Archive - January 24, 2017

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First Ever Peace Corps Volunteer Dies in San Francisco (Ghana)
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What Will President Trump’s Reinstatement of the So-Called “Gag Order” mean for Serving Peace Corps Volunteers?

First Ever Peace Corps Volunteer Dies in San Francisco (Ghana)

Fellow Ghana PCV Ed Mycue reported the sad news that Tom Livingston (Ghana 1961-63) died today, January 24, 2017, in Oakland, California Kaiser Hosptial. Tom is credited with being the first ever PCV when he took up his post in 1961 as an English teacher at a secondary school in Dodowa, Ghana. – Gerald T. Rice in his definitive history of the first years of the Peace Corps, The Bold Experiment JFK’s Peace Corps published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 1985 and based on his Ph.D. dissertation from the University of Glasgow tells how the Volunteers arrived at Accra airport in Ghana on August 30, 1961. (The Volunteers bound for Tanzania did not arrive until a day later.) The Ghana PCVs began to travel to their assignments in different parts of Ghana two weeks later. On September 12, 1961, Tom Livingston became the first Volunteer to begin working overseas. – . . .

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What Will President Trump’s Reinstatement of the So-Called “Gag Order” mean for Serving Peace Corps Volunteers?

President Trump has issued an Executive Order in which  “Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-abortion-men_us_5886369be4b0e3a7356a7910 During Director Carrie Hessler-Radalet tenure, Peace Corps established working partnerships with many organizations, including Health Organizations.  A list of those partnerships  was posted on  Peace Corps World Wide on March 2, 2015.  It included a list of all the partnerships that Peace Corps had at that time. I don’t know how many are still operative. Most of the agreements were for three years.  I know that the partnership with the Global Health Service has been renewed. I . . .

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