Peace Corps Rising

Arabsiyo Mother

 My years in Peace Corps Somalia were the best education I could ever have. The long term effects on the Somalis by the PC Groups are remembered by Somalis as “the best Americans” they ever met, not me, but the whole group, year after year, living with the same difficult world around us. I have returned to Somalia in numerous capacities over the past 40 years, and the simple volunteers who were living a simple life there are still having positive effect. Hard to believe if you haven’t been there, but it’s true. I, too, call on the expanded funding for the Peace Corps.

If recent returnees are reporting a broken system, then it may have something to do with the recent Top Down Bush approach even to the Peace Corps. I saw similar deterioration in the Nixon years. The problem was Peace Corps Washington, not the Volunteers in the bush. Carter and Clinton supported the Peace Corps and it rebounded. Second, review your thoughts about the Peace Corps after you have been back in the US rat race for a couple of years. It gets sweeter with age.

 

A Letter from Peter Yarrow to Rep. Lowey on the Importance of the Peace Corps Vote

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-yarrow/a-letter-to-rep-lowey-on_b_216133.html

Dearest Rep. Nita Lowey, This is a personal message to you from your buddy, your long time supporter and your friend, Puff\’s \”real\” daddy. In the vote coming up next week . . .

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A Different Discussion About Aid


President Kagame, you and your brother in arms, Yoweri Museveni, bring a sense of understanding to the politics of the Lakes area that I wish would spread in all directions. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia, development worker in Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya, I applaud your “Different Discussion About Aid.” Would that the world would hear it.
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