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UUSC advances human rights and social justice. Our innovative approaches and impact are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent dignity and rights.
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The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is guided by a simple phrase: all people have inherent worth, power, and dignity. Since its founding during WWII, UUSC and supporters have actively pursued innovative ways to address some of the most pressing human rights issues of the day —providing support to people confronting oppression, coordinating relief efforts with community leaders in the wake of disasters, and building networks of coalitions that have grown to span the world today. Founders, leaders, Board members, and representatives who have been part of UUSC’s history have made significant impacts on the human rights issues they worked…

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Located across Buca Bay from mainland Fiji, Kioa Island is resplendent with steep volcanic slopes and brightly wooded mountains. Fishing, handicraft, root farming, and copra processing for coconut oil generate just enough revenue to support the island.  Although Kioans are citizens of Fiji, they have a history and culture all their own. In 1947, residents of Vaitupu, one of the nation of Tuvalu’s eight coral reef islands, purchased Kioa and resettled to the then-uninhabited island, bringing their culture and traditions with them.  “Kioa Island, our new ‘home away from home,’ maintains the practices, language, cultures and the social norms inherited from Vaitupu,” explains Maina Talia, the co-director of Kioa Island Community Organization (KICO), the only non-governmental organization established and led by the people of Kioa. Given Kioa’s relatively recent history, its people are still working to establish a secure footing and resilient future for generations to come, for example through…