Organization looking to impact in community will be headquartered in downtown Abbeville.

The Nehemiah Projects of Acadiana (NPAI), which is a new non-profit organization that is headquartered in Abbeville, but has plans to service all communities within Acadiana.

Joined by others from the city and community, the Nehemiah Projects officially cut the ribbon on those headquarters. Nehemiah Projects’ base of operations is located at 100 S. State St. in Abbeville, across from Abbeville City Hall.

Mayor Mark Piazza cuts the ribbon outside NPAI headquarters

The vision of NPAI is for everyone in Acadiana to be empowered and to value their past, embrace the present and look forward to a future filled with possibilities within their individual communities. There are several major projects that have jump-started the impact of NPAI in the Abbeville community, which consist of the groundbreaking and construction of a 150,000 sq. ft. facility that will house the Williams Scholar Academy Charter School and the Nehemiah’s Educational & Empowerment Center. Also, the grand opening of NPAI’s headquarters, including administrative offices, computer lab, meeting spaces and resources for residents and businesses.

“Our goal is to do exactly what a hurricane does, and that is to bring people together and make a huge impact on the communities where it makes landfall,” said Walter August Jr., Board Chairman of The Nehemiah Projects of Acadiana. “We are better together, and our impact can transform Acadiana, one community at a time.”

The Nehemiah’s Educational & Empowerment Center, which will also house Williams Scholar Academy Charter School, is projected to be completed in the Fall of 2022. The school is a tuition-free based public charter, providing a rigorous curriculum that prepares students in grades six through twelve to be college and career ready upon graduation. The Nehemiah’s Educational & Empowerment Center will provide primary services for adult education, health, wellness and financial empowerment resources.

“It is imperative that we pave the way for our youth and restore hope to many adults who have given up,” said August. “When a disaster threatens to disrupt our way of life, we gather resources and people to prepare for impact and strategize to rebuild better, and that is exactly what NPAI is all about— gathering resources and people to strategize to improve our communities and rebuild better.”

Originally published in the Abbeville Meridional, 11/10/21