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From the Ground Up: Working for a Just Recovery in Haiti
Since the earthquake in Haiti, UUSC has stood shoulder to shoulder with our partners as they work to rebuild their lives, their communities, and their spirits. UUSC members are helping Haitians rebuild through generous donations, hands-on work in Haiti through the UU College of Social Justice, and advocacy to ensure that the U.S. government contributes to a just recovery.
In all our work, we support Haitians on the margins struggling for a voice, agency, and participation in the recovery process on a national scale. And this work is only possible with the activism and investment of our members.
Following the third commemoration of the earthquake in Haiti, please recommit to working with us to help Haitians achieve the just recovery that they deserve. Whether you learn about UUSC's work in Haiti, talk to your legislators about what they can do to help, teach others about this important issue, or join one of the UUSC-UUA volunteer trips to Haiti, help us observe this commemoration with the people of Haiti.
Plan your commemoration activities:
- Watch a
UUSC webinar hosted on the ground in Haiti
During this interactive on-the-ground report from Haiti recorded on January 26, 2012, you'll learn about our partners, hear from participants of a JustWorks service-learning trip, and find out from UUSC staff what you can do to support the recovery at home.
- Learn more about UUSC's work in Haiti
Our efforts protect women and children, help people cope with trauma, support livelihood development in Port-au-Prince, and facilitate sustainable solutions for displaced people in rural Haiti.
- Introduce your congregation to
Explore Beyond the Mountain, a five-workshop curriculum on Haiti that highlights human rights at stake in the recovery and UUSC's ongoing response.
- Apply to volunteer on a UUCSJ trip
Join us on a weeklong trip to work with members of the Papaye Peasant Movement, a UUSC partner, to help former Port-au-Prince residents build new lives in rural Haiti.
- Observe the commemoration in
your worship services
Use the multiple resources UUSC has compiled to honor survivors with a special service.
- Write a letter to the editor
Make sure to get out the message that we must continue to support the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. Download letter-writing guidelines [PDF] and a sample letter [PDF] about what the international community can do to live up to its promises in the Haiti recovery and rebuilding effort.