Archive - March 1, 2021

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Happy Birthday CorpsAfrica!
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AMERICAN WAY, 3/2021 – “The Peace Corps turns 60”
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE Op-ed: “Abolishing the Peace Corps would be a mistake”
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Peace Corps at 60: “Service changed lives of Valley Volunteers in Sunbury, PA”
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Ghana News Agency — “US Peace Corps is Sixty Years in Ghana Today”

Happy Birthday CorpsAfrica!

  We launched CorpsAfrica ten years ago today, on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, to pass along the baton to deserving and ambitious young Africans who were eager to serve communities in need in their own countries. It has been an incredible decade. Despite all the blood sweat, and (gallons of) tears expended, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m proud of what our growing team has achieved over the last ten years. Hundreds of CorpsAfrica Volunteers have served in Morocco, Senegal, Malawi, and Rwanda, and every step along the way they have provided thousands of hours of training, coaching, networking, resource-sharing, morale boosting, and more to help them succeed in their communities. We are creating a model of effective and accountable development and a workforce of young Africans of the very highest caliber. We’ve coined the slogan, “This Is CorpsAfrica,” to convey just how this dynamic group is . . .

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE Op-ed: “Abolishing the Peace Corps would be a mistake”

    By LARA WEBER (Zambia 2000-02) CHICAGO TRIBUNE | FEB 28, 2021   “Why should you, a white woman, go work in Africa?” The question was from an African American newsroom colleague, and it knocked me back. It was the late 1990s, and I had just announced that I was joining the Peace Corps, assigned to a remote public health post in Zambia, in southern Africa. I’d applied to the Peace Corps primarily to set aside my journalist’s notebook and experience life beyond my own bubble, to better understand the world by immersing myself in hands-on work. I liked the Peace Corps’ grassroots approach to development work — that we would be working as partners with local community members, not as “experts” or advisers. My colleague caught whiffs of neocolonialism. Neither of us used the terms “white savior” or “white privilege,” but that’s what we were talking about. Now, the . . .

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Peace Corps at 60: “Service changed lives of Valley Volunteers in Sunbury, PA”

  By Rick Dandes The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa. Feb. 28—At a time when the Peace Corps has suspended all operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recalled 7,300 volunteers from 60 countries — a first for the six-decade-old program — six former volunteers with Valley connections recall the value of their “life-changing” experiences and praised the virtues of the far-off locations where they served. Whether assigned to primitive villages in Africa in the 1980s, emerging democracies in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, or more recently to South America, they all joined the Peace Corps out of a desire to serve their country and to help people in need, using skills they already had or acquired in college. The Peace Corps will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Monday. Signed into existence by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps is a service organization with volunteers usually . . .

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Ghana News Agency — “US Peace Corps is Sixty Years in Ghana Today”

  By  Ghana News Agency  Feb 28, 2021   To say that the activities of US Peace Corps have made a tremendous impact in many communities across Ghana is an understatement. Ever since the first group of volunteers touched the soil of Ghana some six decades ago, many lives have been positively impacted and destinies changed for the good of society. The little things that make life better when done wholeheartedly in the midst of lack of resources and difficulties, leave indelible sweet memories on the minds of beneficiaries as their lives are touched in a very different but special way. So is the story of a large number of people who have had the opportunity to be served as United States Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana. HISTORY The Peace Corps is an independent agency and volunteer programme run by the United States Government to provide International social and economic development . . .

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