Leita Kaldi Davis wins Lillian Carter Award (Senegal)


Leita Kaldi Davis wrote —

The Lillian Carter Award is given to Peace Corps Volunteers who enter service over the age of 50, in honor of President Jimmy Carter’s mother, Lillian, who went to India with Peace Corps in her sixties. It is also awarded to Returned PCVs who continue the third goal of Peace Corps, “bringing the world home to America.”

So, I’m thrilled to tell you that I have won this award! We’ll be going to Atlanta to the Carter Center May 10 to receive the award from the hands of President Jimmy Carter.

I’m so happy to share this news with you.
Leita Kaldi Davis
(Senegal 1993-96)

Leita Kaldi Davis worked for the United Nations and UNESCO, for Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University. She worked with Roma (Gypsies) for fifteen years, became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal at the age of 55, then went to work for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti for five years. She retired in Florida in 2002, and wrote a memoir of Senegal, Roller Skating in the Desert, and of Haiti, In the Valley of Atibon, as well as several travel memoirs. (amazon.com or lkaldi@hotmail.com).

Former President Jimmy Carter was joined by Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and Executive Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board Ron Stephens today to present the 2017 Lillian Carter Award in the Cecil B. Day Chapel at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.





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  • So deserving! I was so moved to be there. Super proud of my Auntie! What a great acceptance speech! Hope you enjoyed your evening! Love you! – Kimmie

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