Haiti Just Recovery

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.

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Upcoming Trips
  • February 22–March 1: open Congregational Journey with West Shore, Ohio (TRIP IS FULL)
  • April 5–12, 2014: First Church, Dallas Congregational Journey (TRIP IS FULL)
  • May 10–17, 2014: open enrollment. Apply now for lower price of $1350! (TRIP IS FULL)
  • November 1–8, 2014: open enrollment now with UU Fellowship of Marion County; apply by August 31, 2014
  • December 6–14, 2014: open enrollment; apply by September 21, 2014
  • January 3–10, 2015; Congregational Journey with Main Line Unitarian Church and Unitarian Society of Germantown; apply by September 28, 2014
  • January 17–24, 2015; Congregational Journey with UU Congregation of Columbia; apply by October 5, 2014
  • February 7–14, 2015: open enrollment; apply by December 7, 2014
  • May 23–30, 2015: open enrollment; apply by March 22, 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.

If you are interested in organizing your own congregational group to work with the Papaye Peasant Movement, please see our page on congregational trips.

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.

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, by Laurent Dubois

Krik? Krak!, by Edwidge Danticat

Exploring the Significance of Urban to Rural Relocation, by Katelyn Leader

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

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

Program Leaders

February 22 – March 1: Sally Beth Shore and Meagan Henry

April 5 – 12: Vera Dowell and Kristin Famula

May 10–17, 2014: Rebecca Burns and Michele Gutierrez