Last day at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School!
Munting Batangas, Balanga. Philippines
With nearly 3.5 million reported cases annually, malaria remains the number one killer in Ghana. Roughly one-third of all reported cases in Ghana are among children under the age of 5. This equates to nearly seven newly diagnosed cases of malaria every minute and almost 40 deaths of children under the age of 5 every day.
In an effort to optimize resources, Peace Corps Ghana’s Standing with Africa to Terminate (SWAT) Malaria Initiative teamed up with Tech Think Tank and an impressive crew of nearly 27 computer programmers to address this burden. The result of this collaboration was a hackathon, with malaria as the sole focus.
Read more about it here
When was the last time you attended a Hack-A-Thon or charged your device using solar energy? Volunteers around the world apply different technologies to engage with their communities. Whether it’s to finish a project or connect back home, with community members, or each other, Volunteers use various social media sites, translation services, and hardware devices to strengthen their connection with the community and the community’s connection to the world.
Are you ready to serve? Get started here!
This past weekend, 44 new Peace Corps trainees arrived in Skopje—one of the largest volunteer classes ever in Macedonia! They were welcomed by these local folk performances on their first day of training #culture #culturalexchange #dancing #folkdance #Macedonia #latergram
Camp LION (Leaders In Our Nation) - Uganda
How AmeriCorps Gets Things Done
In the last 20 years, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have been improving the lives of millions. From preparing the workforce to mobilizing volunteers; check out this awesome infographic to see How AmeriCorps Gets Things Done. To learn more visit AmeriCorps.gov.
This is how I remember September 11th.
I went on a school field trip with my teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life, that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and for the world.
After we understood what was going on, my teachers and friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I had not felt so much love and concern before that moment.
For me, this picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like to remember September 11th as this picture.
- Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl
When first arriving in Malawi for our two-year stay, the Peace Corps shared with us the three goals that translate into the overall mission of promoting world peace and friendship. The second goal of offering a better understanding of Americans to the people of the country served seems an ongoing challenge. It is probably the most difficult to achieve because it means dissolving some pre-existing perceptions of who Americans are and what America is like.
This delicious recipe for lamb and peanut stew comes from Amber Patterson in Massachusetts:
- Cooking oil
- 1-2 lbs. lamb
- 1 C peanut butter
- 1-2 C water or beef broth
- 1 Maggi cube (chicken bouillon also works)
- 1-2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2-4 tomatoes, cut into sections
- 1 hot chile pepper
- 1 or more chopped vegetables: cabbage, carrots; eggplant, potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, or turnips are commonly used
- Salt & black pepper (to taste)
- Heat oil in a large pot. Sauté meat & onions over high heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the peanut butter & water. Simmer for about 30 minutes until all ingredients are tender.
- Reduce heat and add peanut butter. Stir.
- Add water or broth as needed to make a smooth sauce.
- Serve over rice.
Commogri features: Alexandra Duello
Commogri features Alexandra Duello. She’s been serving in the peacecorps as a Community Health Volunteer in Paraguay since Feb 2013 and will be there until April 2015. She’s got some unreal experiences that you can see on her instagram account or blog (http://aduello.wordpress.com/). #turn2norm
"I feel very fortunate to be a part of something that is so inspiring and positive."
One day a GIANT stick bug fell out of my roof. How cool is that?! It climbed right back up the wall, except for a brief stint where I tried to pick it up. Did you know stick bugs have wings? I did not, and it sure did give me a start! They can’t really fly as their wings are disproportionately small to their bodies but it does let them glide or rather fall gracefully from predators or overly curious Peace Corps volunteers. After that I left it alone and it is probably still living in my roof. I mean, I can’t tell since it’s a stick bug and my roof is made of sticks but I don’t see why it would want to leave.
OH MAN, WHAT IF MY ROOF IS REALLY JUST MADE OF STICK BUGS AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW? Definitely a possibility.
For anyone who is interested in development, the Peace Corps offers an entre into the highly-competitive world of international aid work.