Building a new home in rural Zambia takes a lot of time and effort. On May 30, 2008, in a small village in the Luapula province, much of the community helped to build a home of mud bricks and dried grass for a struggling family in the village. The photograph I took shows six women carrying pails of water from a nearby stream to the men who mix the water into mud to make new bricks and mortar.

- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Jason Hays

Building a new home in rural Zambia takes a lot of time and effort. On May 30, 2008, in a small village in the Luapula province, much of the community helped to build a home of mud bricks and dried grass for a struggling family in the village. The photograph I took shows six women carrying pails of water from a nearby stream to the men who mix the water into mud to make new bricks and mortar.

- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Jason Hays

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Peace Corps Volunteers Introduce Alternative Fuel Source to Communities in Madagascar and Rwanda

Peace Corps Volunteers in Madagascar and Rwanda are working to reduce the impact of deforestation by introducing green charcoal into local communities. This environmentally safe method of charcoal production serves as a sustainable alternative to wood charcoal and can generate income for local families and organizations. Green charcoal bricks are created using a combination of biomass materials such as agricultural waste, leaves, grass and sawdust. The material is chopped up and soaked in water, and then pressed with a manual ram and cylinder into a pellet and left in the sun to dry.

(Source: peacecorps.gov)

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My first Qunioa seeds are growing!

They scared me, they were planted a month ago and then nothing… but sure enough, tiny green life!

—This is a little project I’m working on with my friend Zoë, I gave about a teaspoon of Quinoa seeds to 8 families in my village and asked them to try growing them. The real goal is that people would be willing to eat this as a part of their regular diet, because its chocked full of protein and nutrients that aren’t a part of their regular diets. I’ll let you know how it turns out in about 5 months.

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Many Volunteers will contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise. For instance, Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Jared Tharp is working on an urban garden at a hospital in Senegal that helps feed the patients in the infectious diseases ward. He also tends to several smaller gardens that are used by the patients as part of their therapy and works with local families, many of whom who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, to develop their own sustainable food sources.

(Source: youtube.com)

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Two Volunteers take part in a training session at local rice paddies in Tlekung, Indonesia (Java Timur). They beat the rice plants to remove kernels, which are later dried to allow removal of actual rice. 

Volunteer Paige Gable - Peace Corps Indonesia, 2011-2013 First Place - Providing Technical Assistance 50th Anniversary Photo Contest

Two Volunteers take part in a training session at local rice paddies in Tlekung, Indonesia (Java Timur). They beat the rice plants to remove kernels, which are later dried to allow removal of actual rice. 

Volunteer Paige Gable - Peace Corps Indonesia, 2011-2013 
First Place - Providing Technical Assistance
50th Anniversary Photo Contest

(Source: collection.peacecorps.gov)

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