Fwd: A brighter day
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:42:05 -0800 (PST)
I'm sharing this email from UUSC in case you haven't already seen it and
signed the holiday card.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Chara Itoka, UUSC <info [at] uusc.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Subject: A brighter day
To: sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

   Dear Scott,

When faced with all the injustice in the world, I find hope in people who
are demonstrating their resilience and claiming their power in the midst of

I’m writing to invite you to share a moment of joy with us at UUSC.* Please
sign a holiday card to communities living near the Kakamega rain forest in
Kenya. <http://actnow.uusc.org/site/R?i=sKdj5OHPI3C5xD2VUpk9kQ> *Their
successful efforts to protect the food, water, and natural environment on
which they rely truly give reason for hope.

People in Kakamega are already experiencing the effects of climate change,
in the form of unpredictable rainfall and challenges growing crops.

And yet these communities, which have a long history of successfully
protecting their rain forest through the UUSC-supported Hope in Crops
project, are finding new ways to grow food and protect their access to
clean water.

Join us in sending a holiday card to families participating in Hope in
Crops to celebrate their efforts and wish them joy in the year ahead! *All
you need to do is add your name and, if you would like, a short comment
with your well wishes.*

The situation in Kakamega wasn’t always so bright. Chrisantus Mwandihi, who
grew up there, spent years unjustly imprisoned for his activism to save the
rain forest. When Chrisantus left prison, he started Hope in Crops to
preserve the environment while also engaging community members in
sustainable agriculture.

“Finally, now I can go to the home of any of our members, at any time of
the year, and there will be food,” Chrisantus recently said. “There was not
before. More and more communities are seeing that our families are

This holiday season, *sign the card to UUSC’s friends at Hope in Crops, to
wish them a wonderful year ahead.*

Best wishes,

Chara Itoka
Associate Director for Program and Partner Support
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

PS. The recent winter solstice is a turning point; each day will be
brighter than the one before in the months ahead. It’s an apt time to thank
people in Kenya whose work provides hope throughout the year. *Sign the
holiday card today!*

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