Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. On April 22, U.S. Ambassador Mark Childress swore in thirty-six Peace Corps Volunteers to their two years of service in Tanzania. The volunteers will work in community health education and sustainable agriculture in sixteen districts throughout Tanzania. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam and was attended by the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms. Regina Kikuli, and Tanzania Peace Corps Country Director Dr. Elizabeth O’Malley, as well as former Peace Corps Volunteers from around the world, and officials from partner government and volunteer agencies.
The thirty-six volunteers sworn in today will be stationed in the following districts: Iringa, Mufindi, Kondoa, Mbinga, Masasi, Ludewa, Lushoto, Songea, Kiteto, Makete, Singida Rural, Same, Njombe, Kilolo and Makambako.
The volunteers will offer assistance and training on environmental education, including land degradation, preserving water catchments, soil conservation and implementation of agro-forestry techniques and emphasize partnership with women and youth. Volunteers also offer bio-intensive gardens to promote household food security as well as a variety of income generating activities.
The volunteers will also help strengthen public health by working with, youth, health service providers and community groups to promote healthy behaviors, including HIV/AIDS prevention, and care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children. The volunteers work closely with village health committees to analyze community needs and priorities and promote.
Founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps is a U.S. Government agency that supports about 8,000 volunteers in more than 75 countries. For 48 years, Peace Corps has maintained apolitical and non-sectarian ideals of technical and cultural exchange. More than 189,000 volunteers have served in 138 countries. Peace Corps promotes world peace and friendship by fulfilling three fundamental goals:
- Providing American volunteers who contribute to the social and economic development of interested countries;
- Promoting a better understanding of Americans among the people who volunteers serve;
- Strengthening Americans’ understanding of the world and its peoples.
More than 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Tanzania since 1962. The Peace Corps provides trained American volunteers who work with communities in the fields of secondary education (math, science, and information and communications technology), health promotion, and environmental education.
To request more information, please email Japhet Sanga (SangaJJ@state.gov), Senior Information Specialist at U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam.