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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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2010 Haiti Earthquake Update

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Jun 7, 2013

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Long absent from the media spotlight, the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake continues to inflict cruel suffering on millions of men, women, and children in this poverty-stricken nation.

Committed to serving the world’s most forgotten and beleaguered people, UUSC continues to make Haiti a priority of our work.

Thanks to a $150,000 challenge grant from our friends at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y., your gift of $100 or more will be matched dollar for dollar through June 30.

Hundreds of thousands of women, children, and families eke out a rocky existence in makeshift camps in Central Haiti. Far from the city, thousands are beyond the reach of international relief.

UUSC, working with its local partner the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), developed a plan to erect sustainable communities — simple homes and farm plots, where quake survivors could make a new life.. MPP is providing raw materials, training, and tools. The families and volunteers are doing the backbreaking — and rewarding — work of literally rebuilding their lives.

The eco-village model works. The challenge now is to expand it. And that’s where you come in.

UUSC’s list of priority projects, in places like Haiti, Darfur, Kenya, and here at home, is a long one.

But we must meet the $150,000 goal by  June 30th to receive the full challenge grant from the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock.

Please give generously today.

And thanks for all you do to uphold the dignity and worth of every person on earth.

Sincerely,

Bill Schulz
President and CEO
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

PS. If you have already donated to our 2013 Annual Fund drive, our deepest thanks.