Haiti Just Recovery

The UU College of Social Justice is running several delegations to Haiti, both for congregations and for individuals. Help us spread the word! You can download a flyer with our general program information here.

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.

Register now!

Upcoming Trips
  • November 1–8, 2014: open enrollment now with UU Fellowship of Marion County (registration closed)
  • 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)
  • 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
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

Program Leaders

November 1 – 8: Jonipher Kwong and Kristen Famula

January 3 – 10: Mike Carpenter and Nuala Carpenter

January 17 – 24: Carla Miller and Robert Ehler

February 7 – 14: Ravenna Motil-McGuire and Robert Ehler