Peace Corps Volunteers John Hart and Caroline Lucas helped launch a women-owned small business in Armenia selling and producing handmade stuffed bears. Since the Berd Bear project started in March 2011, the women have sold 230 bears, and generated thousands of dollars.

“The women of Berd are incredibly talented and hardworking. They put a lot of pride into their craft, which is evident in each carefully and lovingly handmade bear,” said Lucas. “As sales of the Berd Bear increase, more local Armenian women are able to work in full-time positions with the BWRCF.”

Additional income generated by sales of the Berd Bear is used to provide members of the foundation with training classes in basic computer skills, business development and other topics.

“Aside from the financial benefits generated by bear sales, the women are also gaining business and leadership skills,” continued Lucas. “Now, these women can help support their families.”

(Source: peacecorps.gov)

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I took this photo in August, 2011, in Moldova, at my Romanian tutor’s home. My tutor, her husband (pictured), and I spent the day in the garden collecting fresh fruits and veggies to prepare for an afternoon feast that we would all help prepare. Gheorghe made me try every vegetable and fruit their garden had to offer. Here, he just tasted a cucumber and was giving it to me for an official taste test. It was delicious!

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Alexandra Chebuhar

I took this photo in August, 2011, in Moldova, at my Romanian tutor’s home. My tutor, her husband (pictured), and I spent the day in the garden collecting fresh fruits and veggies to prepare for an afternoon feast that we would all help prepare. Gheorghe made me try every vegetable and fruit their garden had to offer. Here, he just tasted a cucumber and was giving it to me for an official taste test. It was delicious!

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Alexandra Chebuhar

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cityyear:

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to recognize African American leaders who exemplify City Year’s refreshed organizational values.
1) Service to a Cause Greater than Self: We dedicate ourselves to addressing shared civic challenges through unified action.
Aaron S. Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, is a perfect example of this City Year value. Williams served in the Peace Corps from 1967-1970 and then became the coordinator of minority recruitment and project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in his hometown of Chicago from 1970-1971. Williams has also done a lot of work supporting international development all over the world outside of the Peace Corps as well.
To learn more about Aaron Williams, click here.

cityyear:

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to recognize African American leaders who exemplify City Year’s refreshed organizational values.

1) Service to a Cause Greater than Self: We dedicate ourselves to addressing shared civic challenges through unified action.

Aaron S. Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, is a perfect example of this City Year value. Williams served in the Peace Corps from 1967-1970 and then became the coordinator of minority recruitment and project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in his hometown of Chicago from 1970-1971. Williams has also done a lot of work supporting international development all over the world outside of the Peace Corps as well.

To learn more about Aaron Williams, click here.

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We received 29 computers from a donor in Australia for the computer lab at one of our primary schools. Woody got a few of them set up in time to have an “impromptu” opening of the new computer lab after school just to allow the kids to check out the computers.
Unfortunately due to a wiring mismatch with the electrical sockets, we only had enough working outlets to be able to get two computers running. But, after letting a few kids into the lab to try out the computers, we soon realized that they were very excited to use the computers. We let them play typing tutor games and demonstrated to them where to hold their fingers on the keyboard.
For some of them, it was their first time even touching a computer.

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Robin Al-haddad

We received 29 computers from a donor in Australia for the computer lab at one of our primary schools. Woody got a few of them set up in time to have an “impromptu” opening of the new computer lab after school just to allow the kids to check out the computers.

Unfortunately due to a wiring mismatch with the electrical sockets, we only had enough working outlets to be able to get two computers running. But, after letting a few kids into the lab to try out the computers, we soon realized that they were very excited to use the computers. We let them play typing tutor games and demonstrated to them where to hold their fingers on the keyboard.

For some of them, it was their first time even touching a computer.

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Robin Al-haddad

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I am in the middle of helping create bathrooms for an elementary school of 200 students in Morocco. This is a view taken from the top of the bathroom, looking down. This picture was taken by a Moroccan volunteer using my camera. The volunteers are wetting the cement, then they will mix it, and pass it on to the top of the bathroom so they can finish creating the ceiling.

Peace Corps Health Volunteer Samantha Spencer

I am in the middle of helping create bathrooms for an elementary school of 200 students in Morocco. This is a view taken from the top of the bathroom, looking down. This picture was taken by a Moroccan volunteer using my camera. The volunteers are wetting the cement, then they will mix it, and pass it on to the top of the bathroom so they can finish creating the ceiling.

Peace Corps Health Volunteer Samantha Spencer

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