On August 29, 2005, Sofia Aderer, age 7, lost her home to Hurricane Katrina in Waveland, MS, a town that was "wiped off the map" when it received the eye of the storm.
In response, she penned a song called "Katrina Blues" that won the attention of local media.
Now, on the eve of the five-year anniversary of the storm, Sofia is at it again, with a venture that she started in early June to address the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on birds and other affected animals.
Her "bird project", called the Sofia Aderer Audubon Society Fund, is a testament to the resiliency in young people, and their ability to turn a negative into a positive through creativity and self-expression.
This video is part of a series, created by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin, a husband-wife team, producing stories to give voice to residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Producer/Director/Camerawoman: Alison Fast