Haiti: Beyond Just Recovery

Since our founding in 2012, UUCSJ has worked closely with one of UUSC’s key partners in Haiti, the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP). Over these four years CSJ brought 24 groups of volunteers to Haiti to learn about just recovery models after the 2010 earthquake, and to support projects initiated by local communities. These volunteers assisted our Haitian partners in building six sustainable eco-villages, which now house families from the refugee camps of Port-au-Prince. UUSC and many generous congregations and donors raised the funds to support this construction.

With the construction of the eco-villages successfully completed, UUCSJ & MPP have agreed to continue our immersion learning journeys with a new focus on the critical issues of food sovereignty and climate justice. Participants will learn first-hand about the impacts of climate change on the global south, the environmental damage caused by decades of colonial exploitation, and the leadership of rural peasant movements in advancing climate justice and global sustainability. In the words of Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Executive Director of MPP, “Peasants are making a new road for humanity.”

We will work with members of MPP on their continuing “agroecology” projects such as building tire gardens, making natural insecticides, and helping in the seed nursery.

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Upcoming Trips

** Please note that due to the political instability in Haiti, UUCSJ is not currently running programs in Haiti. If your congregation or cluster is interested in organizing a delegation with us to Haiti, please fill out this form and we can discuss when a program might be possible. **

Cost: $1,500 per person, not including airfare. Additional expenses may include passport application or renewal and vaccinations.

UUCSJ is committed to making our programs accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the financial aid request section of the program application.

For additional fundraising we recommend that participants use Faithify, the Unitarian Universalist crowd funding website, which can help either congregations or individuals raise money to cover their costs.

If you have any questions, please contact us here.

Our Partner

The Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), founded in 1973, organizes and empowers small farmers in Haiti to improve their living conditions. Today, MPP has more than 60,000 members. MPP’s major goals include helping Haiti regain food security, sustainably managing natural resources, advocating for women’s rights, promoting alternative energies, and building people-centered rural communities. Please read the resource listed below by Katelyn Leader for a more detailed description of MPP.

Resources

For general orientation to and understanding of Haiti, we ask that you read two books before the trip. They are quick reads and very informative. The third resource listed here is a chapter from Katelyn Reader’s study of MPP, which will give you a more thorough idea of our partner’s work and philosophy.

The Big Truck that Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, by Jonathan Katz

Krik? Krak!, by Edwidge Danticat

“Exploring the Significance of Urban to Rural Relocation,” by Katelyn Leader
This will be emailed to participants who are already registered for this program.

UUCSJ’s Study Guide, a resource for cross-cultural engagement

Also recommended:
Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake, by Mark Schuller

Haiti Blog: Read about participants’ experiences on the ground and after from a delegation in January 2015.

Haiti Blog: Read about participants’ experiences on the ground and after from a delegation in April 2015. This was our first interfaith journey to Haiti!