all over the news but eventually people sort of forgot about it and the people affected by the giant wave? I guess that is how it is with all news stories, though.

I have been thinking about them more though because now we are in almost the same predicament. I know that in a year our town will not be back to normal or anywhere near it. So I have started praying for the victims of the Tsunami again because there are still people homeless and needing help. Also I don't want people to forget us!

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we felt like we were being held hostage by Fema. We had everything destroyed but couldn't clean up or get on with out lives because we hadn't had a Fema inspector to check our property. Finally a week ago, over three months later, we had the inspector. We have been living in a motor home, cheap one with no hot running water, no toilet that works (we can still use the one in our home but it is scary to go in there....Husband got the pump back working and we do have water in the house... ...No Fema trailer yet, either....I know we will get help and I know we are luckier than those in tents. I don't think they realize at Fema, how much we depend on the inspection so we can move on to the next phase of rebuilding our lives.

Hannah and Eve hang in there you will not be forgotten you don't live in asia your Mississippians!!!!

Hannah I am so proud of what you have learned through this! You and all of the others remain in our daily thoughts and prayers. Bittney and I enjoy reading your jounal entries. (Brittney Anderson)

Eve, where are you? Do you have kids? I have a team coming to the bay and I may be of assistance????? Tell me about the others you know of.

None of you will be forgotten by me and my household. I can't come there and give any hands-on assitance so I do the next best thing I know of. I go to work each day so I can send some money your way through my church and Joyce Meyer Ministries. God bless you and your nieghbors and friends. You are still in many people's prayers and thoughts.

I was in Mobile when Rita hit. Between Katrina and Rita my car was stolen so I waded out of Mobile and walked many miles and caught some rides to get to Biloxi.I spent over three weeks in Biloxi and helped at the Volunteer kitchen on the beach. I was recently notified my car has been recovered and in the police impound lot in Mobile and I will catch a bus down there in next couple of days. FEMA has me in a hotel in Mobile so things are looking up. God bless all those from across the country who have helped in so many ways.

Bless your heart for thinking of others when you have suffered so much. The nation's heart is with you and all the other Katrina/Rita survivors - we're glad you're alive and please know that you'll always be in our thoughts. You don't know us, but you have an extended family, all Americans and others around the world, who are proud to stand by you. Keep your chin up and know you have literally millions of people caring for you. I hope you have a Merry Christmas - know that someone in California loves you!

Hannah, I know how you feel. I too, have been thinking a lot about everyone else who have suffered in similar ways as we have. Every night when I go to sleep in my FEMA provided trailer, I think of the millions of people around the world who aren't so lucky, including the many, many people (even children) here whom are still sleeping in tents, dispite the weather. I have been pretty "together" emotionally even though I lost my home and everything in it. But yesterday, the stress finally hit when I picked up my children's toys from the Bay St. Louis fire dept. I'm usually the one who donates $100 of toys every year, yet this year, I was unable too. That hit me hard. I hope that everyone has a blessed rest of this year and a much better one next year! We Mississipians will survive!

Hannah, you are not forgotten. What happened in Mississippi weighs heavy on my heart, and I have tried to head down to help with the relief and rebuilding effort as much as possible. I plan to return to Mississippi as often as possible. Help is on the way! Don't lose heart. The American citizens have not forgotten about you and are praying for you. I know there are many more like myself who cannot celebrate this Christmas the same way knowing that Hurricane Katrina is a national tragedy, not one that just affects the people in those areas. May God bless you!

"...let us run endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus..."

Hang in there, Hannah! Most people say "When you grow up, you are going to do great things!" Hannah, you are already doing great things! You are telling the world about Katrina through the eyes of a teenager. Through your words, you are helping thousands of teenagers just like you. For you to think about others (Tasunami survivors) this time in your life is absolutely the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time!

God Bless you Hannah! People have a tendency to forgot about things. I was just down there and I can not imagine all the pain your are feeling. You are a very caring person to remember others in your time of need. You are in inspiration to all of us. We pray in church every Sunday for you all. You are never far from our hearts and thoughts. Hang in there you will only grow to be a stronger person for what you went through.

Hannah, you have suffered a great loss, and you are still thinking of other people. That, to me is incredible and shows alot of character. I was not involved in Katrina or Rita but I hope you will take this comment and all others to keep you motivated and also let you know that we have not forgotten about you or anyone else involved in these horrible tragidies.

Hi, I 'm Sylvia Doucet Stanton. I had to open a Gallery in Jackson because the New Orleans Galleries were gone , Bay St Louis was gone . I had no place to show my new work. I lost 42 paintings in Maggie May's in Bay St Louis and 10 that I had donated to WYES Art Auction in New Orleans. I had no Flood Insurance and am now struggling to pay an SBA loan . Also struggling to pay a note on my Jackson Gallery ( not selling as much there because people don't know me there. )Mississippi Arts Commission has been able to provide a grant and also Artists Federation in New York. But when you have lost that much it's still hard to get back up especially when you are 71.

I am painting everyday and trying to rebuild my painting inventory. I'm listing some new paintings on my web site . Please look. They are very nice. Thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Sylvia Stanton
Thank Goodness Maggie May's opened 2 months ago and people are buying there.

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