csj_header_960x183-KAre you interested and able to take a week of your time to make a difference in another part of the world–as well as in your own life?  Think Haiti!  

Saltwater Church in Des Moines, Washington, has several people interested in going some time around November of this year. Wouldn’t it be great to get a group of 15 or 16 UUs from the Pacific Northwest to make the journey of a lifetime to Haiti to move rocks, carry cement, laugh and sing along with Haitians in the central plateau?


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The UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) organizes Just Recovery service trips to Haiti to support the efforts of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP)  in the central plateau area. Side by side with Haitians, we work to build homes and villages for people who lost their homes in the earthquake of 2010.  This is a powerful experience of recovery done right.  True to UUSC’s commitment to support the efforts of marginalized groups, our work with MPP is helping to support a grassroots effort to build sustainable agrarian communities.   In this case we help build eco-villages for people willing to move away from Port au Prince, creating an entirely new way of life.

Take a look at www.uucsj.org for information on the Just Recovery Service Learning Trips to Haiti. I have made two trips to Haiti, the second one as a trip leader, and am anxious to go again.  I am happy to talk with you more about our planning for the next trip.  Please e-mail me at haititrip@saltwaterchurch.org if you are interested in the possibility of going or would like to find out more information.

I wish you all the best. M’swete’w tout bon bagay.

Submitted by Barbara Nelson, Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church

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