Author - John Coyne

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A Covid-19 Response Corps Can Help Stop the Pandemic
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SWAHILI ON THE PRAIRIE – A film by David Goldenberg (Kenya)
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RPCV Peter Navarro (Thailand) warned Trump of pandemic
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RPCV evaluator writes: “The Rice Must Reach the People”
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The Peace Corps partners with federal agencies to connect Volunteers with jobs
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Preparing for the Peace Corps 60th Anniversary (Philippines)
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RPCV Maeve Kennedy McKean is missing boater (Mozambique)
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An Invitation from Roland Merullo (Micronesia)
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Coronavirus Sent Peace Corps Volunteers Home. It Could Also Give Them A New Mission
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A Writer Writes–Living with Africa for a Lifetime by Mark G. Wentling (Africa)

A Covid-19 Response Corps Can Help Stop the Pandemic

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Mother Martha Driscoll (Ethiopia 1965-67)     A Covid-19 Response Corps Can Help Stop the Pandemic Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Could Be Readily Mobilized   April 6, 2020 From: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) are members of the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. Over the past two years we have been proud and active members of the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. This past fall, the Commission published its final report, Ending the Cycle of Crisis and Complacency in U.S. Health Security, in which we recommended the establishment of a U.S. Global Health Crises Response Corps to respond rapidly to outbreaks that occur in insecure settings overseas. Today, our country is confronting an unprecedented public health crisis within our own borders. The Covid-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have seen . . .

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SWAHILI ON THE PRAIRIE – A film by David Goldenberg (Kenya)

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Bob Gribbin (Kenya 1968-70)       David Goldenberg (Kenya 1968-70) has produced a documentary film about his  training group and service overseas. This training program was one of the last to be done in the U.S.  Goldenberg’s film premiered in North Dakota last January because that is where they trained and where it all began. You can find Swahili on the Prairie at Vimeo. After the Peace Corps, David received his PhD from Brown University in anthropology and then had a long career working for (primarily child-focused) NGOs.  He worked for Plan International for about 15 years and then was a consultant for Plan, CARE, Save the Children, and other agencies. He started making documentaries about 20 years ago.  In the build up to his group’s 50th anniversary in 2018, he decided to make a film about their experience.  He traveled around the . . .

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RPCV Peter Navarro (Thailand) warned Trump of pandemic

    Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic A memo from Peter Navarro (Thailand 1972-75) said failure to contain a coronavirus outbreak could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses. It is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials. By Maggie Haberman Published April 6, 2020 New York Times Updated April 7, 2020, 12:46 a.m. ET   A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death. The warning, written in a memo by Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, is the highest-level alert known to have circulated inside the West Wing as the administration was taking its first substantive steps to confront a crisis . . .

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RPCV evaluator writes: “The Rice Must Reach the People”

    Robert G. (Mick) McGuire was a Volunteer teacher at Raishahi University, East Pakistan, and he was subsequently briefly an evaluator for the Peace Corps. He wrote this essay for the 1966 Peace Corps Volunteer, one article of 14 that focused on what the Peace Corps should become by 1976. • The Rice Must Reach the People by Robert G. McGuire III (Pakistan 1961-63) What will the Peace Corps be in 1976? The destiny of the Peace Corps is tied to the forces at work in the world. Therefore, to ensure our relevance to development, which is on of the major forces of our era, we must try year by year to maintain an acute sensitivity to the economic, political, and social forces in the developing nations. My own bias is that the Peace Corps must justify itself solely in terms of its contribution to the development of the . . .

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The Peace Corps partners with federal agencies to connect Volunteers with jobs

Peace Corps partners with federal agencies to connect volunteers with jobs 4/3/2020 11:25 PM WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps is partnering with a host of federal agencies to hold webinars and virtual job fairs where evacuated Peace Corps volunteers can find jobs as they adjust to life in the United States. “We are here to support our volunteers in every way possible,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “Our volunteers have given so much to the world, and we are working tirelessly to ensure their smooth transition to life back in the United States. We also want to recognize our outstanding government partners who are eager to hire returned Peace Corps volunteers and have supported us through this challenging time.” Returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) can find the full list of virtual job fairs by logging in  here. The participating government agencies are: Small Business Administration Department of Labor Housing . . .

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Preparing for the Peace Corps 60th Anniversary (Philippines)

Preparing for the Peace Corps 60th Anniversary Next year the Peace Corps celebrates 60 years of service. Recently I received a gift of several early Peace Corps Volunteer magazines from Patricia (Silke) Edmisten (Peru 1962-64) that she is donating to the new NPCA museum. Leafing through the material this morning I came across the March 1966 issue of the magazine. In this issue was a special tribute to Shriver, who had just finished his 5 years of service, and an article on Jack Hood Vaughn, the second director of the agency. I don’t remember seeing the issue back in ’66, but then I was in Ethiopia as an APCD and must have been too busy to read it. (You know how ‘demanding’ those Volunteers can be!) The bulk of the issue had a section entitled: PEACE CORPS: 1976 That introductory paragraph read: This began as an anniversary puzzle: If the . . .

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RPCV Maeve Kennedy McKean is missing boater (Mozambique)

    Member of Kennedy family and her son identified as missing boaters in Chesapeake Bay By Rachel Weiner Peter Hermann Dana Hedgpeth Washington Post April 3, 2020 Two boaters who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis on Thursday evening have been identified as Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her 8-year-old son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean. David McKean confirmed his wife and son disappeared on Thursday afternoon while in a canoe on the Chesapeake Bay. In a brief interview with The Washington Post, he said the family had gathered at a waterfront house owned by his wife’s mother, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, in Shady Side, Md. At about 4 p.m., children were kicking a ball back and forth in a yard and the ball went into the water. He said his wife and son “popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out than . . .

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An Invitation from Roland Merullo (Micronesia)

Dear Friends and Readers, Many people are doing something to ease the strain of the corona virus quarantine, so my friend and publisher, Peter Sarno, and I came up with the idea to offer a serialized novel. There is no charge for it. Peter and I aren’t collecting names or information in any way. It is meant simply as entertainment in bleak times. Like most authors, I have several books that, for one reason or another, have never seen the light of day. Bring Me a Higher Love is one of them. From time to time over the years since I composed it, I’ve gone back and read through it again and made changes, but it has basically been floating around in the clouds as in an e-copy, and sitting in a drawer in my office in a hard copy. For a long time, I’ve been fascinated by the relationship between sex . . .

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Coronavirus Sent Peace Corps Volunteers Home. It Could Also Give Them A New Mission

From NPR Coronavirus Sent Peace Corps Volunteers Home. It Could Also Give Them A New Mission April 1, 2020 ELENA RENKEN Photos by Adam Greenberg Peace Corps volunteer Adam Greenberg worked to develop fish farming in Zambia. He took this selfie on March 23, en route to San Diego, the final destination of his evacuation. Imagine this: One minute you’re a volunteer doing work that you find incredibly meaningful in a faraway place. Then you get a notice – evacuate immediately. Suddenly you’re back home, probably feeling down and definitely jobless. That’s the situation that over 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers found themselves in after an unprecedented evacuation order in mid-March. The reason: fear of coronavirus. The Peace Corps explains that it didn’t want its volunteers stranded abroad if travel became impossible. Yet they’re stranded in a way now that they are back, ineligible for unemployment benefits because of their volunteer status . . .

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A Writer Writes–Living with Africa for a Lifetime by Mark G. Wentling (Africa)

Living with Africa for a Lifetime by Mark G. Wentling (Honduras 1967–69, Togo 1970–73; PC Staff: Togo, Gabon, Niger 1973–77) My friends say I was born and raised in Kansas, but I was made in Africa. After a lifetime of doing almost nothing except dreaming, thinking, reading, writing about and working in Africa, I can see why this is said about me. I first stepped on the continent in 1970 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and stayed much longer than expected. I ended up knowing firsthand in varying degrees each of Africa’s 54 countries. My marriages to African women, the raising of our children in Africa and my close involvement with my extended families taught me a great deal about what makes Africa tick. I never planned to spend a lifetime so wrapped up with Africa. One thing led to another and most of the time I did . . .

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