Haiti Just Recovery
UUCSJ has run between five and seven programs annually to Haiti, for congregational groups and individuals, working with our program partner MPP (the Papaye Peasant Movement) on construction of eco-villages in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Work has now been completed on the sixth and final eco-village! Following our two January programs and an interfaith delegation in April, we will spend some time in discernment with MPP to develop the focus for our future Haiti programs. Please be in touch with us to let us know of your interest.
On this weeklong trip, participants will work and learn with members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), a UUSC partner, on projects that help former Port-au-Prince residents build new lives in rural Haiti. Every day, you will work with Haitian peasants to build new homes, construct food gardens from old tires, or contribute to other sustainability projects.
- January 3–10, 2015; open enrollment now with Main Line Unitarian Church and Unitarian Society of Germantown (registration closed)
- January 17–24, 2015; open enrollment now with UU Congregation of Columbia; (registration closed)
- April 11-18, 2015; open enrollment Interfaith Program (register by February 15, 2015)
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.
April 11 – 18: TBA