Serving Globally

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UCC Norwell is proud of the financial commitment and member volunteer work provided to a number of nationwide and worldwide mission and outreach programs which are listed below. If you have questions regarding these global Mission and Outreach ministries, please contact the team leader, Mark Newby, at [email protected].

ASAPROSAR

One of our most successful missions has been financial, spiritual, and physical support for Dr. Vicky Guzman's mission in El Salvador. Since 1972, ASAPROSAR has provided integrated health care to impoverished families with a focus on women and children as they combat the obstacles of gender discrimination and exploitation, reaching nearly one million people with preventative healthcare each year. Each year, UCC Norwell sends two volunteer groups, bringing member-donated eye glasses, educational toys, used clothing, shoes and school supplies; the teams work in eye clinics (January trip) and general work camps (August trip). If you'd like to go to El Salvador to help on a construction project, a health clinic, or similar initiative, contact us or ask any member who's been there; it's one of the most profound, fulfilling vacations you'll ever take. www.asaprosar.org/

Habitat International

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.  The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. www.habitat.org/

Heifer International

Since 1944, Heifer Project International has provided food, income-producing animals and training to millions of resource-poor families in 115 countries, all in an effort to end hunger and poverty. This unique approach lets communities make their own decisions about improving their lives, overcoming obstacles, strengthening their communities, and fostering democracy. In addition to financial support, UCC Norwell Sunday School and Youth Groups participate in several of Heifer’s educational programs. www.heifer.org

Grow Hope Foundation

Grow Hope Foundation provides outreach, advocacy, volunteer service and funds to support projects that improve the lives of children and families. They serve for the good of humanity through youth and family focused programs and outreach in the Greater Brockton area. Grow Hope has an international focus in Liberia through the Rural Liberian Healthcare and Development Institute (RLHDI). UCC Norwell has funded projects for a library in Liberia. www.growhopefoundation.org

Jou Nouvo

Jou Nouvo, meaning "New Day" in Haitian Creole, pays tribute to the resilience of poor families, particularly women, through literacy and health instruction as well as financial programs such as sponsorship projects. www.jounouvo.org

Mer Doon

Mer Doon is a home in Armenia which houses up to 14 young women who have lived most of their lives in an orphanage, but were required to leave at the age of 18. Because of the socio-economic situation in Armenia, the government does not offer a solution of stability for these young women. Therefore, Mer Doon, or "Our Home" (the English translation), is helping to provide these women a loving environment of a home, a chance to receive an education, and an opportunity to become productive citizens in their homeland of Armenia.  www.mer-doon.com

Neighbors in Need (NIN)

This special mission offering of the United Church of Christ supports ministries that address poverty, economic development, human rights, peacemaking, violence, racial and economic justice, environmental concerns, and public policy advocacy.  www.ucc.org/nin/

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

This special mission offering of the United Church of Christ supports programs internationally for building sustainable communities, welcoming refugees and reconstructing lives following disasters.  www.ucc.org/oghs/

Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM)

UCC congregations everywhere are connected to one another, across boundaries and neighborhood, class, race, and national borders. OCWM refers to the financial support given by UCC members and congregations that make our broader mission possible. In addition to an annual contribution, UCC Norwell participates in special offerings as well as "Blanket Sunday," where money is collected for blankets which are later distributed by Church World Services to those in need. www.ucc.org/ocwm

Outreach Uganda

Formed to help empower the poor people in Uganda, especially women and children, through education, women’s empowerment and training, and income-generation projects to help families become self-sustaining and to overcome their poverty, Outreach Uganda is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. There are numerous ways to help them: visit the website below to purchase the women’s beaded jewelry and many other products online; help sell their products at home bead parties or at local craft fairs; sponsor a child to help pay their school fees (or send a general tax deductible donation); volunteer to help in the U.S. in other ways; or sign up for one of the two mission trips to Uganda each year to help volunteer. www.outreachuganda.org

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Working in El Salvador with ASAPROSAR
Outreach Uganda
Precious Angels
Asaprosar Central American Ministries
UCC Team working at Habitat in El Salvador
Asaprosar Laurie & Alyssa at local school
Asaprosar Eloise with children
Asaprosar Terminal 2007 El Salvador
Asaprosar 3 Girls carrying mass on their heads