old Soviet movie theater (which we’re converting into a youth sports center as part of my secondary Peace Corps project)
“There is a lot of good that will come out of the beekeeping project. My hope is that families in town will start to eat and buy honey instead of white sugar for the additional health benefits that honey provides. Working in a group will allow cooperative members to collaborate and exchange advice, as well as sell honey in bulk to larger organizations.”
- Peace Corps Volunteer Elizabeth Clark, who started a beekeeping cooperative with 18 local families in rural Ecuador. The honey generated by the bees will be sold to local stores and provide an income for local families. The project is funded through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), which raises money for Peace Corps volunteer community projects.
Two Volunteers are helping communities across Senegal install 52 water pumps over the course of a year. In August, they began installing the “rope pumps,” which use a simple, appropriate technology that accelerates the process of pulling water out of wells. The pumps also relieve congestion around wells in local villages and give people access to more water.
Do you live in a top state? How much Volunteer spirit lives in your city?
Today we announced the top states and cities where Peace Corps Volunteers call home in 2011. California, New York, and Texas topped the list, while the greatest number of Volunteers per capita came from the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Oregon. In 2011,For the second consecutive year, Missoula, Mont., topped the list of metro areas, followed by Ithaca, N.Y. and Fort Collins, Colo.
Currently, there are more than 9,000 volunteers serving in 75 countries around the world.
I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next two chapters of my Life Without Lights project - with the goal of getting the work in front of policy makers, as the UN has made 2012 it’s year to focus on energy access. Donor rewards include prints, solar lights from D.light Design, and more, especially for those of you in the energy sector. Please have a look, re-post, and consider contributing. Thanks!
Happy International Volunteer Day! A big shout out to our Volunteers working hard around the world and to all of our future Volunteers.
Help us celebrate the day. Reblog and share your favorite ways to Volunteer!
This photo was taken at a World AIDS Day vigil in Fiji on Dec. 1, 2009. Stakeholders in reproductive health organized the event which included personal testimony, a puppet show about prevention, and speakers from each major religious denomination who spoke on uniting for the cause. This photo shows the candle lighting on a large red ribbon. There were 311 candles to represent the confirmed cases of HIV on the island at the time. - Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Sarah Taylor
Thank you for reading, watching, and reblogging during our Worlds AIDS Day 2011 commemoration. December 1st is just one day out of many that Peace Corps Volunteers work to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS around the world. For more information on what Peace Corps Volunteers do, visit www.peacecorps.gov/hiv
Students at a Peace Corps Volunteer’s school in China commemorate World AIDS Day.
Community members hold a candlelight vigil for people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Ecuador.
United in Response
A Peace Corps Volunteer congratulates her student on his creation of an HIV/AIDS mural at the Kerugoya School for the Deaf in Kenya.