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September 21, 2010

Amber Munger ’08 Continues Work in Haiti, Founds Article 29 Organization

Class of 2008 alumna Amber Munger, who has worked on and off for various humanitarian organizations in Haiti for thirteen years, is the founder and director of the Article 29 Organization.

A29, as it is called, takes its name from Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.” With this statement as its mission, A29 seeks to be a community development and empowerment organization that works to eliminate poverty in rural Haitian communities through changes in education, public health, sustainable agriculture, access to water, reforestation, women’s rights, and areas where economic or social rights are implicated.

With the help of Oregon Law students and professors, A29, which has been active in Haiti since May 2010, was formally incorporated in Oregon in July. Since it’s inception, A29 has made remarkable progress in Haiti. The organization is partnering with the Maya Nut Institute to develop a reforestation, health, education, and women’s empowerment project that will result in the establishment of food forests throughout the region; engaging graduate students from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in executing two comprehensive reports for the Anse Rouge region that will be used to develop a community-based health strategy for the region; securing and transporting medical supplies to health clinics in the Anse Rough region; partnering with experts to develop a comprehensive plan for salt production and iodization in Haiti; developing irrigation systems for the Anse Rogue region; and sponsoring a local peasant organization in the planning and execution of a regional women’s day march that took place in April.

A29’s goals for the coming year include the construction of a secondary school using sustainable materials; securing partners to assist in the construction of water infrastructure in zones with limited access to water; and financing the construction of ecological toilets for the public market in the village.

For more complete information on the Article 29 Organization, its accomplishments, and it’s goals, visit article29organization.org.

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