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We thought this posting might be of interest to returned Peace
Corps volunteers, Peace Corps staff, and others in your network.
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Thanks for your help!
Asst Program Director,
Civic Education Project
Spring & Summer Job
Service-Learning Programs for Young People
Spend a week (or a month or two) this spring or summer helping
young people discover how to make a difference in the world!
The Civic Education Project (CEP)
, a leadership and citizenship
program at Northwestern University, is NOW HIRING
staff for our Spring & Summer 2007
programs. Learn more
Spring & Summer
CEP offers weeklong field study
programs for 9th-12th graders during the academic year, and
intensive, three-week service-learning courses for 7th-12th
graders during the summer. CEP programs explore complex social
issues through academic study, meaningful service work, and meetings
with community leaders, and help teach young people how to apply their
skills and abilities to pressing social issues in their own
communities. This year, CEP will offer programs in Chicago,
Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco, covering a
wide variety of topics, including urban poverty, education,
homelessness, public health, politics, leadership, and social
change. Learn more
We are looking for outstanding teachers from public and private
schools and universities, service-learning practitioners, other
education, youth development and nonprofit professionals, and graduate
and undergraduate students.
Instructional, residential, and administrative positions are
available, ranging from one-week to seven-week sessions in the
spring or summer. Staff generally receive a cash stipend,
room and board, and training in service-learning and experiential
education. However, the biggest payoff comes from the
opportunity to work with bright, motivated students, build community
with passionate, dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience
educating young people about civic engagement and social
responsibility. Learn more
How To Apply
To learn more about CEP programs and staff
positions or to apply online,
Staff applications are reviewed on a
rolling basis beginning January 8, 2007, for our spring
programs, and February 1, 2007 for our summer programs, so if
you're interested, be sure to apply right away!
You can be part of creating "eye-opening",
"mind-blowing", "life-changing" experiences for
young student leaders.
Assistant Program Director
Civic Education Project (CEP)
617 Dartmouth Place
Evanston IL 60208
Hope your New Year went well!
I have the NPCA calendars for sale $7.00. You can get them at the next dinner, Wed. January 17, 2007 at 6:30 pm. Norm will be sending more details soon. Plan on being there. If you are not able to get to the dinner then contact me (email below or 317-627-8982) , and we can make arrangements for you to get a calendar.
A couple of you have emailed me and let me know that you renewed your membership, which is great since we still need a few more to meet the quota of 10. Once we are there, I'll send in the application for the NPCA for us to be an affiliate.
Board Member positions are as follows:
- Debbie Anderson, Group Leader, ombili9@...
- Mike Cupp, Membership & Outreach, mpcupp@...
- James Phillips, Editor, jphil46222@...
- Colleen Turner, Education, turnerc@...
- Steve Wolcott, Treasurer, swolcott@...
- Norm Yeh, Social, nyeh@...
See you soon,
On a personal note: I'm job searching. If anyone knows of any jobs in the social service area, please let me know. Something in service learning would be the ideal match.
Please Forward Widely
Early Bird Rate Increases After January 20th
GLOBAL HEALTH & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: Innovation,
and Best Practices to Achieve Global Goals
Unite For Sight Fourth Annual International Health
More Than 300 Renowned Speakers from North America, Africa,
Asia, Latin America, and Europe
April 14-15, 2007 at Stanford University School of Medicine, California
Join over 1,500 leaders, doctors, professionals, and students from
continents for an engaging exchange of ideas and best practices.
April 14-15, 2007
Stanford University School of Medicine, California, USA
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in eye care, international
health, medicine, health education, health promotion, public health,
international service, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, or
EARLY BIRD RATE INCREASES AFTER JANUARY 20:
Current Rate is
SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS (20 OF THE 300 SPEAKERS) INCLUDE:
--"Millennium Development Goals, Partnerships, and Eye Care (By
Prepared Videotape)", JEFFREY SACHS, PhD, Director, Earth Institute at
Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development;
Professor of Health Policy and Management
--"Challenges in Public Health: From Smallpox and Polio Eradication
to SARS and Avian Influenza", DAVID HEYMANN, MD, MPH, Former Executive
Director for Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization
--"Public Private Partnerships to Advance Technologies for
Neglected Disease", CHRISTOPHER ELIAS, MD, MPH, President of PATH
--"The Right to Health: Towards Social Inclusion and Universal
Health Care in Latin America", ARACHU CASTRO, PhD, MPH, Assistant
Professor of Social Medicine, Academic Director; Program in Infectious
Disease and Social Change, Harvard Medical School / Partners in Heath
--"The War on AIDS - Integration Equals Impact", GEORGE GUIMARAES,
President and CEO, Project Concern International
--"Critical Health Issues in the 21st Century", SUSAN BLUMENTHAL,
MD, MPA, Former US Assistant Surgeon General, Clinical Professor of
Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University
--"The Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Promise For Their Control",
PETER HOTEZ, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of
Microbiology and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University
--"Microfinance and Health: New Synergies and Opportunities", ALEX
COUNTS, President, Grameen Foundation USA
--"Public Private Partnerships to Provide Safe Drinking Water in
Africa", GREG ALLGOOD, PhD, Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water,
Procter & Gamble
--"Antiretroviral Drugs and Issues of Drug Access and Quality in
the Developing World", TERRY BLASCHKE, MD, Professor of Medicine and
Molecular Pharmacology, Stanford University
--"Technology Social Entrepreneurship", JIM FRUCHTERMAN, Chairman
and Founder, The Benetech Initiative
--"International Women's Health and Human Rights", ANNE FIRTH
MURRAY, Founding President, The Global Fund for Women; Consulting
Professor, Human Biology Program, Stanford University
--"High Quality Eye Care To The Most Marginalized Populations: The
Challenges and Possible Solutions", GULLAPALLI N. RAO, MD, Chairman,
Board of Trustees and President, International Agency for the
Prevention of Blindness; Distinguished Chair of Eye Health, L.V. Prasad
--"Impossible Dreams - The First Ascent of the East Face of Mt.
Everest and Eradicating Blindness in Mountainous Asia", GEOFFREY TABIN,
MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Director of the
Division of International Ophthalmology, John A. Moran Eye Center,
University of Utah; Co-Director and Founder, Himalayan Cataract Project
--"Eye Care at Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana", JAMES CLARKE., MD,
Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
--"Global Progress in Preventing the Burden of Blindness and Other
Diseases Caused by Measles and Rubella", STEPHEN L. COCHI, MD, MPH,
Senior Advisor, Global Immunization Division, National Immunization
Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
--"Is Women's Health a Human Right?", MINI MURTHY, MD, MPH, MS,
Assistant Professor of Practice,New York Medical College School of
--"Young Leaders In Action: Tomorrow's Leaders But Also Today's",
WILLIAM REESE, President and CEO, International Youth Foundation
--"Community Programs With Vision", DAVID WERNER, PhD, Co-Founder,
Director of HealthWrights (Workgroup for People's Health and Rights);
Visiting Professor at Boston University International School of Public
Health; Author, "Where There Is No Doctor"
--"Medical Discovery and Social Justice: Linking Child Health with
Child Rights", PAUL WISE, MD, MPH, Richard E. Berhman Professor of
Child Health and Society, Stanford University
Hundreds of Conference Sessions For Anyone Interested In:
*Millennium Development Goals
*Health and Human Rights
*Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship
*Health in Africa
*Health in Asia
*Health in Latin America
*Global Eye Care and Vision 2020
Dear Ball State Area RPCVs:
Happy 2007! Best wishes in the New Year from the Chicago Peace
Corps Office. I am preparing for Peace Corps’ 2007 spring
recruiting at Ball State University. As in the past, I feel
it is important to keep the BSU RPCV community informed and involved in what
our office is planning. You have all played a vital role in making Ball State
University one of the best recruiting campuses in the Midwest. Thank
Here is what is new and upcoming from our office:
New Recruiter to Visit the BSU Campus:
Please welcome recruiter Hazel Domangue to the Ball State
campus this spring. Hazel will be visiting on my behalf because I will be
on maternity leave. My husband and I are expecting a son in
mid-February. Hazel is a RPCV who served in Lesotho from 2003-2005.
Some of you were able to meet Hazel this past fall when she traveled with me to
Ball State. You are all welcome to contact Hazel with any needs or
questions at hdomangue@...
Volunteers Needed on January 23rd:
On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 Peace Corps will have a
table set up at the Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Internship. The event is from noon-4pm at the BSU Alumni Center. Unfortunately,
no recruiter from our office is available to travel to Ball State for this
event. We are looking for one or more volunteers who might be able to
stand at the table for 1-2 hour shifts and talk to interested students about
the Peace Corps. Please e-mail me at jdiatta@...
if you can staff this table for any segment of time. There is a free
luncheon from 11am-noon for all volunteers.
Mark Your Calendars- Peace Corps
Reception on February 27th:
Each spring semester our office hosts a Peace Corps Reception to bring
together Ball State students who have applied for Peace Corps,
families of BSU alumni currently serving overseas, and RPCVs. Please mark
your calendars for this event. Applicants love to hear the inside scoop on
Peace Corps from you! Invitations will be mailed out in early
February. The reception will be from 6-8pm in the Center for
Guest Speaker Needed on February 28th:
Hazel will be hosting a Peace Corps information meeting for Ball
State students on Wednesday, February 28th. Recent meetings
have drawn large crowds of 75-100 students! Hazel would like to have 1-2
RPCVs come to the beginning of the meeting to talk to students from
approximately 10 minutes about their experiences in the Peace Corps. If
you are interested in being a guest speaker, please email either Hazel me.
Hazel will be recruiting on campus February 27th – March 1st, 2007. Here is a link describing all of her recruiting events: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=meet.regrec.event&eventid=76814&city=chicago
Please feel free to share this schedule with any of your students who would
like to learn more about the Peace Corps.
If you know of other RPCVs (faculty, staff or students) in the Muncie
area, please forward this e-mail to them and encourage them to contact me so I
can add them to this list.
If you prefer not to receive e-mails from me, please let me
know and I will remove your name from this list.
RPCV Senegal 1999-2001
Chicago Regional Peace Corps Office
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Dodd declares candidacy in 2008 Presidential race
Dodd scheduled an interview on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show to make the announcement. While the senator has indicated for months he was considering a White House bid, he had yet to formalize his intentions. Kathy Sullivan, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in New Hampshire, said in an interview that she had spoken to Dodd and he said, "'I'm not going to do the exploratory thing. I'm going to plunge right in.'" "People really like him. He's very smart. He's also very articulate. And I think he might have the sharpest wit of anyone in the field," Sullivan said.
Dodd voted in 2002 to authorize military intervention in Iraq, but has become an outspoken critic of the war and now calls his vote a mistake. He has said he would oppose an escalation of U.S. forces in Iraq and has said Congress should consider withholding funding for such a troop increase. Dodd has been politically active on behalf of other Democrats, raising money and campaigning for candidates across the country and headed the Democratic National Committee from 1995-96. Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic in the 1960's. Read more and leave your comments.
Dodd announces candidacy on "Imus in the Morning"
The difficulty Dodd faces trying to breakthrough the public consciousness in a race that starts off dominated by political celebrities was underscored in a good-natured exchange with radio host Don Imus. "I'll tell you who I saw last night who was very impressive was Barack Obama," Imus told Dodd. "I'm not one of those Hollywood phonies jumping on the Barack Obama bandwagon — I'm going to vote for McCain at this point," Imus added, referring to Arizona Sen. John McCain, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
"Now wait a minute, wait a minute," Dodd interjected. "I come on the program, I blow everybody else off, I announce here — at least leave the door open a little bit for me here. ... And I'm your pal — 14 years — you can't just walk away from me. You leave that door open a little bit." Chuckling, Imus responded: "I'm not walking away ... I'm not closing the door, senator."
RPCV Chris Mathews interviews RPCV Chris Dodd on Hardball
"John Kennedy, when he sent off the first Peace Corps volunteers...said you know it’s going to be a great thing in 40 or 50 years from now there will have been a million young people in this country that will have served their nation in a foreign nation..That’s going to help us in the conduct of foreign policy with a better understanding of what’s going on. Well, there have only been 170,000 of us, Chris, that have come back as Peace Corps volunteers, but that experience was life altering and changing. You respected other people, you listened to them. It gives you a better perspective on your own
country. I came back with a deeper appreciation of what the United States was and what it could do as a result of that experience."
Read Senator Dodd's recent speech about his vision for the Peace Corps.
Read about Senator Dodd's strong support for the Peace Corps over the years.
Malawi RPCVs Garry Prime, Michael Hill, and Kevin Denny founded "Orphan Support" to foster effective and sustainable programs in Africa that improve the protection and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children
The Mission of Orphan Support Africa is to support communities in Africa through WORKING WITH effective and sustainable programs, which improve the well being of orphans and vulnerable children and nurture these children to become self-reliant adults. By 2010 there will be 20 million OVC in Africa, while today only 10% are receiving any kind of service.
In Malawi alone, the 4th poorest country in the world, with a population of under 12 million, There are nearly 1 million orphans. Orphan Support Africa is making a difference. It developed from two successful OVC systems of care. The Malawi Children’s (MCV) began delivering comprehensive services ten years ago in a structure that was replicated by The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme (TMT) in southern Tanzania three years ago. Currently these two organizations serve almost 8,000 OVC in 66 villages. Each delivers services at roughly $30 per orphan per year. Each has a staff made up mostly of volunteers.
Orphan Support Africa is a new organization with deep roots. It's five founders have a combined history of over one hundred and fifty years of commitment to sub-Saharan Africa and have already established community based orphan care programs in Malawi and Tanzania which have become recognized as best practice models.
The lessons that have accompanied this experience are many, but can be boiled down to a simple unifying principal: Orphan Support Africa is in the business of saying goodbye. Each time Orphan Support Africa commits to help a community, it does so with the firm understanding that our role is nurture, not to direct. We present community leaders the opportunity for three years of support and resources that will allow them to develop to the point of self-sufficiency. At the end of that period it is mutually understood that communities will have evolved the leadership skills and commitment that will allow them to continue on their own.
Malawi Children's Village is a social services organization run collaboratively by American volunteers and local villagers
Malawi Children's Village is a social services organization run collaboratively by American volunteers and local villagers. It is on the outskirts of Mangochi, one of the poorest districts in one of the smallest and most impoverished nations in Africa. Malawi Children's Village provides food, medical care and money for school to more than 3,500 AIDS orphans -- those who have lost one or both parents to the disease -- in dozens of surrounding villages. Medical personnel treat the sickest and most malnourished children at an infirmary on the compound, but most of the work is done as outreach so that children can remain in their own villages where relatives or neighbors can help raise them.
To learn more about "Orphan Support" in Malawi visit their web site.
Ethiopia RPCV John Garamendi takes oath of office as California Lt. Governor
"Will history judge that we—in the early days of the 21st century -set the stage for the 22nd century California by design, or by default? Will our descendants honor our stewardship or regret the opportunities lost by short-sighted policies and selfish consumption? We can’t imagine the economy of the future. None of us can define the dimensions of the frontiers that will be conquered in the next ninety years or anticipate all the challenges to be faced. But the essential foundations of prosperity are no different today than they have been at any time in California’s past."
"We must begin with mother earth. The California we envision depends on our deciding today to reverse the environmental trajectory on which we have placed our planet. Just as miners of the 19th and 20th century gnawed at and destroyed the land, the flawed energy policies of America and other advanced economies threatens to create an “Inconvenient Truth”. Now it is abundantly clear the that human activity is changing the climate of our world and foisting upon the next generations a far different environment and climate with challenges and effects far greater and more serious than any we have endured."
"We all share deep concerns for our current state of affairs, However as Martin Luther King, once said, “The arc of history is long, but it trends toward justice.” Dr. King had occasion to see the worst instincts of the human heart, but he woke up every day with the confidence that the progress of human history was moving towards a better day."
"Our Peace Corps experience in Africa many years ago taught Patti and me that we must row our small boat of hope against what appear to be overwhelming odds. If our effort could create one wave for peace and justice in this world, that wave might reach far and on some distant shore bring hope. I expect that Dr. King’s hope was rooted in the assurance of God’s amazing grace…an assurance kindled by the community who stood together, who marched together, and who believed together that justice would one day roll down like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
Caption: Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, center, is sworn in by State Supreme Court Justice Ronald George, left, as Garamendi's wife Patti, right, looks on during ceremonies held at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday Jan. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Read more about John Garamendi.
Tunisia RPCV Lance Holter writes: 1st Lt. Ehren Watada risks it all in an act of moral conscience
"I learned about the courage of conviction last week when I met with a courageous young American patriot. A leader who lives by example. An individual, who out of a decision of moral conscience, refuses to participate in a war that he believes (after much personal research) violates the U.S. Constitution, Geneva accords, Nuremberg principals, and the United Nations Charter. First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, a 28 year old U.S. Army artillery officer from Hawaii, has become the first active duty military officer publicly to oppose the war in Iraq. As a result of
his act of conscience and challenging what we now know about the war in Iraq, Lt. Watada is facing military court martial at Ft. Lewis Washington this February 5, 2007."
"I, for one, am outraged. If the past national election or national polls are any indication of America’s dissatisfaction and outrage with the Iraq war then I am in good company. Seventy-two percent of the U.S. troops in a 2006 Zogby poll want the U.S. out Iraq in 12 months. So when an individual emerges with the integrity of Lt. Watada, all of us benefit, whether we agree with him or not. In the national debate on the Iraq war we have an island boy risking all that he has including his future to help us all arrive at the truth." Read more and leave your comments.
Caption: 1st Lt. Ehren Watada
Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, calls Iraq war illegal, refuses order to go
"I feel that we have been lied to and betrayed by this administration," Watada said in a telephone interview from Fort Lewis. "It is the duty, the obligation of every soldier, and specifically the officers, to evaluate the legality, the truth behind every order — including the order to go to war." His father — Robert Watada, a retired Hawaii state official — was opposed to the war in Vietnam, and was able to do alternative service in the Peace Corps in Peru.
In making his decision, Watada has reached out to peace groups, including clergy, students, some veterans opposed to Iraq and others. Some war critics are raising money for his legal defense as they seek to galvanize broader opposition to Bush administration policy in Iraq. Read more and leave your comments.
Caption: Lt. Ehren Watada, center, with his niece Kodie Watada and his father, Robert, who opposed the Vietnam War and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru.
Ecuador RPCV John Brandi is the author of more than three dozen poetry collections
When John Brandi moved to New Mexico in 1971, he designed and built a small cottage near Guadalupita, north of Mora. Opposed to the Vietnam War, he had served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and begun publishing poetry as part of what he calls South America's "mimeo revolution." Using a Rotary Neostyle hand-operated mimeograph machine, he founded Tooth of Time Press in his cabin and thus brought the revolution north. Brandi published the work of other writers in addition to his own, and his press became known for attractive books of poetry. From the beginning, he combined writing poetry
with making art. Currently a resident of Rio Arriba County, Brandi is the author of more than three dozen poetry collections. He has also created many works in a format called broadside -- poems printed with artwork on large sheets of paper and designed for display. Born in California, Brandi began his creative endeavors early. "My parents encouraged me to draw and to write at a young age," he said. "My dad was an accountant for a newspaper in Los Angeles. At the end of the month, he would ask the pressmen to cut end rolls into 8-by-10 sheets for me. He gave me a coffee table to work on and said, 'Draw the places you've gone with your mother and me.' My mother would always add something like, 'Write about how you felt when you were standing on those rocks with all those waves crashing around you.'" Read more about John Brandi.
Robert Davidson wrote short stories to pass the time while in the Peace Corps in Grenada, little knowing that would be the start of a new career
Robert Davidson got his doctorate in American Literature in 2002 from Purdue University. Before that, he and his wife were in the Peace Corps, from 1990 to 1992. He joined because of Linda, who had more of an idealistic "do-good-in-the-world" mind-set. "I wanted to travel," he said. "My intentions weren't as noble." The couple spent two years in Grenada, a Caribbean island. While there, he taught students about reading and writing, but found there wasn't much to do in his spare time except read and write. He hadn't
always wanted to be a writer--"It whetted my appetite, I guess." There, Davidson learned discipline. He would wake up at 5 a.m. and write for two or three hours almost every day before work. "At first, that sucked," he said, the experience still fresh in his mind 16 years later. "Then I realized I had to do it. I liked doing this every day." Davidson's Peace Corps experience changed how he wrote about people. He said he learned to "see with a new set of eyes." Having to live in the 13-square-mile country for two years made him adapt to their way of life, instead of them adapting to his. "I recognized I had biases, preconceptions I didn't know I had," he said. "It was really hard to let go of that." Read more about John Davidson.
Deborah Gardner's murder is impetus for Tonga RPCV Jan Worth's first novel and second marriage
For years, the grizzly murder of a female Peace Corps volunteer in 1976 haunted Jan Worth of Flint, who served with the organization in Tonga in the South Pacific archipelago at the time. Worth came to grips with the tragedy by writing a novel loosely based on the real-life events. The task took more than a decade. Though she made up the characters in the novel, the main events are true, said Worth, who was 26 at the time of the murder. "I never wanted to tell a factual story. I wanted to be able to embroider it." Peace Corps volunteer, Dennis Priven, confessed to the murder
and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He returned to America a free man, where he worked in a government job for years. Another outcome from the experience occurred when she married Ted Nelson, a man she'd known in Tonga, in July 2005. (She'd been divorced after 15 years of marriage.) Worth and Nelson reconnected through Philip Weiss, who had interviewed both of them for his book, "American Taboo." They e-mailed for months, spoke on the phone and eventually met in Flint. He lives part time in San Pedro, Calif., where he runs a trophy business. "Twenty-five years later, we got together," she said. "It clicked. That'll be the second novel." Read more about Jan Worth.
PCVs to return to Nepal on their own after 2004 evacuation
As the Peace Corps program was suspended on September 13, 2004 in the aftermath of the Maoist's attack at the American Center in Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu, the 84 volunteers working in different parts of the country were evacuated. The evacuated volunteers said that they had to leave all their work and projects unfinished. Some were in the planning phase. PC volunteer Andrew Huston was planning to build a library at Shree Ratna Rajya Secondary School at Ramkot, Bhaktapur. Shana Groseclose was developing a rural health initiative program with Nepal Red Cross Society in Chitwan. Ashish Basuray was working for a training for
science teachers in Langtang. He had to leave HIV/AIDs education training uncompleted. Like these volunteers, other evacuated volunteers had to leave Nepal with their work incomplete.
Love of some of the evacuated PCVs of Nepal is so intense that they are raising funds in the United States to complete the projects they had begun before their evacuation. Evacuated volunteers Amy Clark and Gregory Clark, both now working at the PC Headquarters, said they have already collected $8,000 from the Rotary Club. They want to hand over the money to complete a library in Chhorpatan Higher Secondary School and Kanya Secondary School in Pokhara. "We want to visit Nepal to hand over the money ourselves and say good bye on a good note. But we have not been able to do so because of lack of funds for our travel. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to raise funds for our travel as well. We are planning to go to Nepal sometime next summer," the cheerful-looking and optimistic Clarks said mixing English with Nepali.
The evacuated volunteers hope that peace can be restored in Nepal and that the Peace Corps can resume its program. However, Peace Corps says it has no present plans of resuming its program in Nepal. "Peace Corps would require an invitation from the Government of Nepal prior to making an assessment as to whether or not resuming the program would be feasible. .... We have not had an official assessment and, until one is made, the likelihood of resuming the program cannot be guessed," official Zalansky said. Amidst uncertainty of their return, they still cherish the people and communities where they worked, and also the Daal Bhaat. "People to me were as dearer as the mountains," commented Gregory Clark. Shana Groseclose sums up Nepali people's friendliness as, "Sabai janale aunos swagat chha khanos khanos bhanne".
Read more about Peace Corps Nepal.
Every fall Botswana RPCV Amy Smith, a senior lecturer at MIT, joins her students in a one-week assignment to live on $2 a day, to prepare for field trips to remote villages in places like Ghana, Honduras, and Zambia
"I want to create a generation of engineers who are doers and active problem solvers," she says. "There is a history in international development of people going into the field with little technical background and coming up with things that are not effective. More and more, people are starting to recognize that problem-solving under the severe constraints of the developing world is difficult [and requires] real engineering skills." Inventor Amy Smith teaches at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana.
Smith's efforts to get students involved extend well beyond the classroom. Working with MIT's Public Service Center, Smith cofounded the IDEAS (Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Action, Service) Competition, whose cash awards encourage students to develop and implement projects that make a positive change in the world. She also helped organize the International Development Network at MIT and assists in its annual student fair. This year, a record 50 groups took part, only two of which were spawned by D-Lab or IDEAS. Now she's plotting a month-long design fest this summer to spur visiting community leaders from developing countries to collaborate with student teams from MIT and elsewhere.
Smith's approach to saving the world is pragmatic, much like her engineering philosophy. "There is a certain kind of engineering that I like to do," she says. "I don't like electricity and gadgetry. I simplify and simplify. None of my designs are complex. I always try to eliminate another part." She reduces problems to basic principles, hoping to uncover an equally basic solution. By keeping things simple, she increases the odds that her inventions will be adopted in poor countries.
Botswana RPCV Amy Smith won MacArthur 'Genius' Grant for her work in using technology to solve problems in the developing world
Amy Smith, 41, is dedicated to using technology to solve problems in the developing world. Smith said the MacArthur award "is pretty exciting, though a little scary. I've always operated on a shoestring. It'll be odd to do it differently for a change."
Smith is a mechanical engineer and inventor who designs "life-enhancing solutions and labor-saving technologies for people at the far end of dirt roads in the world's most remote societies -- people facing crises that erupt in health clinics with no electricity and in villages with no clean water," according to the MacArthur Foundation biography.
"Striking in their simplicity and effectiveness, her inventions include grain-grinding hammer mills, water-purification devices and field incubators for biologic testing, each reflecting her inordinate creativity and ingenuity," the biography said.
"I currently have very little funding for my projects, so this gives me a lot more flexibility," said Smith, who is working on two projects in Haiti. "I will be able to move forward a lot faster now. There's so much to do in Haiti, it's really nice to have the resources to keep these projects going, and start new projects, too."
Read more about Engineer and Inventor Amy Smith.
Greg Van Kirk and his team of volunteers comprise Community Enterprise Solutions the not for profit he co-founded with fellow Guatemala Peace Corps Volunteer George Glickley to provide loans to rural constituents
While working in investment banking in New York City in 2000, Greg Van Kirk read about Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’ micro-credit work providing loans to the poor of Bangledesh. “When I turned 30 and read about Mohammad Yunnus’ work, I knew it was now or never, so I joined the Peace Corps,” he said. Armed with his investment banking credibility, and accrued analytic and business skills, Van Kirk knew that what he needed was real field
experience. His transformation from Peace Corps volunteer to social entrepreneur began in Nebaj, an indigenous, rural town in the mountains of Guatemala, where he found himself surrounded by nature and culture but with no facilities or centers for tourists to stay at or visit.
Seeing an opportunity to help local people bring new money into the community and create new jobs, he donated his own money and solicited the support of family and friends and created five tourism-focused businesses: a restaurant, a Spanish language school, a guiding service, an Internet café, and an artisan store. Van Kirk said Jan. 16 will mark the fifth anniversary of the tourism business and said the businesses have received about $10,000 in total donations to date and are now all locally owned and operated, directly employ over 30 people and have average annual revenues approaching $100,000.
When it came time to create his own venture to build on the success of the tourism businesses, Van Kirk took into consideration the whole picture, using his heart and his head. Since he co-founded Community Enterprise Solutions in 2004, Van Kirk’s work has had a concrete impact. For example, thousands of women weavers and rural merchants with bad eyesight are now able to continue making a living by buying eyeglasses from Community Enterprise (CE) Solutions. The company trained and equipped local entrepreneurs, as featured in November of 2005 in the NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference” segment. When summing up his work Van Kirk said, “It is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, working with so many human, cultural, and societal issues, trying to come up with solutions to problems that have been around for thousands of years.” “In the end, my job is to drive myself out of business. We train people and get them to the point of self-sufficiency; to the
point where they don’t need us anymore,” he said.
Read more about the Peace Corps and Microfinance.
Louise M. Pascale is republishing the collection of Afghan children's songs that she had compiled as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1960s
Rummaging through her bookshelf five years ago, Louise M. Pascale, an assistant professor of creative arts and learning at Lesley University in Cambridge, came upon the collection of Afghan children's songs that she had compiled as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1960s.
It was sort of like finding an old yearbook, but instead of illustrating how hairstyles and skirt lengths had changed over the years, the tattered green songbook called attention to a greater change: The devastation reaped on Afghanistan after years of Taliban rule. Holding the relic, Pascale was certain that all remaining copies of the songbook, which she distributed in Kabul during her time in the Peace Corps, had been destroyed. She assumed they were lost, along with instruments and archives of local folk songs, when the Taliban outlawed music.
"I said to myself, 'I want to give this back to the kids in Afghanistan,' " Pascale recalls. " 'It's not doing me any good in my bookcase.' "
The songbook has come a long way from its creation nearly 40 years ago, when the 22-year-old Pascale realized, while traveling to Afghan schools to teach music, that students lacked books of songs. She worked with local poets and musicians to transcribe traditional songs.
Pascale's goal, to return these songs to a country stripped of its music, will be realized in the coming months. But the project is not over yet. The Afghan minister of education has asked that songs now be gathered for adults, so a second book can be created. Pascale takes the request as a good sign: "It makes me feel that they see the importance of it, and they know that music is a way to solidify and connect the country."
Learn more about "Children's Songs from Afghanistan."
Husband remembers Niger RPCV Mary Ann Hobson
"She was a person of many accomplishments - an artist most of all, a teacher and linguist who served in the Peace Corps in Africa, taught immigrant children in Australia, sang and acted, and brought a great sense of personal discipline and concentration to everything she tried to do. After her death, I felt a great sadness that many people never knew her - and a fear that what she was might quickly slip away."
"I am certain that many other families experienced the same sadness, the same fear after the deaths of their loved ones. But I am also certain that like me, they have come to realize that so much of those lives does not go away and cannot be negated, whatever we do or don't do to remember them. It is as though each of us contributes to a sort of "Butterfly Effect," by our actions subtly altering the world in ways we may never know or understand, but are real and indelible."
"In Mary Ann's case, I like to think that there are now-grown former students of hers around the world, from Africa to California to Australia, who now and then remember "Miss Hobson" and the high standards she insisted upon. Or that a student or researcher going through the stacks at Cal State San Bernardino may gain a flash of insight from something she wrote in her thesis on Emily Dickinson's poetry. Or that one of her richly thoughtful canvases will stir the soul and the imagination of another artist - or a musician or writer or scientist or child, for that matter. And then there is our son, whom she will not see graduate from high school but who will carry much of her spirit and outlook into what he does with his own life."
"Like these other Lives Remembered in 2006, she wasn't famous, but like them, she changed the world."
Read the rest of the remembrance.
Paul Theroux writes: Remember the Cicadas and the Stars?
A longing for a simpler world, for a glimpse of the past, is one of the motives in travel. But the rest of the world has fared no better in terms of population pressure, and in many places it is much worse, even catastrophic. The population of Malawi 40 years ago was small and sustainable. None of us Peace Corps volunteers there at that time thought in terms of rescuing the country but only of helping to improve it. Now Malawi can't feed itself; it's one of the many countries that people wish to flee, renowned for being hopeless, unjustly publicized as an enormous orphanage of desperate tots, needing to be saved,
devoid of pride, lost without us. The notion that a pop singer (back then it would have been Elvis) would breeze through and scoop up a child in a condescending gesture of rescue was unthinkable then.
Travel, except in almost inaccessible places, is no longer the answer to finding solitude. And this contraction of space on a shrinking planet suggests a time, not far off, when there will be no remoteness: nowhere to become lost, nothing to be discovered, no escape, no palpable concept of distance, no peculiarity of dress — frightening thoughts for a traveler.
Yet some of the most populous countries manage to be habitable because they are societies with strict, and civilized, codes of conduct. India, China and Japan are convenient examples, but I would include many African and Middle Eastern countries, too. The vindictive stereotype of the Muslim as a xenophobe does not tally with my experience of wandering in the Muslim world, where I have been treated hospitably, welcomed by strangers as "dayf al Rahman," a guest of the Merciful One.
We are passing through a confused period of aggression and fear, characterized by our confrontational government, the decline of diplomacy, a pugnacious foreign policy and a settled belief that the surest way to get people to tell the truth is to torture them. (And by the way, "water boarding" was a torture technique at the worst of the Khmer Rouge prisons.) It is no wonder we have begun to squint at strangers. This is a corrosive situation in a country where more and more people, most of them strangers, are a feature of daily life.
One of the lessons of travel is that, though half the world is wearing T-shirts and sneakers, they manage to live in overpopulated cities because they have not abandoned their traditional modes of politeness. These grace notes, which make traveling in crowded countries bearable, are a lesson to us in a mobbed and jostling world.
Read more by and about Paul Theroux.
Dominican Republic RPCV Mark Ridoff writes: Productivity doesn't aid middle class
"Forty years ago, I began two years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Latin America. That experience left me with a great appreciation of the opportunities and advantages that I was given as a member of what was then a vibrant and growing American middle class. I have watched with increasing dismay the accelerating erosion of the American middle class. Indeed, I began to think that there was much about America of the late 20th century and the early 21st century that reminded of the highly class-stratified Latin America countries I saw as a Peace Corps volunteer. It is again time for
broad debate on a fundamental question: Why should the workers whose productivity makes greater wealth possible not share in the benefits of that wealth? How can America be America without a strong and stable middle class?" Read more.
Gabon RPCV Terez Rose writes: The Art of Being Globally Thrifty
Sometimes I feel as if I haven't been able to draw a deep breath since the day my husband, our chief breadwinner, came home eight months ago and told me he'd lost his job. "No one's fault, no reflection on your work," he was told. Reorganizations, cost-cutting, downsizing-that kind of thing.
We Americans will adapt-it's one of the things we do best. New jobs will be created and the economy will eventually recover. However, it won't happen tomorrow. But here's another thing I learned from the Africans: how to be patient and weather the storm of challenging times with dignity and grace. How to accept things the way they are, difficulties and all. When I remember this, I look around at what my family does have now: adequate savings to squeak by, a beautiful home and lots of quality time together. My husband and I have the opportunity to sit in the backyard every night and watch our son frolic around, as the sun sinks slowly into the trees. Like my days in Africa, I've ceased to expect or hunger for things that are no longer accessible. I'm simply enjoying the purity of the moment. I think of my African friends, still there, still struggling, but surely finding time to play music and celebrate life. If you ask me, they are the true Wise Men
from the East. Read more.
Thomas Rooney writes: When President Kennedy met Prime Minister Nehru, he told him about the educational benefits the Peace Corps would have in India. Nehru replied; "Yes, I'm sure your young people will learn a lot." Those young people are now running the country. And it is time we started learning.
It is ironic that 25 years ago, the Indians put themselves on this course by discarding socialism, lowering taxes, and encouraging trade. They learned it from us, too. Now we must relearn it from them. And we have a lot to learn, considering that Republicans in Congress can barely get a majority of their own caucus to support free-trade agreements.
Not competing is not an option for our company--or for our country. In our case, we may be laying off nine employees, but we are hiring at least 30 more. In India, we are not just transferring work, but finding new customers. We spent time talking to the water authorities there about cleaning up the holiest and dirtiest river in the world, the Ganges. And we held similar talks with customers and suppliers in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and other parts of Asia. As these countries grow, so does their demand for goods and services that we in America can provide better than anyone in the world. But only if we are willing to recognize what our value is, and, above all, if we are willing to be fiercely competitive to provide them. No one can make any guarantees to any American company, at home or abroad, other than this: If we do not compete and make our products and services better, faster, and less expensive, we can and will lose. Read more.
Burkina Faso RPCV John Uniack Davis speaks on impoverished African countries
John Uniack Davis, graduate with a political science degree, discussed the most complex of Africa's health and economic challenges after a unique welcome from political science professor, Charles Weed, who shared letters received by his former student 22 years prior, during the first of Davis's experiences in the Peace Corps in Africa. Davis spoke about Africa's extreme poverty and how it is responsible for Africa's challenges with education, social justice, international equality and most importantly, adequate healthcare. "At least 50 percent of Africans live on less than one dollar a day," he said. "That's one third lower than the world's next poorest country, South Asia." Davis explained the complexity of Africa's cyclical debt crisis and the role of The World Bank and International Monetary Fund
(IMF) in its continued economic devastation. Since its impoverishment had made it impossible to borrow elsewhere, Africa had nowhere else to turn to for financial assistance. Davis said for the past two decades World Bank and IMF have kept Africa reliant, bound with irreversible debts, and ultimately helpless in the fight against diseases and poverty. "Africa has found itself on the losing side of globalization," said Davis. Read more.
Read more about the Peace Corps and Globalization.
Father of PCV Stephen Lotti, killed in Plane Crash in Peru in 2005, is searching for Monica Glenn who survived on the same flight
We received the following message which we have been asked to post on our Bulletin Board:
"My name is David Lotti. Stephen Lotti was my son who died in the plane crash in Peru 8/23/05. My attorney would very much like to contact Ms. Monica Glenn and talk with her about that day. Since both Steve and Ms. Glenn served in the Peace Corps we feel that at some point in the flight they may have made a connection. If you have a means of contacting her, please have her contact me at jblotti AT comcast.net OR David M. Lotti 115 Ashton Park, Peachtree City, Ga 30269. Phone 770-486-8502. Thanks for your help in this matter."
RPCVs Monica Glenn and Steve Lotti were traveling separately on a flight in Peru in 2005 that crashed near Pucallpa. Steve Lotti lost his life while Monica Glenn and her husband survived with second degree burns.
Monica Glenn served as a volunteer in China, her family is from the Orange County area, and her husband William Zea-Palacios is Bolivian. They were living in Arequipa, Peru a year and a half ago. If anyone in the RPCV community knows how to get in touch with Monica Glenn, please pass this message on to them.
Nepal RPCV Damian Jones started Annapolis-based "Aid Through Trade" in 1993 to help provide good employment and fair wages to artisans and farmers in developing countries
Since 2000, Aid Through Trade sales have returned more than $500,000 to the economies of Nepal and Vietnam. Workers from his Admiral Drive company visit either of the countries - sometimes both - each year. The visits allows Aid Through Trade officials to meet the workers, and see their conditions and the environment in which products are being made. "We have to make an assessment of the presence of human dignity, besides looking at wages and exterior conditions," Mr. Jones said. "From a business point of view,
that's a big step in the business supply chain." Mr. Jones said he believes fair trade will soon become as popular as organic goods, which are now carried in such grocery stores as Giant and Safeway. "People want to know that their food came from a clean and healthy place," he said. "They also want to know their goods came from a good, healthy, fairly paid source." Read more and leave your comments.
Guatemala RPCV Naren Sonpal Offers Fair Trade Coffee
Naren Sonpal's two-year term of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala ended in 2001, but he's still working to make the world a better place, one cup of coffee at a time. He was 55 when he entered the Peace Corps, assigned to work with cooperatives of coffee and tea farmers in the Guatemalan highlands near Coban. On his return, Naren and his wife, Gun, built a business on his experience in Guatemala and a subsequent trip to India, becoming roasters and blenders of 100 percent organic, shade-grown, Fair Trade coffees and purveyors of organic Fair Trade teas. The Sonpals opened Coffee-Tea-Etc. in December of 2002 in the lower level of their Goshen home. Sacks of coffee beans from every corner of the globe are lined up near the couple's state-of-the-art drum roaster.
"Our coffee comes from Mexico, Peru, Sumatra, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, New Guinea, Costa Rica and Ethiopia," Naren told Voices, "and we know the farms they are coming from. Most multinational companies won't pay what coffee producers need to survive." "The farmers suffer a lot," Naren said. "Right now, they're selling to the big corporations at below their cost of production. When farmers can't make money producing their coffee, they sometimes turn to the production of drugs - and who can blame them?"
Central African Republic RPCV Katie Dyer is co-owner of Cadeaux du Monde, a fair trade shop that sells artwork and jewelry from all over the world
Katie Dyer and Jane Perkins of Newport have done their share of traveling. The mother-daughter duo are the co-owners of Cadeaux du Monde, a fair trade shop in Newpor, Rhode Island that sells artwork and jewelry from all over the world, representing over 40 countries. What is Fair Trade? It's fairly traded folk art, directly from the village. There's not a lot of middle men. It's the same idea as fair trade coffee where the producers actually get a fair price. We buy directly from them so they're in control of their prices.
Read more about Fair Trade and leave your comments.
Obituary for Colombia RPCV James W. Thomas
He graduated from high school in Oakdale and went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Colombia. Jim is remembered by all who knew him as a man of few words. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand, whether it was moving equipment for a gymnastics meet, painting sets for plays, or going on stage as a pageant dad. He never complained about doing any ridiculous thing that the women in his life asked of him. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend. The real Jim left us several years ago, and he has been greatly missed by us all.
Obituary for Malaysia RPCV David Behm
Behm enjoyed the outdoors, cooking, his extended family and, of course, music. He was a member of the Angel Band, a Celtic music group and performed regularly throughout the Seacoast area. He was a Friday night regular at the Press Room in Portsmouth for many years and read the Declaration of Independence at Demmons Store and the West Nottingham Post Office on July 4th also for many years. His last CD, Hellfire and Behmnation, a tribute to a fellow musician Chip Chase, is available locally and shows his variety of style and musicianship. Behm was a US Marine from 1956 to 1958 and a union bricklayer for many years. He discovered wood turning and in 1985 opened his own woodworking and chairmaking shop. He served in the Peace Corps with his family in Sarawak, East Malaysia in the early 1970's. He was also a Justice of the Peace for many
years whose last official act was officiating at the marriage of his son on December 1.
Obituary for India RPCV Dennis Best
He joined the Peace Corps and traveled to India, where he was first exposed to eastern philosophies of healing. It was in California where Dennis became a member of the Baha'i Faith in 1970, captivated by its universal principles centering on the oneness of God, of religion, and of humanity. While researching Chinese medicine and acupuncture, he lived with his family in China from 1994-1996.
Obituary for Ethiopia RPCV William Giacofci
After earning his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966, he served in the Peace Corps for three years as a legal adviser to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, according to his family. Mr. Giacofci enjoyed reading and genealogy and was also an accomplished artist who created oil paintings in religious themes. He was a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Queenstown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered.
A record-breaking 162 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle urges President George W. Bush to make a greater investment in America's diplomatic and development programs as the Administration prepares its FY 2008 Federal Budget Request
Despite a packed legislative agenda and with the end of the Congressional session quickly approaching, this outstanding effort was spearheaded in the Senate by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Norm Coleman (R-MN), with a record 53 Senators from both sides of the aisle signing the letter. On the House side, Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA-28),
Christopher Shays (R-CT-4), Joseph Knollenberg (R-MI-9), and Vic Snyder (D-AR-2) drove the effort to garner more than 109 Republican and Democratic signatures on the letter to President Bush. Currently, the proposed FY 2007 International Affairs Budget totals 35.1 billion dollars -- a mere 1.2 percent of the overall FY 2007 Federal Budget -- yet it provides the U.S. with priceless opportunities to generate much needed allies, partners and friends.
"Today, more than ever, it is critical that we continue to fund our U.S. International Affairs Budget," said Sen. Feinstein. "U.S. foreign assistance programs offer relief to the millions of victims of poverty, starvation, and illiteracy found throughout the developing world. By giving these communities in need the tools to target these root causes of terrorism, we not only help promote basic humanitarian values, we also help establish greater stability and security abroad, and encourage greater economic prosperity here at home."
"As a former Peace Corps volunteer, I can attest to the substantial contributions foreign assistance programs make to economic development, higher living standards and improved health and nutrition," noted Rep. Chris Shays.
Read more and leave your comments.
India RPCV Charles L. Griffin Jr. writes: Why I am for universal national service
"I served in a draft Army, but as a volunteer. I followed that with two years in the Peace Corps, also as a volunteer. In total, I put in five years of service that gave me experiences that would have been difficult to gain on my own. Volunteers in the Peace Corps were also from every walk of life, with the exception that most were college graduates or had valuable life experience to share. Young people, 18 to 30 years of age, mixed with professionals or retirees who might be as old as 80, and all trained together before being broadcast about some developing country to isolated spots in a
totally foreign culture. It was not something they all could handle. Being volunteers, they could un-volunteer at any time, and many did. Some simply could not meet the physical requirements or could not adjust to a different culture or the lack of privacy."
"Through these experiences I came to believe that the dynamics of becoming engaged in an alien culture, and I include the rituals and traditions of the military as a culture alien to everyday Americans, is as valuable in one's education as a degree. Perhaps more so. "
"The ultimate benefit of both kinds of service is the production of citizens knowledgeable of the sacrifice and dedication of those who work to better the world or protect it from those who would bring about chaos and destruction. Neither route is safe. There is a long list of volunteers who died in service and a much longer list of those who died in the military. Today's American youth are famously regarded as soft, fat and self-centered. While there are many exceptions to that stereotype, a universal national-service requirement would go a long way in countering the trend."
Read the rest of the op-ed and leave your comments.
Venezuela RPCV Alberto Ibarguen to be Chairman of the Newseum
The world’s first interactive museum of news, the Newseum, opened in Rosslyn, Virginia in Arlington County, on April 18, 1997. Its stated mission is "to help the public and the news media understand one another better". In five years, the Newseum became an internationally recognized attraction, drawing more than 2.25 million visitors and receiving some critical acclaim for its exhibits and programs.
Ibarguen leads one of the nation's largest private independent foundations. With assets of $1.9 billion, the Knight Foundation makes grants of more than $90 million annually to promote excellence in journalism. Ibarguen has been a newspaper executive for more than 20 years, first at the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and then at Newsday in New York before joining Knight Ridder. He was publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald until July, when he assumed his current position at the Knight Foundation. During his tenure at The Miami Herald, the newspaper won three Pulitzer Prizes. Alberto Ibarguen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela in the 1960's. Read more and leave your comments.
Alberto Ibarguen writes: Students are learning 'Five Freedoms'
"Freedom is like a muscle in your body. If you don't use it, it gets weak; but if you exercise it, it gets stronger. Freedom House, a human-rights organization in Washington, estimates that only 17 percent of the world's people enjoy real freedom of speech and of the press. We are lucky to be among that small number. If we want America's next generation to not take our Five Freedoms for granted, teachers are the answer. And there's help available. Any number of Web sites provide teachers, administrators, students, parents and government officials with tips, lesson plans and ideas for discussing and understanding the Constitution." Read more.
Alberto Ibarguen speaks on news and truth
According to Ibarguen, readers want journalists who can organize experiences so they can make sense out of their lives and journalists want to write something that will inspire people to take action in their cause. “This is an explosively great time to be in journalism if you aren’t seeking the past,” Ibarguen said. Read more about Publisher and Venezuela RPCV Alberto Ibarguen.
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Dear Indiana RPCV’s,
With sadness today, I recognized a name in the obituary section of the Indianapolis Star.
RPCV Kenneth Miller passed away a day or two ago. Ken was an ag volunteer in India in the early days of Peace Corps. I believe he was also a founding member of the initial Indiana Peace Corps Volunteer group and served as officer in various capacities over the years.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13 at First United Methodist Church, 900 Indianapolis Road, Mooresville, IN Calling is from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday (tonight).
More information may be found at:
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I met him many years ago when I first moved to Indianapolis and contacted the Indiana Returned Peace Corps group that he was instrumental in coordinating. I remember him with a delightful sense of humor and a moral commitment to making the world a better place. I have not seen him in some time, but I am sure he has continued to make people laugh and to make the world somehow improve by his presence. At the time, I was a newly returned volunteer having served in the Philippines and the RPCV group was a great help to me in my readjustment to living in the U.S. and in directing creative energies for activities that included community service, assisting with the third goal of Peace Corps (bringing the world back home) and social activities. Ken was one of our wizened sages, connecting people to people, jobs, and resources.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services is looking for a
Independant and highly qualified person to work in Vincennes Indiana
with undocumented and unaccompanied children.
Please see the job description below.
To ensure professional services to undocumented and unaccompanied
children through assessments and recommendations related to
placements, transfers and releases to sponsors.
Commitment to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service's core
mission and values and an ability to model those values in
relationship with colleagues and partners
Master's degree in social work and a minimum of two years of
demonstrated child welfare, case management, social service and/or
mental health professional experience or a bachelor's in social work
and equivalent professional work experience.
Knowledge and experience in work with refugee or immigrant children
or cross-cultural experience
Professional interviewing skills
Ability to foster teamwork and collaboration among various service
Fluency in Spanish
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and database management
Ability to manage complex projects with a high degree of
Demonstrated creativity and initiative
Willingness and ability to travel
Implement assessment and placement activities with a holistic
professional child welfare approach for children in federal custody.
Ensure complete assessment information is made available to the
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for release or placement
recommendations under the direction of the national agency.
Review family reunification packets from ORR-contracted facilities
to ensure completeness and make release recommendations to ORR.
Track and manage various types of complex special needs cases
including referrals for suitability assessments, follow-up services,
long-term foster care cases, referrals to residential treatment
centers, and trafficking cases.
Act as liaison among local facilities' staff, child, federal
ORR/Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services (DUCS) staff,
national LIRS and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
staff, legal representatives for children in custody, Department of
Homeland Security/ Immigration and Customs Enforcement, relevant
consulates, and others regarding assessment of children's placement
Make regular visits to ORR-contracted facilities, meet with
individual children as needed, and make recommendations for
treatment or other services.
Maintain knowledge of the continuum of care options available
throughout the country.
As part of a national team, consult with other field coordinators on
special cases, provide operational support, and develop and share
effective strategies and best practices.
Assist ORR or ORR-contracted facilities with rapid response on
special cases as required.
Assist with training and technical assistance to local providers to
support smooth field placements, transfers and releases.
Ensure clear and consistent communication with the LIRS national
office and ORR, including regular conference calls and other
coordination meetings necessary to ongoing case management and
Ensure projects and assignments are completed within established
guidelines and agency standards.
Provide statistics and assist with writing reports on activities and
recommendations for ORR as required.
Utilize DUCS Tracking Management System for processing releases and
transfers as well as other functions that are incorporated into the
Monitor changes on the ground; identify new trends and effectively
communicate those trends to LIRS.
Assist in the identification of social and mental health services
for children in custody.
Where appropriate, monitor trends in immigration proceedings for
DUCS children in the region.
Organize and participate in local and regional meetings with
agencies and providers in the region to address current and future
issues affecting the program operations.
Provide on-call assistance in emergency situations.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Send cover letter, including salary requirements, and résumé to...
Human Resources Department
700 Light Street
Baltimore MD 21230
No telephone inquiries, please.
As this is a new position, this announcement is subject to change,
please visit the LIRS website—www.lirs.org—for any revisions before
sending in your materials.
Salary and Terms
This full-time position, to be based in Vincennes, Ind., is exempt
from the Fair Labor Standards Act. The salary, in grade level 22, is
negotiable and commensurate with experience. An excellent benefit
package is offered.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a registered 503(c) tax-
exempt organization and an equal opportunity employer that does not
discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, age, disability,
national origin, race, veteran status or any other status protected
by federal or Maryland law. The employees of the Lutheran
Immigration and Refugee Service shall carry out the duties to which
they are assigned in faithfulness to the mission of the agency.
Please also see the job decription on our wesite.
|You may know that one in seven women will be stricken with breast cancer in her lifetime. What you may not know is that you can help these women and thousands of others in the fight against breast cancer.|
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1) If you want an RPCV calendar for $7.00, please email me with how many, as we still have 39 left! ONLY 11 have sold.
I can send the calendar to you for just over $2.00, so your total would be less than $10 for the best calendar ever.
2) January dinner was held at Macchu Picchu on W. 38th St. AFS exchange students, host parents, and staff joined us (14 of them total). We had about 14 RPCVs. Put the next dinner on your calendar, Wednesday, April 18, 2006 at 6:30 pm
The 2006 Year in Review is posted under the file section!
3) Friday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm: Duckpin Bowling. Contact for event is Colleen Turner: EVITE has been sent.
4) Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm: Movie night at Mike & Pat Cupp's house, Pitch in at 6:30 and movie will start around 7:30 and last 90 minutes. By the People is best described as "important, insightful, and often quite humorous,"--more info by checking www.bythepeople-themovie.com . After seeing it, most people are ready to volunteer to help with voter registration and/or help to set up at poll sites. This is a potential service project for us RPCV's and the 2008 election couldn't be more important. EVITE to be sent at a later date.
5) I encourage you to join Stephanie on the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation walk!
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OFFICIAL NPCA AFFILIATE: The 3rd week of January 2007 I sent in the affiliate group application. NPCA Executive Committee approved our group on a conference call on 2-5-07 and I was notified on 2-6-07. I have added some information to our page and added calendar events. Check it out and let me know if you have suggestions as to any additions, changes.
NPCA is currently advocating on a Senate “Dear Colleague” letter: The Dodd-Coleman letter calls for increased funding for Peace Corps in federal Fiscal Year 2008. The letter will be open for Senators to sign onto through Monday.
Anything your members might be able to do over the weekend to weigh in with your Senators’ offices would be extremely helpful. Here’s the basic background information on what people need to do…
Call and leave a message saying "I'm calling to urge Senator ______ to sign onto the Dodd-Coleman letter in support of increased funding for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2008. Please contact Josh Blumenfeld in Senator Dodd's office to sign onto this letter."
From: Jonathan Pearson <Jonathan@...>
Sent: Friday, March 2, 2007 7:56:15 PM
Subject: Update from NPCA Advocacy on Senate Peace Corps letter
Dear Group Leaders in Nebraska, Indiana (including Kentuciana), and Oregon
Hi: This is Jonathan Pearson, NPCA Advocacy Coordinator:
As you may know, we are currently advocating on a Senate “Dear Colleague” letter: The Dodd-Coleman letter calls for increased funding for Peace Corps in federal Fiscal Year 2008.
The letter will be open for Senators to sign onto through Monday.
Anything your members might be able to do over the weekend to weigh in with your Senators’ offices would be extremely helpful. Here’s the basic background information on what people need to do…
1. Call the Senate Switchboard (202-224-3121). Ask to be connected to the office of your Senator.
2. Leave the following message:
"I'm calling to urge Senator ______ to sign onto the Dodd-Coleman letter in support of increased funding for the Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2008. Please contact Josh Blumenfeld in Senator Dodd's office to sign onto this letter."
If you prefer to take action by e-mail, click here.
If you need information/links to your U.S. Senators, click here.
To read the Dodd-Coleman letter, click here.
While we are picking up Senators onto the letters, neither of the Senators in your respective states have signed. Senator Hagel in Nebraska is considering but not yet signed. Senator Lugar of Indiana, as Lead Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee would be extremely helpful to get on this letter. Getting Senator Smith on board from Oregon
would help greatly with the bi-partisan nature of this letter.
I will be in the office during part of the day on Saturday. So if you have questions/concerns, I will try to respond during the day tomorrow.
A note that efforts on the House side, with a similar letter will begin in earnest next week. But anything you can do to generate some more constituent voices on the Senate side this weekend would be great.
For all information related to this current effort, you can visit www.peacecorpsconnect.org/dayofaction
Have a great weekend, and a great Peace Corps week!
Jonathan Pearson (Micronesia 87 - 89)
National Peace Corps Association
1900 L Street NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20036
202-293-7728, ext. 21
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Hello, I am looking for support for a project that I was involved with as a Crisis Corps volunteer in Jamaica. In Jamaica I worked with an NGO, Ewarton Community Development Action Committee (ECODAC). My project was to help start a life skills training centre for youths. As part of my work I wrote a proposal that was accepted by the NGO Pedals for Progress to partnership Pedals and ECODAC. Pedals will provide gently used bikes and tools to ECODAC to be used as part of their life skills curriculum. The participants of the life skills program will work to put the bikes together and fix them up, market them and sale them. The proceeds will go to further the programs of the Lifes Skills Training Centre and to go back to get more shipments from Pedals for Progress. This income generating project will help provide small business skills to young people while being sustainable. The bikes will also provide much needed cheap transporatation to needy people. Please donate
today. Pedals for Progress needs $5,000 USD to ship a crate of bikes and tools that are worth $30,000 to $50,000 USD. So, your donation, which is tax deductable, will grow exponentially. Go to the Pedals for Progress Web site at p4p.org. Here is more info:
New Partners on the Horizon for P4P
2007 Looks to be an exciting year for Pedals for Progress with these new partnerships in the works:
|ECODAC, Ewarton Jamaica
The Ewarton Community Action Committee (ECODAC) has been identified as a qualified non-profit agency that meets all of the criteria of a successful international partner for Pedals for Progress and we are seeking funds to facilitate the collection and shipment of the first container of bicycles as seed capital to ECODAC.
The bicycles will be used in two ways, the first as a bicycle mechanic training program and the second will be a bicycle business that will be run by the students as business training. The sale of the bicycles will allow the youth to operate a business first hand as well as raise money for the operations of the center. This will benefit the entire community of Ewarton as it is a rural community where there is no public transportation system and the taxi fares are increasing every year. It is becoming more difficult for the people of Ewarton to travel to school, work and to bring their products to the local market.
We have a partner all ready to go with ECODAC, contracts have been signed the only thing we need now is to raise money to send the first contianer.
Price of Container to ECODAC: $5,000
Amount Raised to Date: $700
P.O. Box 154
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Sent: Thursday, March 1, 2007 4:36:28 PM
Subject: water, water everywhere, cultural madness, and iguanas....
I was returning to my site after the seminar in the beginning of February, tired from the activities and kindof drifting off to sleep in between the almost stops every 20 feet to avoid the countless potholes in the road, (cuando de repente), when the bus slams to a sudden stop and I jolted myself back to reality to see that we had stopped quickly not for the typically cow crossing or to avoid dogs or chickens in the road (which is typical), but rather, we were stopping because a nice bright green iguana was stupidly attempting to cross the road and making itself a target that might as well have been hanging directly in front of the bus like a bone in front of a dog causing the dog to salivate. The bus slams to a stop and out run 3 or so guys now ON THE CHASE. Now running in all directions after the iguana, oh, and to the ground, almost like they were sliding into first or second base in a baseball game. I have to say when they started falling down, it
really was very comical and I couldn´t help myself but laugh. Eventually of course, the iguana was victim to yet another illegal poaching experience I have witnessed, and I can add the iguana to the list of animals I have now shared a bus with.
The congo dancing into the night continued into carnaval which culminated with fat tuesday and then ash wednesday. The dancing, drunkness, and million people flooded the town. Not enough water for all the visitors, as the dry season has now taken affect and the rains are very shortlived nowadays. Congo Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday was Carnaval acuatico in a neighboring town. Everyone comes and goes swimming all day, they have this big machine that shoots out tons of water onto the crowds of people, food is sold, drunkness, congo dancing, the queens (what is an event in panama without the queen contest?), singing with a local band......Monday was more dancing, craziness, and wetness, with Tuesday as the wettest day by far. Basically all day Tuesday the idea is that you walk and run around town with tanks and buckets of water dumping them all over each other. No point to change your clothes because you´ll just get wet
again. Although not really sure and no one could tell me the purpose or reason for the water dumping. Wednesday in Colòn, Ash Wednesday in the States ended Carnaval. In my province the big thing they do is the event of the diablos, devils. Several people were these big masks and red and black outfits dressed up as devils running around with whips to go after the several others dressed as slaves. The slaves and devils basically attack each other, running after one and the other, the devils whipping the slaves and the slaves teaming up against the devils, bearing with the beating through their 3 pairs of pants they have on underneath their pieced together quilted looking skirts, capturing the devils one by one. As each devil is captured the slaves pin them down on the ground and do what they call a baptising, which is basically just putting water and salt in the devil´s mouth. Eventually all the devils are captured, with the head
papa devil last and that ends the event. This event is going to be twice as big in a neighboring town this Saturday so I am excited to go witness this on a larger scale. It is really quite interesting-entertaining.
I will write more before I head back to my site, but just a little taste of the past few weeks to hold you over til then.....
Take care, SHAZIA
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Jay County Library has contacted me and Stephanie Schuck inquiring
about a speaker. They expressed interest in having a former Peace
Corps volunteer speak and think it would draw a decent crowd.
Contact information is below. If you are able to do it and contact her
please CC me so I know this request has been filled.
Adult Services Librarian
Jay County Public Library
315 N Ship St
Portland, IN 47371
Hi...I just moved back to Indiana from Colorado and was looking for an
RPCV group and found you. I was in the Peace Corps from 2003 to 2005
and served as a Health Volunteer in Suriname, South America. Thanks.
There was an article in the Indy Star about a local RPCV last week.
Her name is Dee Johnston and she served in El Salvador and Ukraine.
The Chicago office is trying to contact her and was wondering if
anyone knew Mrs. Johnston or how to get a hold of her?
My name is Rex Casey and I am a RPCV Belize 01-03. I am currently
completing my matriculation for a MPA degree from SPEA at Indiana
University-Bloomington. In my database management course, I have an
opportunity to construct a RPCV database for the midwest region. The
goal of the database is to provide CIRPCA with the immediate data that
pertains to each volunteer in case a school or venue is seeking a
volunteer to discuss his or experience while living abroad.
The database will be access based and not MS SQL oriented, so it will
be slightly easier for the end user. I attended a CIPRCA dinner at El
Sol restaurant prior to returning to graduate school. I would love to
complete the database and then hand it over to the CIRPCA group as a
whole. Perhaps, someone in the group can assist me with some basic
data. I am capable of preparing the schema, but I do lack the
necessary data. I would also be interested in any input as far as the
RPCV Belize 01-03
MPA Candidate, SPEA 2007
|I met with a group of teenagers quite a while ago that work with YPress, which is run by the Indianapolis Star. They planned on going to Benin and were in the process of doing research on the trip. Here is a link to what they discovered and wrote about. They were in Benin for about two weeks I think, and they did a tremendous job. I am SO PROUD of them, they are an amazing group of kids. Some of you were in Peace Corps Benin with me, some of you were Peace Corps in other parts of the world, and some of you are non-Peace Corps friends, but I really wanted to share this with everyone, I thought everyone would be able to appreciate their efforts and ideas. Make sure you check out the videos and pictures - they are truly wonderful!!|
"In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we
understand. We will understand what we are taught."
-Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist
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I did want to sign-in and say that I am newly in Evansville, IN (arrived, Jan 4). I have recently returned to the States, having spent the last seven years in Central Asia - including Peace Corps in Uzbekistan 1999 - 01.
I would like to know if anything is planned for this group in the foreseeable future.
Good to know you exist.
Michael A. Benson (Mike)
Please read this opportunity and if you are able to do it, let Lydia
know and me.
Thanks, Debbie Anderson
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Annual HOBY Indiana Leadership seminar from June 7-10th this summer.
Just in case you are not familiar with HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth
Leadership), it is a nationwide not-for-profit organization that puts
on leadership seminars for high school sophomores to teach them
leadership skills, build confidence, and promote how to think, not
what to think.
During HOBY we present several panels of experts on topics such as the
role of media, the U.S. healthcare system, green business v. earning
green dollars, the U.S. education system, and last but not least,
One of the HOBY board members asked me to contact you and see if you
would be interested in speaking on our Volunteerism panel about Peace
Corps. We are looking for a person who has made a lifetime commitment
to service to share his or her story and answer questions from the top
145 sophomores in the state of Indiana.
The panel will take place on Saturday, June 9th at 12:45 PM Eastern
time and we would love to have you. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact me.
-Lydia Shelly, lydia.shelly@...
Peace Corps nominee
See the opportunities below!
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS!
WHEN: NEXT THURSDAY! MAY 10TH 7:30 AM
WHERE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY JOB SITES - TBA
Want to get your hands dirty? Come on out to our Habitat home sites
and help us LANDSCAPE! We will be laying sod and planting bushes and
spring flowers for our newest Habitat homeowners!
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS AT OUR HABITAT HOMESTORE!
WHEN: MONDAY – SATURDAY THROUGHOUT 2007 (AVAILABLE 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM)
WE CAN PARTICULARILY USE YOUR HELP IN OUR HOMESTORE NEXT WEEK AND THE
***MAY 7 – MAY 19***
WHERE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMESTORE, 1011 E. 22ND STREET ,
INDIANAPOLIS , IN 46202
Our HomeStore is being updated, renovated and organized weekly. We
would love to have your help in the store! All of the funds raised
help us build more homes in Indy!
BE THE FACE & VOICE OF HABITAT!
WHEN: MONDAY – FRIDAY THROUGHOUT 2007 (AVAILABLE 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
WHERE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMESTORE, 1011 E. 22ND STREET ,
INDIANAPOLIS , IN 46202
Habitat is always in need of a great volunteer to staff our front
desk! You will greet our friends as they come to visit the office and
answer the phone as needed!
FREE COMPUTERS FOR OUR HABITAT FAMILIES!
WHEN: THROUGHOUT 2007 - DATES TBA
WHERE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OFFICE, 1011 E. 22ND STREET , INDIANAPOLIS
, IN 46202
We are so excited! Through a partnership with AT&T, Access All and One
Economy, we are able to provide FREE computers to our Habitat partner
families! All we need now is your help installing them! You can help
supervise the computer installation and help the families learn very
basic computer skills!
WHAT'S YOUR HANDLE?
WHEN: EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
WHERE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMESTORE, 1011 E. 22ND STREET ,
INDIANAPOLIS , IN 46202
C o me help o ut o n o u r Habitat b o x t r uck! We're in need of
drivers for our van/box truck to help bring in valuable donations to
our HomeStore! All of the funds raised help us build more homes in Indy!
WHEN: EVERY MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
WHERE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMESTORE, 1011 E. 22ND STREET ,
INDIANAPOLIS , IN 46202
C o me help o ut o u r Habitat H o meSt o r e as a cashie r ! This is
an imp o r tant p o siti o n f o r us t o fill each day o u r st o r e
is o pen!
ONGOING FUN AT HABITAT
THERE IS ALWAYS ACTIVITY IN THE AIR AT HABITAT!HERE ARE A FEW
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE!
1. WELCOME VOLUNTEERS AT THE BUILD SITE!
As s o o n as the sun is shining again, Habitat hamme r s will be
swinging! F o r eve r y 6-week build, we have 14 v o luntee r days and
we c o uld use s o me help welc o ming o u r v o luntee r s and
getting them signed in o n each o f these v o luntee r s days! We w o
uld l o ve t o have y o u, o r a g r o up o f y o u and y o u r f r
iends/c o -w o r ke r s, c o me o ut at the beginning o f o u r v o
luntee r shifts t o help us o ut!
2. BE A FAMILY MENTOR!
We have w o nde r ful pa r tne r families he r e at Habitat wh o c o
uld t r uly benefit f r o m a ment o r t o help them as they walk th r
o ugh thei r j o u r ney with Habitat! (Spanish speake r s welc o me!
This is helpful, but n o t a r equi r ement!)
3. HELP OUT IN THE OFFICE AS A DONATION COORDINATOR!
Help us chat with the o r ganizati o ns and families wh o want t o d o
nate new items t o o u r H o meSt o r e! Shifts available any day o f
4. COME ORGANIZE OUR WAREHOUSE!
Ou r H o meSt o r e is being updated, r en o vated and o r ganized
weekly. We w o uld l o ve t o have s o me o ne c o me in t o help o ut
with gene r al tasks in the st o r e! Shifts available M o nday th r o
ugh Satu r day!
5. WORK ALONG SIDE THE CONSTRUCTION STAFF AS A CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANT!
Want t o lea r n ab o ut the c o nst r ucti o n indust r y? We w o uld
l o ve t o give y o u hands o n expe r ience w o r king o ne- o n- o
ne with o u r C o nst r ucti o n Supe r intendent o ut o n the j o b
site and he r e at o u r o ffice! We' r e l o o king f o r help
any/eve r y day o f the week. *S o me c o nst r ucti o n expe r ience
6. HELP ON PROJECTS AND FUNDRAISERS IN OUR OFFICE!
We always have office work such as preparing sponsorship packets,
computer work and helping to send our mailers!
Wrapped up in your desire to help is the potential for you to be
blessed, along with Habitat and the families you serve.
If you have already had the opportunity to come out and work with us,
THANK YOU so much…. We would love to have you again!
If you've never experienced Habitat, we'd love to show you the ropes!
I'm here to help make that happen in any way that I can…
If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, or if you
would like to talk about further possibilities,please feel free to
call or email anytime!
Thanks s o much and have a w o nde r ful day!
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis
1011 E. 22nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
I am a member of I-CART (Indiana Crisis Assistance Response Team).
There will be a Basic Training for Crisis responders coming up this
fall and I wanted to let everyone know of this opportunity.
Basic Training – September 20, 21 and 22, 2007
I-CART is offering NOVA's Basic Crisis Response Training (CRT)
September 20, 21 and 22, 2007 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.
Applications will be available on the website and in a mailing in
the near future. Please encourage those you work with to get their
application in early. If you know of individuals or organizations
interested in more information please send contact information to
I know some on our group have express interest so I wanted to give
you this info to check out.
Here is a little about what I-CART is from their website www.i-
Unexpected traumatic events can overwhelm a person and a community
physically, emotionally and spiritually. I-CART is a mental health
crisis response team that assists victims and survivors at the scene
of a traumatic event or at a designated site immediately following
the event. I-CART follows the National Organization for Victim
Assistance (NOVA) crisis response model and protocol.
All I-CART response team members have successfully completed the
NOVA 40-hour basic training in community crisis response. All
response team members are volunteers and include mental health
professionals, nurses and individuals associated with law
enforcement, fire departments, victim assistance, the faith-based
community, emergency management and hospitals.
I-CART is included in the comprehensive emergency management plan
for Marion County. The services and expertise provided by I-CART
are designed to be a supplemental resource to:
· Law enforcement agencies
· Fire departments
· Victim assistance
· American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
· Emergency Management
· Other responses established in Indiana
Rev. Rodney L. Craggs
Folks, this is your final opportunity to be heard at our series of Town Hall meetings. Come out and let us know how you want recycling to be in Indianapolis . We want to hear from YOU!
Recycle Indianapolis hosts final town hall meeting in Washington Township
Residents are asked to bring their ideas to improve recycling programs
INDIANAPOLIS – Join the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and its partners at the Washington Township ‘Recycle Indianapolis’ Town Hall Meeting being held Monday, May 21st at the Broadripple Park Family Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Free of charge and open to the public, the meeting is being conducted to solicit ideas and opinions to help shape a viable recycling program in the city of Indianapolis . Panelists include representatives from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Earth Day Indiana and DPW’s solid waste and policy and planning departments.
This is the seventh ‘Recycle Indianapolis’ town hall meeting of the year; the final forum will be held on May 21 in Washington Township.
When: May 21st, 2007
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Broad Ripple Park Family Center
1550 Broad Ripple Avenue
Recycle Indianapolis is an initiative designed to broaden recycling participation in Indianapolis through increased awareness and education by promoting ease of use, waste reduction and environmental responsibility through personal neighborhood and city-wide opportunities.
For more information about Recycle Indianapolis or other opportunities to participate in a town hall meeting, please visit www.RecycleIndianapolis.org.
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Monday June 25th at 6:30 pm at the Rathskeller
Peace Corps Informational Meeting
Tuesday June 26th at 6:00 pm at the Indiana State Library
Attached are guest speaker guidelines for those who would like to
speak at the informational meeting on June 26th. Only a few people are
needed, so if you are interested RSVP soon.
For these events please RSVP so we can make appropriate plans to
Clifton Johnson 800-424-8580 option 1 or cjohnson2@...
Namibia 00 - 02
Please forward widely
Unite For Sight Fifth Annual International
Building Global Health For Today and Tomorrow
April 12-13, 2008
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Join 2,000 conference attendees and 130 speakers
for a stimulating conference.
Keynote Addresses By Dr. Jeffrey Sachs
and Dr. Sonia Sachs
Call For Abstracts
And More Than 130
- DEADLINE JULY 15, 2007 - http://uniteforsight.org/conference/2008/abstracts.php
Register For Conference
- EARLY BIRD RATE ($35 Students, $60 All
Others) Increases After June 15th - http://uniteforsight.org/conference/2008/registration.php
REGISTER BY JUNE 15TH TO SECURE LOWEST RATE
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in international health,
public health, international development, medicine, social
entrepreneurship, eye care, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance,
bioethics, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, and public service.
- Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at
Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development,
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special
Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
- Sonia Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium
*Featured Speakers (Confirmed Thus Far)*
- Greg Allgood, PhD, Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water,
Procter & Gamble
- Michele Barry, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Global Health
Director, Office of International Health; Chief, General Medicine Firm,
Yale University School of Medicine
- Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health
- Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Former US Assistant Surgeon General,
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and
Tufts University Medical Center
- Neil Boothby, EdD, Professor of Clinical Population and Family
Health; Director, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman
School of Public Health
- Harry S. Brown, MD, Founder, Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE)
- Donald Budenz, MD, MPH, Professor of Ophthalmology,
Epidemiology, and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of
- Michael Cappello, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
and Public Health; Director, Program in International Child Health;
Co-Director, International Adoption Clinic, Yale University School of
- Emily Moore and Mark Carlson, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Sociology,
San Diego State University
- James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal
Eye Clinic, Ghana
- Margaret Duah-Mensah, Ophthalmic Nurse, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
- Susan Hall Forster, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department
of Medical Studies, Department of Ophthalmology, Yale School of
Medicine; Chief, Ophthalmology, Yale University Health Services
- Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist and Director of the Bawku Eye
Care Program, Ghana
- Leon Herndon, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Duke
University Eye Center
- Ibrahim Jabr, Interim President, International Trachoma
- Dean Karlan, PhD, President and Founder of Innovations for
Poverty Action; Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University
- Zachary Kaufman, MPhil in International Relations; DPhil
Candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford; JD
Candidate, Yale University Law School
- Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health
Practice, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School
of Public Health
- Doug Lawrence, Vice President/General Manager, BD Medical -
- Tshepo Mbalambi, BSc, Med Sci, MBcHB Candidate, University of
Ghana School of Medicine
- Mini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of
Behavioral Science and Community Health, Program Director Global
Health, New York Medical College School of Public Health
- Edward O'Neil Jr, MD, Founder, Omni Med; Author, Awakening
Hippocrates: Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A
Practical Guide to Global Health Service
- Cliff OCallahan, MD, PhD, Pediatric Faculty, Middlesex Hospital
Family Practice Program; Chair, AAP Section on International Child
- Elijah Paintsil, MD, Associate Research Scientist, Department of
Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine
- Matthew Paul, MD, Danbury Eye Physicians and Surgeons
- Steven C. Phillips, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Global Issues and
Projects, Exxon Mobil Corporation
- Louis Pizzarello, MD, MPH, Secretary General, International
Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
- Thomas Quinn, MD, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global
- Nathan Radcliffe, MD, Glaucoma Service at New York Eye & Ear
- Ian Rawson, MD, CEO/Directeur General, Hopital Albert Schweitzer
- William Reese, President and CEO, International Youth Foundation
- Ilya Rozenbuam, MD, GANY Glaucoma Fellow, New York Eye and Ear
- Lisa Russell, MPH, Filmmaker
- Sarwat Salim, MD, Ophthalmologist
- Werner Schultink, MD, Chief Child Development and Nutrition,
- Bruce Shields, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Chairman
Emeritus, Department of Ophthalmology, Yale University School of
- Peter Singer, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine; Chief,
Clinical Endocrinology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern
- Kari Stoever, Senior Program Officer, Neglected Tropical
Diseases, Sabin Vaccine Institute
- Robert Farris Thompson, PhD, Col. John Trumbull Professor of the
History of Art, Yale University
- Jamie Lachman and Tim Cunningham, Clowns Without Borders
- Satya Verma, OD, FAAO, Director, Community Eye Care,
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
- Seth Wanye, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Clinic of Tamale Teaching
Sunday, July 22 4:00 P.M.
at Colleen Turner's house: 8157 Linda Leigh Lane Indianapolis, IN 46217
Bring a Dish to Share and bring your own drinks
Lots of fun to be had playing ping pong, archery, and darts
An evite will be sent out by Norm in the coming weeks. If you have
been on this webgroup before April 2007 and did not receive an evite
for a previous dinner then please email Norm and let him know.
Also, email him if you have joined the group since April 2007 so he
can add you to the evite list.
Hope to see you at the Rathskeller on Monday, June 25.
Hello RPCVs in Indiana!
We are Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana writing on behalf of Savelugu
School for the Deaf, (Northern Region, Ghana,West Africa) We are
looking for groups and individuals or groups interested in supporting
an expansion of our school. We are building a library and computer
lab as a visual resource center for the 240 children at Savelugu
School for the Deaf (SAVEDEAF). We have raised half of the funds
needed but we need more sponsors for the completion of the project.
Please let us know if there is a project proposal form we should fill
out to be considered for support.
Our school has a lack of decent buildings and learning materials which
are critical in the education of deaf children. As such, the school's
headmistress, some concerned staff members, and myself have put
together a proposal through a format suggested by Peace Corps, seeking
funds to build for our school a computer laboratory and library.
This proposal is posted at peacecorps.gov under the directory
'Volunteer Projects' --Ghana--Computer Lab/Library for deaf school--S.
Krewin--project number 641-226.
Quicklink to the project:
We have secured some donations and we are looking for contributions
from groups interested in supporting education and poverty reduction
Students at SAVEDEAF are struggling on a daily basis to live decent
lives, and to gain a basic education. The students' hearing
disabilities establish a reliance on visual explanation of lesson
topics. However the lack of quality educational resources and teachers
specifically trained in deaf education available to special schools
significantly hinders comprehension of curriculum and training in life
This proposal provides access to teaching and learning tools that are
critical to the special and complex needs of hearing disabled
students. Computers can electronically store and retrieve a great
variety of learning materials for the children who depend on visual
explanations. Savelugu School for the deaf received donations of nine
computers and 400 books but has no place to set them up and teach with
Acquired computer skills will expand employment options and life
skills for deaf Ghanaians who historically have high rates of
unemployment. Access to computers will support school administrative
tasks such as managing student records, enrollment and budget.
The proposed building is estimated by the contractor to take no more
than 2 months to build and we are hoping to finish fundraising by the
first week of May, 2007.
If the RPCVs in Indiana have an interest in this project please
contact Sabrina Krewin ( dontpinch@... ) for full details. A
copy of the full proposal is attached to this email. Please consider
this endeavour, and request any additional documents or information
that should be provided in order for this project to be submitted
through official channels.
Thank you for your consideration and time,
Hoping to see a few of you this evening, Monday, June 25, ( 6 6:30 pm) at the Rathskeller. I've got something I'd like to show to a number of people to get their reactions.
Debbie Anderson <ombili9@...> wrote:
Monday June 25th at
6:30 pm at the Rathskeller
Peace Corps Informational Meeting
Tuesday June 26th at 6:00 pm at the Indiana State Library
Attached are guest speaker guidelines for those who would like to
speak at the informational meeting on June 26th. Only a few people are
needed, so if you are interested RSVP soon.
For these events please RSVP so we can make appropriate plans to
Clifton Johnson 800-424-8580 option 1 or email@example.com
Namibia 00 - 02
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Last Monday, Cliff, Peace Corps Chicago Recruiter, hosted an event at
the Rathskeller. There were at least 8 RPCV's and three nominees.
Thanks to all who came, and we hope the nominees gained helpful
information. Thanks to the RPCV's that joined in for their first
interaction with CIRPCA.
Please let me know (include phone contacts) by the end of the day and
sooner if possible if you can volunteer (and not drop out)for this one
time 3 hour shift during Black Expo. Unfortunately, I'm not able to
volunteer this day because I have a meeting the whole day! After
responding you would be notified as to where you would be working.
A free shuttle will take seniors to and from the Black Expo Health
Fair on its opening night, Thursday, July 19.
NEEDED: two volunteers at each of the five churches that will serve as
pick-up and drop-off points.
TIME: The volunteers should be at the churches from 3-6pm while the
shuttle is running its pick-up route. Volunteer responsibilities will
be to (1) pass out tickets and bags to passengers and (2) to make sure
things are running as smoothly as possible.
We have a slide projector with two cases available for anyone who is interested. It is a Bell and Howell, with a wired remote and has the rectangular cases. Free. I didn’t check it thoroughly, but did turn it on the slides advanced and the fan operates. First come first served. |
Contact me at: gyurek@...
Just address an email to CIRPCA@yahoogroups.com
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