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Peace Corps announces online panel with RPCVs about “How Faith Interacts with Service”
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RPCV Breast Cancer Research Update
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Museum of the Peace Corps Experience in Portland, Oregon
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More Links about Benghazi attack
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Leaving El Salvador the First Time
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JFK Library Has Four RPCV Oral Histories Online: Listen
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IBM and Peace Corps join in new Peace Corps Response Partnership
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Annual Report of the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council
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Letters from Nurses in the Peace Corps
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Peace Corps Reports on Volunteer Safety and Security

Peace Corps announces online panel with RPCVs about “How Faith Interacts with Service”

Peace Corps is going to host an online panel of RPCVs who will discuss how their faith influenced their service. It is necessary to register to “join the session.”  I have copied the announcement, here.  If you wish to register,  go to the Peace Corps web page at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/meet/events/25119/   Here is the announcement: “Religion Abroad – How Faith Interacts with Service Online Date 04/08/2016 Time 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Pacific) Description How does faith interact with Peace Corps service? Peace Corps service involves community integration and cultural exchange. How does faith fit in? Join us for this special online panel event as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers discuss the ways their religious backgrounds shaped their time abroad. Registration is necessary to join this session.  Please register here to attend. About the Peace Corps: Read more or watch a video about what it’s like to be a Volunteer including what Volunteers do, . . .

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RPCV Breast Cancer Research Update

The three year RPCV Breast Cancer Research Study conducted by Baylor University is completed and evidently was unable to collect sufficient data. The study was examining the possibility that women who took chloroquine (Aralen) as an anti-malaria drug had a reduced risk of breast cancer over their lifetimes. Chloroquine has been used in conjunction with chemotherapy in some breast cancer patients. Animal studies conducted at Baylor suggested that the drug may also reduce the breast cancer risk.The plan was to study a human female population that had taken chloroquine to determine if the population had a reduced risk of breast cancer. This drug, commercial name Aralen, had been given to Peace Corps Volunteers in malaria areas from 1961 to about 1990. It was discontinued as it was no longer effective against malaria. Peace Corps women were not the only population that was given this drug. The US Military also prescribed . . .

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Museum of the Peace Corps Experience in Portland, Oregon

The National Peace Corps Association’s highlighted group for the month of February is Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience. This is how the group is described: “Bringing the world home and sharing the Peace Corps experience comes in many shapes and forms. In the northwest corner of the United States, a small yet mighty group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) is focusing on presenting the Peace Corps to thousands by having a permanent museum. Read more about the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience, our National Peace Corps Association affiliate group of the month for February.” Read more at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2016/02/npca-featured-group-committee-for-a-museum-of-the-peace-corps-experience/ The Peace Corps Act (Sec. 2517. Activities promoting Americans’ understanding of other peoples) “In order to further the goal of the Peace Corps, as set forth in section 2 of this Act [22 U.S.C. 2501], relating to the promotion of a better understanding of other peoples . . .

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More Links about Benghazi attack

Thank you Tino Calabia for your penetrating review of “13 Hours.”Here are links that give more  information about the horrendous attack. The “brave soldiers” of the Benghazi movie were EX military. They had jobs as contract security for the CIA. Here is what their CIA boss says about the movie: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/former-cia-chief-in-benghazi-challenges-film-version-of-2012-attack/2016/01/15/9cf2defc-baf7-11e5-b682-4bb4dd403c7d_story.html Here is what the heartbroken father of Ambassador Stevens pleaded: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218117/Father-Ambassador-Chris-Stevens-says-abhorrent-play-politics-sons-death-Benghazi.html Here is  career foreign service officer Gregory Hicks’s testimony before Congress. Hicks recounts that he was in charge of the Embassy in Tripoli because Ambassador Stevens had gone to the Benghazi outpost on 9/11. Hicks  knew that embassies in the Mid East were being attacked.Yet, at the end of his work day, he retired to his villa and was watching TV. He missed two cell phone calls from Ambassador Stevens. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/08/transcript-whistle-blower-account-sept-11-libya-terror-attack.html

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Leaving El Salvador the First Time

Leaving El Salvador 1980 – Peace Corps left El Salvador in the Spring of 1981  for the first time.  The documents describing what was happening in El Salvador and Peace Corps were made available by the Digital National Security Archives at George Washington University.  The security situation was dominated by political tensions in Guatemala. Also, Richard Celeste was relatively newly appointed as Director of the Peace Corps. One of the issues was who would have the final decision on suspending the Peace Corps program, the Director of the Peace Corps or the Ambassador of the Country.  Here is a summary of what happened. Posted by Joanne Roll on Friday, March 9th 2012     http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/leaving-el-salvador-1980-final/ PCV Deborah Loff, who had been taken hostage on December 11 with a group of Salvadorans from a market place, was released after eleven days. Loff was home for Christmas. But, Peace Corps continued to struggle with . . .

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JFK Library Has Four RPCV Oral Histories Online: Listen

One of the many hidden treasures of Peace Corps history is the RPCV Oral History Collection at the JFK Library, begun more than fifteen years ago by RPCV Robert Klein,(Ghana I). Bob interviewed members of Ghana I for his book, Being First: An Informal History of the Early Peace Corps Robert Klein (Ghana 1961-63) Wheatmark, 2010 and realized how valuable those taped interviews were. He decided to expand to interview as many RPCVs as possible, at his own expense. For years, he crisscrossed the country, interviewing RPCVs and teaching them how to interview others. The JFK Library agreed to archive the tapes. There are now APPROXIMATELY 400 individual RECORDED interviews, one to three hours long. Years of service represented go from 1961 through 2015. All RPCVs may participate.  Sadly, Bob died in 2012.  His partner, RPCV Phyllis Noble, (Nigeria 65-67) has continued his work.. In an email, Phyllis wrote: “I’m delighted to talk to people about . . .

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IBM and Peace Corps join in new Peace Corps Response Partnership

Peace Corps Response originally began as the Crisis Corps. It was designed to send RPCVs overseas in short term assignments to help in emergency situations. Peace Corps Response utilized RPCVs unique cultural and language experience. Peace Corps Response Volunteers also helped prepare countries when Peace Corps was re entering previously closed countries, such as Colombia. In 2010, Peace Corps expanded the Response program to include non-professionals with ten years of experience in needed skills. Originally, the assignments were short term; three months to a year. Peace Corps Response Volunteers may have a week of orientation, but the short term nature of their assignment does not allow for the intensive language and cross-cultural training that traditional Volunteers receive. This new partnership will bring IBM professional teams to designed countries for four weeks to work with serving Peace Corps Volunteers and Host Country Counterparts on specialized projects. Here is the press release from the . . .

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Annual Report of the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council

The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 mandated that a Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council be created to evaluate the progress the agency was making on implementing that legislation.The report is made to the President, the Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Chair, House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Report was delivered on October 28, 2015. It covers the period Fiscal 2014 to Fiscal 2015. The report addresses many issues that were publicized recently. It is now available online at the Peace Corps’s official website. The Executive Summary is copied below. http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/PCAC_Annual_Report_2015.pdf “EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn the years since the Kate Puzey Act was passed, the Peace Corps has worked diligently and meticulously to implement a new Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Response Program (SARRR) that raises the bar on support and services that are provided to Volunteer victims. The Peace Corps recognized the need for change . . .

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Letters from Nurses in the Peace Corps

Letters from  Nurses in the Peace Corps was published in 1967 as a recruiting brochure. It currently is not available on the media website of the Peace Corps. Elizabeth Karr, RPCV, and Librarian at Peace Corps has said that she will help RPCVs access the brochure if the request is made to library@peacecorps.gov. When the transition to the new website, PCLive, is complete, then this digitalized historical document and others should be once again available online on that website. I have copied some letters here. As the work of Peace Corps Volunteers, particularly women, is under discussion, I wanted to show their Peace Corps work, in their own words. • • • • • Letters from Peace Corps Nurses A 1967 Peace Corps recruiting brochure . RUTH REESE WRITES FROM MALAYSIA It was a quiet Sunday when two young girls from the nearest longhouse came to fetch me to deliver . . .

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Peace Corps Reports on Volunteer Safety and Security

The Peace Corps has published the latest Statistical Report of Crimes against Volunteers for FY2014. The Report should be read, and I will not attempt to summarize it because it is so exact and comprehensive. The Report includes definitions of each category of crime and then breaks out the incidents by country and gender. I found it very difficult to read because it brings home in black and white the  difficulties that so many Volunteers are facing. Here is the link: http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/volsafety.pdf On the webpage of Peace Corps there are other direct links to various reports concerning safety and security for Volunteers. Here is the list and links. Many of these reports are for applicants and those entering service and are designed to inform them. Some remind me of the old booklets from colleges, “So Now you are going to College” “What about Safety”  This report was updated 9.2.15  Here . . .

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