Archive - May 2014

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RPCV Women to be recruited for Breast Cancer Study
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Talking With Marty Ganzglass (Somalia 1966-68)
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A Christmas in Cinco Pinos by Jim Graham (Nicaragua 1970-71)
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Books by Peace Corps Writers — March & April, 2014
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Kate Puzey Act, Peace Corps and the Office of the Inspector General: a Guide to Reports
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From Huffington Post: Peace Corps Rape Survivors Lobby Congress For Fair Abortion Coverage
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Peace Corps & Rotary Announce Collaboration to Promote Global Development and Volunteer Service
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Eloise Hanner publishes POSTED IN PARAGUAY with Peace Corps Writers
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The Peace Corps Lawyers (As Always) Running the Agency
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Review of George W. Norton's (Colombia 1971-73) Hunger and Hope

RPCV Women to be recruited for Breast Cancer Study

Baylor  University has received a grant from the Congressional Directed Medical Research Project and administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. to study the potential of chloroquine to reduce the risk of breast cancer. (Corrected: July 2015)Chloroquine was taken to guard against malaria. Aralen is the name I knew for the the drug. This study group at Baylor has partnered with the National Peace Corps Association to locate women who served in the Peace Corps between 1961 and 1990.  This is not an official study of the United States Peace Corps. Here are  the important links to learn more about the study. National Peace Corps Association cancer study page is now live: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2014/05/rpcvs-and-breast-cancer-prevention-study/ National Peace Corps Association  also have a blog post on it: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/cancerstudy/ The Baylor study will use an innovative sampling method, Respondent Driven Sampling, that requires each respondent to name and refer more respondents to the study. Here is . . .

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Talking With Marty Ganzglass (Somalia 1966-68)

Cannons for the Cause, is an historical novel about the struggle to bring heavy cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, NY to Cambridge, Massachusetts, a distance of more than 300 miles, in the brutal winter of 1775-1776. It is the first in a series of novels that Marty is planning to write about the American Revolution. Cannons for the Cause has recently been published by Peace Corps Writers. Marty, what is your background? Where did you to go college? I am a graduate of C.C.N.Y, (B.A., 1961) and Harvard Law School, (LL.B, 1964). And your Peace Corps history? I served in Somalia from 1966-1968 (Somali IV), as legal adviser to the Somali National Police Force.  I taught the penal and criminal procedure codes at the Police Academy, provided general advice to the Police Commandant, specific advice to Police Officers who prosecuted criminal cases, drafted some legislation, and wrote a casebook on the Somali . . .

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A Christmas in Cinco Pinos by Jim Graham (Nicaragua 1970-71)

Jim Graham was in Nicaragua (1970-71) and returning home he did everything from working construction to being a newspaper sports editor, then he got involved in electronics and ran two companies in the industry. Today he lives in Winter Garden, Florida. Of his writing, Jim says: When President Kennedy introduced the Peace Corps I was excited.  The year before having visited Peru with a student exchange program I was enamored with Spanish culture. I graduated from Stetson University with a degree in English Literature in 1969. The next year I joined one of the first Peace Corps units to go into Nicaragua, Central America.  In 1970 and ’71 we working in the “promotion and development” of rural electric cooperatives, our assignment. I was stationed on a large mountain in Northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras. Two days before Christmas 1972 a massive earthquake destroyed 75% of Managua, the capitol . . .

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Books by Peace Corps Writers — March & April, 2014

To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, click on the book cover, the bold book title or the format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance that will help support our annual writers awards. • When British Honduras Became Belize — 1971–1973: A Peace Corps Memoir by Ted W. Cox (Sierra Leone 1969–71, Belize 1971–73) Old World Deli Publications Department $16.95 (paperback) 456 pages 2014 • Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Kenya 1987-89) Groundwood Books $ 16.95 (hardback); $9.99 (Kindle) 212 pages April 2014 • Indian Summer: A Love Letter to India and the Story of India 29 Arthur J. Frankel (India 1966–68) AuthorHouse $29.95 (hardcover); $22.95 (paperback); $7.99 (Kindle) 296 pages 2014 • Cannons for the Cause: A Novel of the American Revolution by Martin R. Ganzglass (Somalia 1966–68) Peace Corps Writers $11.69 (paperback) 338 . . .

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Kate Puzey Act, Peace Corps and the Office of the Inspector General: a Guide to Reports

First Response Action is the advocacy group created by RPCV Casey Frazee and fellow RPCV women who had been sexually assaulted during their service. These are the brave women whose work resulted in the passage of the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011. To read more about the organization, here is the link: http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com The legislation was designed to provide protocols and procedures to protect serving Volunteers and to ensure that if sexual assault unfortunately occurred, that the Volunteer would receive immediate care, based on best practices. The current  concern is  about how well the Peace Corps agency has fully implemented all the mandates of that law. The Office of the Inspector General for the Peace Corps evaluated  the implementation of the law and issued its current report, signed by all parties on November 13, 2013. The process of preparing such a report and giving the agency time . . .

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From Huffington Post: Peace Corps Rape Survivors Lobby Congress For Fair Abortion Coverage

Peace Corps Rape Survivors Lobby Congress For Fair Abortion Coverage From Huffington Post Today Posted: 05/06/2014 10:22 am EDT Updated: 3 hours ago Christine Carcano joined the Peace Corps in 2011, two months after graduating from college, because she wanted to travel the world and promote public health. But she had only served four of her expected 27 months in a rural town in Peru when she says a local man from her community raped her. “I didn’t tell anyone in my town,” she told The Huffington Post in an interview. “I was in denial. I thought if I didn’t talk about it and didn’t think about it, it would go away on its own.” Weeks later, when Carcano developed pelvic inflammatory disease as a result of the rape, she had to travel to Lima, Peru, for medical treatment. She finally admitted to the Peace Corps’ medical providers what had happened to her. . . .

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Peace Corps & Rotary Announce Collaboration to Promote Global Development and Volunteer Service

PRESS OFFICE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 5, 2014 Peace Corps & Rotary Announce Collaboration to Promote Global Development and Volunteer Service Initial pilot in the Philippines, Thailand and Togo WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko today signed a letter of collaboration strengthening the organizations’ cooperation in the United States and abroad to promote global development and volunteer service. “The missions of our two organizations reflect and reinforce each other,” Hessler-Radelet said. “In our increasingly interconnected world, bringing the Peace Corps and Rotary together in common cause provides more opportunity than ever to leave a greater impact.” At Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Ill., the two organizations committed to explore initial collaboration in the Philippines, Thailand and Togo. Across these three countries, Peace Corps and Rotary volunteers will be encouraged to share resources and expertise, and . . .

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Eloise Hanner publishes POSTED IN PARAGUAY with Peace Corps Writers

Posted in Paraguay is not the usual Peace Corps book — a first time voyage of discovery — because Eloise and Chuck Hanner had done it all before — twenty-five years before. That was back in 1971 when they left, newly married and newly graduated, for a Peace Corps assignment in Afghanistan. It had been a terrific experience and they swore at the time they would do it again — maybe when they were old and retired. But when they turned fifty (not old or retired) they found themselves bored with their stock-brokerage careers and in need of a new direction. Despite admonitions from Thomas Wolfe, who warned “you can’t go home again,” they decided to join the Peace Corps once more. Although this time they wanted to serve in a Spanish speaking country, and a way to use their business background. The Peace Corps recruiter had just the ticket: . . .

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The Peace Corps Lawyers (As Always) Running the Agency

Investigators use Peace Corps act to push for information on sexual assaults By Kelly Riddell from The Washington Times, Thursday, May 1, 2014 In 2009, Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey was found on the porch of her hut with her throat slit shortly after she reported to authorities a colleague she suspected of molesting girls they had taught in the West African village. The 24-year-old’s death exposed what some critics called a decades-old “blame the victim” culture at the Peace Corps, where sexual assaults often were dismissed or went unreported. After a two-year legislation campaign led by congressional Republicans, President Obama signed into law the Kate Puzey Act to grant whistleblower protection, improve treatment of sexual assault victims and implement preventive training and education at the Peace Corps. But the administration’s opaque interpretation of that law is thwarting inquiries by the Peace Corps inspector general, who is tasked with overseeing . . .

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Review of George W. Norton's (Colombia 1971-73) Hunger and Hope

Hunger and Hope by George W. Norton (Colombia 1971–73) Waveland Press, Inc. 179 pages $18.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) 2014 Reviewed by Ronald A Schwarz (Colombia 1961–63) In 1961 Sargent Shriver relentlessly cornered members of Congress to establish the Peace Corps. His assets were vision, passion, charm and chutzpah. If he returned to the agency today, he would have other tools in his box. One of the most useful would be Hunger and Hope by George W. Norton. In the early 1970s, George and his wife Marj were volunteers with the Coffee Federation in Colombia. Later he earned a doctorate in Agricultural Economics and began his career as a professor, international consultant and author (his list of scientific publications covers 20 pages). Hunger and Hope addresses the complex factors related to poverty, hunger and agricultural development in a readable and deeply personal manner.  Anecdotes drawn from Norton’s Peace Corps years complement . . .

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