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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"I think these photos sum up the Peace Corps Aquaculture Program, in that by teaching people how to raise fish they are able to provide themselves with a sustainable protein source that can increase health."
Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Chris Kelly, who served in Zambia from 2001-2003, helped his community build these fish ponds to help introduce more protein into their diets. The child holding the fish is most likely suffering from Kwashiorkor Syndrome, which is a severe protein malnutrition that affects children.