Volume 20, Number 2—Autumn 2013

Letter from the Board Chair

Greetings to the UUPCC World, by Rev. Gary Smith The UUPCC Board has moved back into our tempo of monthly conference calls, following a more relaxed summer for some of us. The Board said farewell to some members following our Annual Meeting in June, and we have also greeted new faces, but the good work continues.

Empowering Communities to Fight Poverty

The following is a recent article written by Richard Ford, Research Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. For seven years, Dr. Ford has worked with UUPCC international partners to train facilitators in the U.S. and overseas in the Community Capacity Building methodology. The tools they use help communities help themselves. They identify their strengths and needs, work together to form consensus about the most pressing needs and then develop action plans to address those needs. This article provides an example of the process in action in one community and shows what can happen—long term when the community initiates solutions rather than being handed solutions by an outside, international development organization.

Visit to India

By the time you are reading this newsletter, I will be traveling to India to visit with our partners in the Khasi Hills. There are several reasons to go—most pertain to working with the administration of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India (UUNEI)—but the timing of this trip is because of a unique and exciting opportunity to collaborate on a project of significance for Khasi women.

Travel Stories

Reports, News, and Travel Stories sent in to share with all. This month travelers from Barót, Oklánd, and Homoródszentmárton were hosted in Summit, NJ, San Jose, CA, and Atlanta, GA.

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