PEACE CORPS PARK & COMMEMORATIVE
Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation
In 2014, a bipartisan Act of Congress authorized the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) to build a commemorative work in the heart of Washington, DC, to recognize the historic significance of the establishment of the Peace Corps in 1961 and to honor the timeless, enduring American ideals on which the Peace Corps was founded. http://peacecorpsdesign.net/commemorative/
LESOTHO: Support for Secondary School Students
SENEGAL: Mentoring Successful Scholars
PERU: Developing Women Entrepreneurs
MOROCCO: Digital Library and Computer Project
NJ PCV Raashnie Gopalrai
The project aims to augment the Library Project at the local school in Essaouira, Morocco by supplying the school with more computers. The middle-high school has about 900 students from ages 10-18 years old. The vision of our Computer Project is to expand and enhance the existing technology curriculum within our school by increasing the amount of available, functioning computers per student and to install these computers with updated, educational programs. Donations will go to purchasing approx. 15 more computers.
ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVAL PROJECT- Phyllis Noble Memorial Oral History Fund:
Digitization of original interviews recorded on cassette
NPCA Affiliate Group
In the oral history project, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers interview other Volunteers about their Peace Corps experiences. Volunteer interviewers cover all costs incurred, including supplies, procuring appropriate equipment and travel expenses to conduct interviews.
Recordings are archived in the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a unit of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Donations to the Phyllis Noble Memorial Oral History Fund, established in 2017, will cover costs of digitizing the 520 interviews recorded on audiocassette tapes from 1999 to 2015 (total cost estimated at $30,000). After these recordings are digitized and go online, the Fund will be used to promote and expand the RPCV Oral History Project. https://www.peacecorpsoralhistory.org/cpages/home
PC DOCUMENTARY FILM: A Towering Task
RPCV Alana DeJoseph, Director
Funded: $250(See $250 donation from 2018 for total of $500 combined). Additional donation made in response to email fundraising campaign dated 5/18/19.
The Peace Corps documentary “A Towering Task” endeavors to be the first comprehensive documentary about the Peace Corps and will look back at the history of the agency, its leaders, and current state through interviews both in the US and internationally. The title of the film comes from John F. Kennedys state of the union address where the stated: “The problems are towering and unprecedented – and the response must be towering and unprecedented as well.”www.peacecorpsdocumentary.com
ECUADOR: Building Community Through Reading
NJ PCV Patricia Healey
This project addresses the need in the community for a permanent location for children and parents, separately and together, that operates 24/7 in a more densely populated, centrally located area of the town. The operation of a new space will allow the organization to continue the programs already in existence and substantially expand the reach; programs such as Children’s Literacy, Rainbow Days, Escuela Para Padres, family meetings, Gender Clubs, music and theater. The first objective is to provide a safe, accessible, permanent location where all the current programs can continue. The second objective is to expand the reach and scope of the organization in order to provide more children, their parents and other community members with opportunities for youth and community development. By having a permanent space, many activities can be scheduled on the weekends or later in the evening when more parents and community members are available. The final objective is to train the adults of the community more fully in the areas the children are learning during the day. This would include themes such as self-esteem, teamwork, communication, gender roles, leadership, and planning.
BENIN: Leadership Through Food Security Camp
NJ PCV Daniel Greenberg
As the economy of Benin is largely based on agriculture, it is extremely pertinent for students to learn about best environmental and agricultural practices. The Leadership through Food Security Camp will be held over 6 days in June 2019. This camp aims to bring together students from all areas of Benin and train them on a variety of topics related to leadership, gender equality and food security. They will serve to inspire the students and can provide guidance so that the students can address food security in their own village, as well as showcasing female financial independence.
ZAMBIA: Youth Development Program
NJ PCV S. Adiabu
The Youth Development Program consists of the renovation of the current resource center which will serve to aid in the education gap and promote healthy activities such as books, games and community led clubs to engage adolescents. Along with the rehabilitation of the Resource center, a maternity Shelter will be built in order to mitigate mother mortality rates in this region. The main goal of this project is to increase capacity in the target population by increasing the amount of students continuing school and decreasing the mortality rates of underage mothers.
This project did not take place and RPCVNJ is working to determine what happened to the donated funds.
MORROCO: Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) & Boys Respecting Others (BRO) Camp
NJ PCV Margaret Blackburn
Camp to be held in a small village in the southern Tata Province of Morocco. Throughout Morocco, harassment and gender inequality are challenges for youth and the importance of gender, empowerment, and equality work is important in Moroccan communities. Worldwide Peace Corps Volunteers are using the GLOW and BRO curriculums to help youth in their communicates improve their self esteem, leadership skills, goal setting, and learning about health relationships. The main goal of this camp is to help improve the participants’ behaviors and to help them learn new ways they can communicate and interact respectfully.
NJ RPCV Tom Johnson (Sierra Leone 1989-91)
In 2003 NJ RPCV Tom Johnson founded Africa Surgery, a non-profit organization providing health care and surgical services to needy people in Sierra Leone. For about 5 months a year Tom lives there working with international and local medical programs and facilities that provide diagnoses and treatment on a wide range of issues. When not there, he coordinates activities from Morristown, NJ, with help from some in-country assistants, including Mohamed Mansuray in Freetown and Foday Tarawalie in Makeni.