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“My hope is that this book will take you on a journey to reignite your adventurer within, shift your perspective, and inspire possibility in your own life.”
Needle in a Haystack: Searching for the Last Cases of Smallpox in Ethiopia and the World
Benjamin F. Crabtree (Ethiopia 1974-75)
Peace Corps Writers
The Peace Corps announcement describing the Smallpox Eradication Program in Ethiopia seemed too good to be true. As I read it again and again, I became more and more excited about what sounded to me like a paid two-year hiking and camping trip in Africa:
“Usually there are no roads to the infected area, so you must walk or go by mule. In fact, this is probably the most important qualification for the job – love of the outdoors and hiking. Most of the work must be done away from the nearest road, sometimes as much as a week’s mule ride just to get to the area. You will go to places where no health worker has ever been before. The job can be very physically uncomfortable, for instance, sleeping in the back of a car after just having spent two hours trying to dig yourself out of a mud hole. But, if you like seeing a full sky of stars, and not hearing a car or airplane for weeks at a time, then this could be a job you would enjoy.”
Immense Missed Opportunities – IMO identifies the vast and largely untapped potential for high-impact, low-cost interventions to reduce poverty, food insecurity, economic migration and gender-based violence. Extreme poverty has marginalized people living on the front lines of those problems and who have, perhaps the greatest potential to help solve those problems.
Two women, nearly a century apart, seek to rebuild their lives when they reluctantly leave their homelands. Arriving in Singapore, they find romance in a tropical paradise, but also find they haven’t left behind the dangers that caused them to flee.
My University of the World: Adventures of an International Film & Media Maker
by Neill McKee (Borneo 1973-74)
FS Creations LLC Publisher
$9.99 (Kindle); $23.95 (paperback)
Two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia with my wife, Jackie. I sat down in June 2019 to write Gaels on Three, my first book, with an opening sentence, “I was a rookie math teacher at St. Ethel…” I knew a large part of it would be about kids and basketball and the people in that world. And that it would be funny. I thought I knew enough stories and characters and basketball to make it both funny and credible. In truth, I simply love the book. I couldn’t fi nish it because I kept going back over it, not wanting to lose touch with the people in it. I hope you will read it and like it as well.