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Greater Boston Humanists Message Board › Boston Humanists Begin Monthly Season with Lunch and a Speaker TOMORROW

Boston Humanists Begin Monthly Season with Lunch and a Speaker TOMORROW

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Hi, everyone on the Greater Boston Humanists MeetUp,

Here is a reminder that you're invited to our first 'Third Sunday' lunch and meeting tomorrow, September 18 at 1 pm at Harvard's Phillips Brooks House. We'll provide delicious pizza and a talk by Sebastian Velez, a Harvard evolutionary biologist on "Humanism and Charity: Family Planning in the Dominican Republic". Sebastian is founder-director of 'Children of the Border', an NGO operating in the border area between the Dominican Republic and Haiti which provides health services to children and pregnant women guided by Humanist values. MORE on that topic and logistics below (as well as on

NOTE: The Secular communities of New England are going from strength to strength and we know there are multiple events on some days, so we hope you'll mark your calendars for our monthly meetings which will include food and a talk each THIRD SUNDAY! Our apologies if you did not check our MeetUp and so are hearing about this event late. Our group's main website is currently experiencing access difficulties too, but we are working to get everything running smoothly soon! In the meantime, check our MeetUp Group for more details of our upcoming OCTOBER 16 Event, same place and time!


After several years working the area, workers at the NGO 'Children of the Border' realized that the main problem of the population was an uncontrolled birth rate: most women did not want more children, but had no access to birth control methods or education. Starting with a small pilot just providing free tubal ligations in 2006, the project now employs four staff distributing oral contraceptives/condoms, has a part-time staff doctor and operates a clinic serving hundreds of households across five of the poorest communities in the area. NGO staff not only provide education and free birth control pills and shots, but visit every house monthly to answer questions, deliver contraceptives and gather data on the effectiveness of the program. Birth rates have dropped dramatically, but the population and the NGO still face many challenges.

Sebastian will speak about the contraceptive distribution program, the challenges the NGO faces, and the philosophical issues regarding Humanism and charity. A Q and A will follow. The program comes to an end at 4:00 PM. Note that our meeting day henceforth is the Third Sunday of the month. October 16, a Third Sunday, will be our next gathering. Free Parking will be available in the Littauer Lot between the Science Center and the Law School. Enter the parking area via the Dworkin entrance from Oxford St. Call GBHum Executive Director Tom Ferrick, at 617-547-1497 if you need directions or for any reason at all. Hope to see you there!


Stuart and the organizers at GBH

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