Be part of building resiliency — volunteer at a Haitian eco-village!
Central Plateau, Haiti
May 24–31, 2011
This past year, members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), one of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC’s) partners in Haiti, set aside several hectares of land from the farm they collectively manage for families fleeing the destruction of last year’s earthquake in Port-au-Prince. MPP’s Executive Director Chavannes Jean-Baptiste has a plan for building more than just homes on this fertile plot of land — his vision is to build resiliency for the families left homeless by the tragedy.
The site will be home to MPP’s new eco-village, where these new families will have homes as well as a means of livelihood from cultivating the land. In addition, the vision includes making the eco-village a center for new technology, where farmers can test and adapt energy- and resource-efficient modes of operation.
A collaborative UUSC-UUA JustWorks — a special trip for seminarians to MPP’s eco-village — will kick off the inaugural rebuilding project of UUSC’s Haiti Volunteer Program. During this experience, seminarians will work alongside members of MPP to help construct homes. The trip will also include reflections and discussion on how service work and the shared experience in Haiti connect to the basic tenets of UU faith and ministry.
Join UUA President Peter Morales and UUSC President and CEO Bill Schulz for this transformative journey — a not-to-be-missed opportunity for deep spiritual work.
We are currently accepting applications for this trip. To apply, you must be a currently enrolled UU seminarian. Scholarship assistance is available. Completed applications are due Friday, April 15.
Learn more about this unique opportunity at uusc.org!