Friday Morning // St. Lucia
I am a woman.
I am strong.
I will be educated.
I will be heard.
I will lead.
I will make my presence felt.
I am the author of my own fate.
I deserve respect.
Turning awareness into action, and hoping to create a lasting message about gender equity in her community, a Peace Corps Volunteer used a screening to recruit volunteers to paint a community mural to celebrate International Women’s Day and in support of gender equity in Nepal. The Dhaulagiri Prabidhik Shikshya Pratishthan (a technical medical school in Baglung Bazar) donated their street facing wall for the mural and on it was painted an image of a Nepali woman with Nepali text translated above.
In honor of Norman Rockwell’s birthday, here are the paintings from his Peace Corps series!
Inspired by the acclaimed film Girl Rising, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kathmandu, Nepal worked with youth and a women’s group in her Baglung community to create a mural to commemorate International Volunteer Day.
The main part of the mural roughly translates to “Let us make our Baglung beautiful, let us be Volunteers.”
(Thanks to Intern Nikki for the translation!)
These girls take turns sewing during Village Apprentice Day at a secondary school in Malawi. As a first-year health Volunteer Briana Scroggins arranged for her life skills class to pair with a local trade smith to teach students about basket making, sewing, knitting, carpentry, tinsmith, art, moringa tree care, baking, and jewelry making. #africa #malawi #peacecorps #latergram #sewing #knitting #crafts #art #education #health
Fighting AIDS with Art
I served in Peace Corps Mozambique from September 2007- November 2009. During my time, I started a community art group within the secondary school, as a branch of JOMA (a Portuguese acronym for “Youth for Change and Action”). JOMA is a nationwide youth development organization started by Peace Corps Volunteers that uses communication mediums at the local level to promote healthy behavior among Mozambican youth, with a mission of social change.
My group in Monapo, Mozambique created over 5 murals in our community to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. This photo is with Momade Abdul, the group leader, helping create a mural in our local market named, “The fight with AIDS starts with us.”
Peace Corps Education Volunteer Nia Chauvin
We are committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS
These photos show the final product of the mural the students and teachers painted at my primary school in Burkina Faso in January 2012. The mural followed activities I led with the teachers to teach the students about HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and stigma.
Peace Corps Health Volunteer Bridget Roby
My husband, Ben, and I were Volunteers in the rural village of Mokuruanyane, South Africa from 2007-2009. I was a Community & HIV/AIDS Outreach Project Volunteer and Ben was an Education Volunteer.
My primary project was working with four women educators to develop Chrysalis Girls Club, an after-school girls empowerment program for the 75 7th grade girls in our village. In the 2008 school year, six weeks of our program were devoted to women’s reproductive health, sex education, and HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention. The girls designed an HIV/AIDS mural, and Ben worked with five male students from the secondary school to sketch the mural onto the wall of Abbotspoort Higher Primary School.
While I worked with the women educators to provide HIV/AIDS education, Ben supervised the girls in painting the mural. Ben took this photo in November 2008, at the end of our first successful year of Chrysalis Girls Club. The mural faces the main road that runs through Mokuruanyane.
Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Susia Barr-Wilson
Botswana is known for its basket weaving, ostrich egg shell jewelery, and hopefully soon, its sculpture. This was created at the Thapong Visual Arts Centre in the capital city, Gaborone. - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Alexis Kanter
Check out this lovely photoblog about one RPCV’s experience in Botswana.
“I’m inspired by the work of Peace Corps Volunteers around the world. Volunteers share their creativity and compassion with their local communities. I hope this print inspires the next generation of Volunteers.” - Shepard Fairey
Fairey has a personal connection with the Peace Corps through his sister, who served as a Volunteer in Togo.
An elder woman in Panama paints a Peace Corps Volunteer with a temporary paint from the juices of a fruit called Jagua.