You can choose the AIDS-Free Generation Photo Contest PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER!
These are just two of the amazing photos that are waiting for YOUR vote!
(P.S. A reblog to help us get the word out would be great! The more votes, the better!)
We are thrilled to announce that Alicia Keys will be selecting the winners of our AIDS-Free Generation Photo Contest! As co-founder and global ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, Keys is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families living with AIDS. Her passion combined with her artistic vision will help us select the winning photos that express the spirit of the Peace Corps Volunteers. Their work around the world is truly an inspiration to us all.
PCVs & RPCVs: Still planning to submit your photos? We’ve extended the deadline to 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 4! Visit www.peacecorps.gov/photocontest for more info
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 27 to get a glimpse at what it’s like for Peace Corps Volunteers as they adapt to overseas cultures that can be less than tolerant of their sexual identities.
(HT to the Washington Blade for the awesome photos of RPCVs marching in the DC Pride Parade!)
With the help of two fellow Peace Corps volunteers, and contacts from the Department of Agriculture, we were recently able to complete a successful chicken management workshop in Calle San Rafael. This workshop gave 27 participants the tools needed to make there own chicken feed, watering systems, homemade chicken coops, and information about chicken health. It’s a more sustainable alternative to asking for fund for agricultural projects from the government, a practice that too often pervades Paraguayan campo culture.
The oldest currently-serving Peace Corps Volunteer Bernie Cheriff (Left) returned home from Ukraine last week. Bernie is pictured here with Peace Corps Volunteer Kaitlyn Hauter and a Peace Corps staff member at a half marathon held in Ukraine.
Congrats on your service, Bernie!
In recognition of Mother’s Day, Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide are engaging in projects to improve maternal health, educate new mothers and support women and children. Volunteers regularly serve in maternity clinics, teach nutrition to new and expecting mother’s and provide information to keep families healthy.
Today, 22 percent of all Peace Corps Volunteers work in the health/HIV sector. Health Volunteers help communities meet basic public health needs through education and awareness, providing access to safe drinking water, distributing bed nets for malaria prevention, teaching sanitation measures and more. Even though Peace Corps volunteers are not medical care providers, they provide the skills and training to help keep communities healthy and safe. Many volunteers participate in health-related projects during the course of their service.
We thank our Volunteers for supporting mothers worldwide and wish all the mothers in the Peace Corps family a happy, healthy, and safe Mother’s Day!
In honor of Mother’s Day, we are shining the spotlight on the maternal health work our Volunteers are doing around the world. Here’s a success story from two Peace Corps Volunteers in Albania!
Two years ago, Volunteer Barbara Stallings started a prenatal education program for expectant mothers and health professionals in her community. After her close of service, it was handed over to Volunteer Jessica Goodell, who continued to develop and grow the program.
Barbara found that the concept of childbirth education was a very novel one in her Albanian community, with many cultural barriers, leading to nervous expectant mothers who were more likely to have complications.
To address this issue, Barbara helped facilitate a program that successfully trained one Albanian “Childbirth Educator” with a background in nursing and physical therapy to teach classes. Eleven expectant mothers and one father participated in the classes. The participation of the one father during class is a separate success story itself!
After taking over the project, Jessica worked with Albania’s Ministry of Health, the Institute of Public Health and her local Directorate of Public Health to organize a “Childbirth Educator Training of Trainers” to increase the number of “Childbirth Educators” who can transfer skills and expand the scope of educated expectant mothers. She applied for accreditation through the Ministry of Health and was approved to conduct the training, with seven professional credit hours to incentivize health professionals to participate.
A total of 20 health professionals (nurse-midwives, midwives, nurses, and social workers) were successfully trained. Now there are twenty-one “Childbirth Educators” prepared to teach a childbirth education class to expectant mothers in this community.
Great job, ladies!
Peace Corps Volunteers Caryn Steinbrecher and Leslie W. Stewart IV organized a youth leadership camp called “Super Vacaciones” in Nicaragua. Twenty-four kids, between the ages of 7-12, participated in the camp, which covered topics including: HIV/AIDS awareness, teenage pregnancy prevention, gender roles, self-esteem development, life skills planning, leadership, and creativity. The goal of the camp was to provide students with an intellectually stimulating environment, which incorporated physical, creative, and thought provoking activities.
Zambia, World Malaria Day 2012The National Malaria Control Centre organized mobile clinics around townships to screen, test, and treat people.The Peace Corps Stomp Out Malaria Coordinator Jane Coleman and a Linking Income and Food Environment Volunteer Laura Walls walked around with community health workers and their loud speakers, letting people know to come to the mobile clinic to get tested!Jane and Laura spent the rest of the morning with the patients and staff screening, testing and treating mothers, children under five and even some of their fathers.People were lined up around the clinic and many people went home with Coartem and will be happy and healthy for the month of May!
Peace Corps Volunteers Commemorate Earth Day
Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide commemorated Earth Day by working with people in their local communities to become more environmentally conscious and protect the local ecosystem. Volunteers regularly help communities organize recycling projects and environmental youth clubs, assist with park management, and forest, soil, and marine conservation.