#LetGirlsLearn Launches – and the National Peace Corps Association is There! | National Peace Corps Association: “It’s not every day that the National Peace Corps Association gets a shout out from the First Lady, but yesterday the Peace Corps community was the center of White House attention for the launch of Let Girls Learn, a powerful new collaboration to expand access to education for girls around the world.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in particular know firsthand how educating a girl can trigger a positive ripple effect that lasts a lifetime – and how lack of educational opportunity cripples communities. ‘Girls education’ isn’t an abstract concept; we can put names on faces, point to places on a map.
NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at the White House for the announcement.
Over the years our RPCV member groups have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for projects in support of girls education, and countless RPCVs have started nonprofits or have worked individually in ways large and small to improve the life chances of girls around the world.”
Let Girls Learn: “As part of the U.S. government’s commitment to Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10% of teenage girls complete secondary school.
This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change, and every American can get involved and make a difference.“
Calvin College – International Development Studies – Faith and International Development Conference: “Carrie Hessler-Radelet: Director of the Peace Corps” will be one of the speakers for this event. Information, cost and a list of the other speakers is available. We welcome the Peace Corps Director to Grand Rapids.
National Peace Corps Association Awards More Than $20,000 for Community-based Ebola Relief | National Peace Corps Association: “Washington, DC — November 20th, 2014 — The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) – a nonprofit alumni organization that champions a lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals – announced today that it has awarded seven grants to community-based projects that address Ebola relief in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The grants, totaling $20,839, were raised in donations through the NPCA website http://www.PeaceCorpsConnect.org on behalf of the three Peace Corps countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. This was the first of several rounds of funding as the NPCA pursues a goal of raising $100,000 for Ebola relief.
‘The Peace Corps community is uniquely positioned to help identify and support efforts in communities where resources can have significant impact,’ noted NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst.
Added Russell Morgan, Dr.P.H., Chair of the Ebola Relief Fund Steering Committee, ‘Together, using modern technology, the affected people in the three countries and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served there have continued to communicate and work at the local community level where the most severe problems exist, and together create practical, sustainable programs for addressing the problems.’
[Visit the site for a complete list of organizations that received aid. Our group, RPCV’s of West Michigan donated $200 toward this fund in November, 2014.]
The NPCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to dispensing 100 percent of money raised to Ebola relief. All contributions are tax-deductible. For more information and to donate, please go to www.NPCAEbolaRelief.org.”
(Via. RPCV’s of West Michigan)