UUSC-UUA Supporter Journey to Tanzania and Burundi

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Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to connect firsthand with social-justice leaders on the ground in Africa! First, you’ll visit the Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP), a UUSC partner working to overcome gender inequality and secure the human right to water. Experience TGNP in action, meet their grassroots affiliates, and visit the area’s natural and historic sites. Then spend a weekend in Burundi meeting with Rev. Fulgence Ndagijamana and the Assembly of Unitarian Christians of Burundi (ACUB), a UUA partner. There, you will witness the new congregation’s local justice work and discuss refugee reintegration and conflict resolution.

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Upcoming Trips


  • November 10–20, 2012 (Register by September 10, 2012)
  • Optional add-on ecotourism excursion to Kilimanjaro, November 20–25, 2012

$4500 per person includes all ground costs — transportation, transfers, food, and lodging — as well as as pre- and post-trip resources, translators, the guidance of experienced program leaders, and round-trip in-Africa air travel between Tanzania and Burundi. Does not include airfare to and from Africa.
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Our Partners

The Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP), founded in 1993, is a grassroots nongovernmental organization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. TGNP’s mission includes building a vibrant transformative feminist movement that works to overcome gender inequality and secure the human right to water.

The Assembly of Unitarian Christians of Burundi (ACUB) is a growing congregation founded by Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana. Located in Bujumbura, ACUB helps build the civil society of Burundi and address local needs. Ndagijimana also works on conflict resolution and reintegration of former rebels.

Program Leaders

Patricia Jones, PhD, LLM, is manager of UUSC’s Environmental Justice Program. Recognized worldwide for her leadership promoting the human right to water, Jones works with communities and international agencies to ensure access to safe, sufficient, affordable water for all.

Rev. Eric Cherry is director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office. Cherry’s office maintains partnerships with UU, interfaith, and human-rights organizations around the world; provides international engagement resources to UUA congregations; and supports the growth of UU congregations overseas.

Evan Seitz is a senior associate for service learning in the UU College of Social Justice. Seitz works with community partners to develop mutually beneficial service-learning programs for Unitarian Universalists.

Maxine Neil has been the director of the Institutional Advancement Department at UUSC since 2007 and came to UUSC with almost three decades of fundraising experience. Neil is responsible for the strategic direction of fundraising for the organization.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303