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Ashley Bell Named Peace Corps Associate Director for External Affairs
Ashley Bell Named Peace Corps Associate Director for External Affairs
Ashley Bell

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2017 — Today, Peace Corps announced Ashley Bell as the new Associate Director for External Affairs. As head of External Affairs, Bell will oversee Peace Corps’ Offices of Communications, Congressional Relations, Gifts and Grants Management and Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs.

“Peace Corps volunteers represent the best the United States has to offer and I am grateful for the opportunity to support an agency founded in the American ideal of serving others,” Bell said. “As head of External Affairs, my hope is to highlight to the public the vital role Peace Corps plays in irrevocably changing the lives of both volunteers and the communities they help.”

Bell joins Peace Corps with a wealth of experience in external affairs and international relations. Prior to Peace Corps, Bell served as a special advisor in the Public Affairs Bureau of the Department of State, where he developed strategy around the Secretary of State’s domestic engagement agenda. During the presidential transition, Bell served as the communications and intergovernmental affairs lead on the landing team at the Department of State.

Before joining the Trump Administration, Bell was a senior strategist for communications at the Republican National Committee (RNC). As national director of African American political engagement for the RNC, he managed and provided strategic direction to over 200 RNC field employees and thousands of volunteers. He is the founder, chief executive officer and chairman of 20/20 Leaders of America. A lawyer by trade, Ashley began his career as a public defender, and later became a trial attorney and co-founder of the law firm Bell & Washington LLP, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University.






First Group of Two-Year Peace Corps Volunteers to Begin Service in Myanmar

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2017 – Today, Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley joined U.S. Charge d’affaires Kristen Bauer and the Rector of East Yangon University, Dr. Kyaw Kyaw Khaung, in Yangon, Myanmar to swear in Myanmar’s first-ever two-year Peace Corps volunteers. After ten weeks of pre-service training, the 15 new volunteers were sworn in at a ceremony at the Karaweik Palace before leaving for their communities where they will teach English at local middle and high schools. Myanmar is the 141st country to invite Peace Corps volunteers to work and live in local communities.

“This day marks a new chapter not just in our volunteers’ lives and careers – but also for the Peace Corps, and for the partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” Acting Director Crowley said. “I thank our Myanmar partners for their kindness, love, and warm welcome. We are honored to serve your communities, and we look forward to working with you, side by side, shoulder to shoulder, towards a brighter future for all our children.”

At the request of the Government of Myanmar, Peace Corps is providing qualified American men and women to assist Myanmar in meeting education goals while also promoting a better understanding between the people of the United States and Myanmar. The Peace Corps’ Myanmar program began in 2016 with a group of short-term Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Yangon Region. Volunteers worked side by side with Myanmar teachers of English in basic education middle and high schools.

Peace Corps volunteers around the world work with communities to strengthen local capacity, facilitate cultural exchanges and build relationships that last a lifetime. The Peace Corps works closely with local governments to support their goals and priorities such as upgrading education standards, improving the capacities of teachers, and providing quality English language instruction to students. 






Former President Jimmy Carter and Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley Present 2017 Lillian Carter Award
Lillian Carter Award Ceremony
Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and Former President Jimmy Carter with the 2017 Lillian Carter Award winner, Leita Kaldi Davis.

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, Former President Jimmy Carter was joined by Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and Executive Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board Ron Stephens to present the 2017 Lillian Carter Award in the Cecil B. Day Chapel at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The biennial ceremony recognizes an outstanding returned volunteer who served over the age of 50 and demonstrates commitment to the Peace Corps’ third goal: To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

The Lillian Carter Award was established in 1986 in honor of former President Carter's mother, who served as a health volunteer in India in 1966 at age 68.

This year, Leita Kaldi Davis, 79, of Bradenton, Florida, received the award. “Rarely does one find an opportunity to change one’s life completely, become immersed in an unknown culture, live among people who are kind, wise, and beautiful,” Davis said. “For three years, as a Peace Corps volunteer, I found ways to help my neighbors with small economic advances, health problems, or education. And they helped me to understand what human dignity really means, and how closely connected we are to the earth.”  

Leita Kaldi Davis

Born and raised near Syracuse, New York, Leita Kaldi Davis of Bradenton, Florida, began her Peace Corps service in Senegal at age 55 in 1993. Davis spent two years working as a small enterprise development volunteer, eventually extending her service for a third year. As a volunteer, she helped women in her community launch their own business of picking and selling mussels at local markets and taught them how to refine their bookkeeping and increase profits. In addition, she built a warehouse for their operations with the help of a small projects loan.

From 1997 to 2002, Davis continued her tenure with the Peace Corps by serving as an administrator of Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, where she cared for Peace Corps volunteers in the field. She later returned to Senegal in both 2001 and 2005 to volunteer at Africa Consultants International (ACI), for which she developed annual appeals and continues to coordinate fundraising efforts. 

Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Davis pursued adult education courses in literature and music at Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, New York University, Tufts University, Harvard University and Alliance Francaise in Paris. She worked as an administrative assistant for the United Nations; a program officer at the Law and Population Program, the International Social Studies Program, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Harvard Institute for International Development; a conference manager at various Florida hotels; an assistant manager of the International Executive Club at CenTrust Bank; and the director of the Foundlings Women’s Club in Miami Beach. After her service, Davis worked as a substitute teacher and a lecturer at the University of South Florida’s Lifelong Learning Academy. Davis retired in 2002.

Since completing her Peace Corps service, Davis has devoted much of her time to promoting the agency’s mission. She has published seven memoirs – two of which document her service overseas, “Roller Skating in the Desert” and “In the Valley of Atibon” – and 50 other articles and stories. In addition, she taught a course titled “Peace Corps at 50” at the Lifelong Learning Academy. Davis has also delivered presentations about the Peace Corps to various groups and organizations – including the U.S. National Committee for UN Women and the American Foreign Service Association – and facilitated discussions at major book clubs about President Carter’s book, “Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”

Davis has been an active member of returned Peace Corps volunteer groups in South Florida and Gulf Coast Florida since 1993 and 2006, respectively. She is also involved with UN Women and collaborates with the Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) to support their community programs for immigrants. Davis received FANM’s Marie Claire Heureuse Award in 2013 for “outstanding leadership on women's rights, and for being an ambassador for social justice and global peace.”  






Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent Champion Service at Moravian College
Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley, Returned Peace Corps Response Volunteer Nate Ferraro, and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) spoke on Friday (9/29) at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Crowley and Dent visited Moravian to discuss the value of making a difference through the Peace Corps and recognize the Keystone State’s impetus for service. From left: Sheila Crowley, Nate Ferraro, and Congressman Dent.
Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley, Returned Peace Corps Response Volunteer Nate Ferraro, and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) spoke on Friday (9/29) at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Crowley and Dent visited Moravian to discuss the value of making a difference through the Peace Corps and recognize the Keystone State’s impetus for service. From left: Sheila Crowley, Nate Ferraro, and Congressman Dent.

Washington, D.C., September 29, 2017 – Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) met with students, faculty and residents today at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to discuss the value of making a difference through the Peace Corps and recognize the Keystone State’s impetus for service. This year, Pennsylvania ranked as the No. 7 Peace Corps Volunteer-producing state in the nation, with 300 residents currently serving overseas.

“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership and service opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Director Sheila Crowley said. “It’s clear that Moravian College alumni have a desire to make the world a better place, their passion for service is ingrained in the Greyhound spirit.”

“It was an honor to be part of today’s event and I greatly appreciate Moravian College for hosting the program. As a citizen of Pennsylvania, I’m extremely proud that our state again ranks in the top 10 of Peace Corps volunteer-producing states.  The Peace Corps remains the preeminent American program for individuals interested in offering their time, effort and abilities to literally make the world better,” Dent said.

Moravian College alumni Krystal Dering, who is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and Nate Ferraro, who served as a Peace Corps Response volunteer, also attended the event to field questions about their experiences living and working overseas.   

Since the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, 56 alumni from Moravian College have traveled abroad to serve as Peace Corps volunteers. In 2015, Moravian College partnered with the Peace Corps to launch its Peace Corps Prep Program, which offers students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and leadership training that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork of successful Peace Corps volunteers.

College graduates who serve with the Peace Corps return home with cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills that help to strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.






Peace Corps Burkina Faso Volunteers Evacuated Safely

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 03, 2017 – The Peace Corps today announced that, acting with an abundance of caution and considering the unique circumstances of their service, all Peace Corps Burkina Faso volunteers have been successfully evacuated out of the country due to security concerns. The Peace Corps has been closely monitoring the safety and security environment in Burkina Faso and will continue to assess the situation. The Peace Corps looks forward to a time when volunteers can return while underscoring that the safety and security of its volunteers are the agency’s top priority.

There were 124 volunteers working in Burkina Faso on projects in community economic development, education and health. The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long partnership with the government and people of Burkina Faso and hopes to be able to continue volunteers’ work there. More than 2,075 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Burkina Faso since the program was established in 1966.




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Out of a Zambian village. Erica Peth click here
The Peace Corps: what do they do? SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1120

Peace Corps volunteers work in close to 30 countries across Africa, and also in Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean. In agriculture, in education, in health.

Why do African countries need the Peace Corps: educated Americans to come to their villages to work and teach?

What happened to the small village that they needed outside help to be self-sufficient, when likely they have been self-sufficient for generations? Is it because of colonization, World Bank policies, ongoing international theft, despair? Most likely all of these.

Does the Peace Corps help the populations feed and education their young, and help lift them out of poverty? Or are all gains snatched by leaders? I am looking for stories of sustained success. Come back for more later.


Above, former members of the Peace Corps march through Philadelphia, July 04, 2011.
Peace Corps in these African Countries in 2013
Benin click here
Botswana
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Burkina Faso click here,
Cameroon click here
Cape Verde
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Ethiopia click here
Gambia click here
Ghana
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Guinea click here
Kenya click here
Lesotho click here
Liberia
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Madagascar click here
Malawi
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Mali click here

Morocco click here
Mozambique click here

Namibia click here
Niger click here
Rwanda click here
Senegal click here
South Africa click here
Swaziland click here
Tanzania click here 
Togo

Tunisia
Uganda
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Zambia click here