“When you join the Peace Corps, you think you’re going to another country to give of yourself—but you end up receiving much more than you give,” says Anne-Claire Benoit (MPA ’12), who is doing her best to balance the scales.
During her three years in the Peace Corps in Niger, Anne-Claire formed a very deep connection with a young woman named Ramatou. “I met her on my first day in the village, and as soon as I saw her I knew we would be connected,” she declares, describing her friend as having a bubbly, happy personality and being extremely smart.
Peace Corps Service Leads to Love for Two Volunteers
Virginia and Brett McNaught both served as Agriculture Volunteers specializing in Forestry in Niger. They were reintroduced years later at the wedding of another Peace Corps couple. During their courtship, they built a school and got engaged in a Nigerien village.
This is a picture of my counterpart, Amara Sani, outside of the village of Tsanwa in the Maradi state of Niger in early 2010. The village of Tsanwa has one foot pump that is 70m deep and two wells to meet their water needs. One of the wells has very dirty water only suitable for animal consumption. When the foot pump broke in December of 2009 the wells soon ran dry. Women had to walk half an hour to the next nearest well, pull the water and then carry it back. This picture is of Amara on her way to that well. My husband raised money through a PCPP for new pump parts and training for 2 of the men from Tsanwa on pump repair, and they got the pump running again.
Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Megan Jenness, Niger