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 three 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. Medical volunteers to work with the MPP health clinic are also invited to apply starting in the fall of 2015 – please contact us for more information.
If your congregation or cluster is interested in organizing a delegation with us to Haiti, please fill out this form. Delegations are available from December to May and are one week long, from Saturday to Saturday. If you are an individual that is interested in participating in a delegation, please check our calendar soon to see which open-enrollment journeys are available.
Cost: $1,500 per person, not including airfare. Financial assistance is available by application for those with financial need. All discounts are contingent on the availability of funding and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have any questions, please contact us here.
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.
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.
Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, by Laurent Dubois
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
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!