Posts tagged reblog
Posts tagged reblog
Happy Birthday Peace Corps!
On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy formally established the Peace Corps by signing Executive Order 10924. Three days later, Sargent Shriver became its first director.
See above the proposed text of the Executive Order, and the and the draft statement announcing the establishment of the Peace Corps with President Kennedy’s hand written edits.
President John F. Kennedy establishes The Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961.
Here, a 1961 brochure for the Peace Corps.
More: Birth of the Peace Corps
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.
Image description: A Peace Corps Volunteer poses with her students under an HIV/AIDS mural they painted at their school in Peru.
Photo by the Peace Corps
As many of you know, in addition to teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I am also involved in youth development work in my community, with a focus on healthy lifestyles. In that vein, my Ukrainian counterparts and I have organized and submitted a grant proposal with the intent of providing the local youth sports center with much needed equipment (from sports equipment to heating units.) Please take a look at the project, and if you’re able to, donate! Even if you’re not personally able to donate to the project, please forward the information to anyone and everyone you think would be interested in being part of this undertaking!
(PS I will be promoting this project endlessly until it’s funded, so be prepared!!)
old Soviet movie theater (which we’re converting into a youth sports center as part of my secondary Peace Corps project)
Three things I miss about Peace Corps; my host community and family, my hut and the view I got up to every morning!
I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next two chapters of my Life Without Lights project - with the goal of getting the work in front of policy makers, as the UN has made 2012 it’s year to focus on energy access. Donor rewards include prints, solar lights from D.light Design, and more, especially for those of you in the energy sector. Please have a look, re-post, and consider contributing. Thanks!
Find ways that you can get involved or get tested for HIV.