Archive - June 28, 2016

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Michelle Obama Pushes for Girls’ Education in Liberia with Peace Corps Director
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New York RPCV Story Slam

Michelle Obama Pushes for Girls’ Education in Liberia with Peace Corps Director

  from a Voice of America Article U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visited a leadership camp for girls Monday in Liberia, part of an effort to promote girls’ education in Africa. Obama met with young women in Kakata at a project sponsored by the Peace Corps, after receiving a red-carpet welcome in Liberia’s capital that included traditional dancers. Earlier in the day, she met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected woman head of state in Africa. The U.S. first lady is traveling with her daughters — Malia, 18, who graduated from high school this year, and Sasha, 15 — as well as the girls’ grandmother, Marian Robinson. Their six-day trip includes stops in Morocco and Spain, and will highlight Let Girls Learn, one of Michelle Obama’s core initiatives. The program addresses obstacles — such as forced marriage, poverty and violence — that keep more than 62 million girls . . .

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New York RPCV Story Slam

  RPCV NYC held its 5th Annual Story Slam on the upper West Side on Saturday night, June 25th, at Hostelling International. A packed house of RPCVs, and would be PCVs, heard eleven, mostly humorous, tales from Peace Corps life. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New York City is a nonprofit group connected with the NPCA It is made up of, mostly, recent (i.e., within the last ten or fifteen years) PCVs. This group, like all RPCV groups, either by location or country of service, is involved in fund raising projects of countries where they serviced, and also for local NYC projects. Donations at the door (suggested $5) went to help underfunded project through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. That said, what was the evening like? My experience with RPCVs and their stories over the last 55 years is that all of us have one good paragraph, one great story, . . .

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