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New Peace Corps volunteers begin service in Ethiopia



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New Peace Corps volunteers begin service in Ethiopia

Peace Corps Volunteers take Oath

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New Peace Corps volunteers begin service in Ethiopia

Press Release

Addis Ababa, December 18, 2009 –

United States Chargé d’Affaires in Ethiopia Dr. Tulinabo Mushingi today swore-in 41 new Peace Corps Volunteers. The forty-one Americans will spend the next two years as Community Health Volunteers in four regions in the country where they will focus on prevention of HIV/AIDS infection, care and support for those affected by the disease, and services in support of orphans and vulnerable children.

“What has sustained the long and vibrant relationship between the United States and Ethiopia is the partnership and mutual respect between our peoples. Few other programs can rival the Peace Corps in its fostering of lasting and close human connections across cultures,” Dr. Mushingi told the crowd of over 200 government officials, local dignitaries, and former Peace Corps Volunteers during a ceremony at the American Embassy.

This latest cohort of individuals brings the total number of American Peace Corps Volunteers having served in Ethiopia since the program’s founding in 1962 to 3,012. The forty-one volunteers not only represent the American spirit of service and volunteerism, but also reflect the broad diversity of the American people.

The latest group includes volunteers of many ethnicities including African-, Asian-, Caucasian-, and Hispanic-Americans. They range in age from 22 to 68 years old. The 23 women and 18 men hail from twenty states throughout the United States. The volunteers will work in partnership with local community health centers throughout the Amhara, Oromia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s, and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.

Peace Corps Volunteers

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In 1962, Ethiopia became one of the very first countries to invite Peace Corps to establish a program, just one year after the Peace Corps was founded. The primary focus of the program initially was on education, with the goal of training skilled workers and promoting economic development. In addition, volunteers worked in agriculture, basic education, tourism, health, and economic development and taught English as a foreign language.

The Peace Corps remained in Ethiopia until 1977 and returned in 1995. The program was suspended again in 2000 because of security concerns during the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Peace Corps program in Ethiopia re-opened in 2007. Peace Corps/Ethiopia is currently focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, and assistance to orphans and vulnerable children, as a partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The Peace Corps is celebrating a 49-year legacy of service at home and abroad. Since 1961, more than 195,000 Volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 135 countries where Volunteers have served. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.



Comment from: eselem [Visitor]

Good luck!!I hope you will have a chance to see how this dictator regime’s bad deeds have effected this nation citizens.

12/18/09 @ 23:53
Comment from: straight shooter [Visitor]
straight shooter

Good Luck and Blessings.

12/19/09 @ 00:51
Comment from: daniel [Visitor]

All are cia agents.

12/19/09 @ 02:26
Comment from: c´moi senait [Visitor]
c´moi senait

Please .STAY away! We the TRUE ethiopian does not need a Crack-heads CIA´s agents .

12/19/09 @ 04:06
Comment from: Mebrak [Visitor]

I wish good time in this beuetiful country and i believe you will the expose you have a chance to see the criminal act and empty crying of those opposition parties and ant-Ethiopians.

12/19/09 @ 04:38
Comment from: Fikir [Visitor]

Thanks for your service to my fellow Ethiopians!

12/19/09 @ 06:17
Comment from: woldeyesus [Visitor]

God bless the American Peace Corp volunteers who are willing to go to places where even educated locals don’t want to be!

For those who cry CIA, you should ask yourselves first ‘why should America spend a dime on CIA agents in countries like Ethiopia?’ I apologize for deflating your egos but you have nothing to be kept secret. The one thing that authorities in that country tried to hide from the world in successive administrations is FAMINE and that too is exposed repeatedly, when Ethiopia extends her begging hands every now and then. So, please ask yourselves again if you are being truthful when you try to give these good people who wanted to help you, a non-flattering name.

12/19/09 @ 13:11
Comment from: Black boy [Visitor]
Black boy

c’moi senaite
You never stop you stupid banter….. every forigner is a spy :lalala:
Wow brain box that’s right plant the seeds of suspicion and next year your Woyane leaders will buy it and expell everybody as they try to steal the 2010 elections Ops sorry they already have How about show me the money? if they were bringing $$$$$ they would siddenly be your dearly beloved Americans coming to help your poor brothers and sisters and you would heap a million blessings from Allah on them

12/19/09 @ 17:45
Comment from: Hagerwedad [Visitor]

The timing is suspect- five months to the next election. What we have here maybe 41 Addis ferenji bloggers blogging ethno divisive diatribes meant to cause mayhem like addis ferenj of 2005 did.

12/19/09 @ 17:59
Comment from: kebede tamrou [Visitor]
kebede tamrou

Hey Mebrak,first you’re not an Ethiopian citizen second, it’s time to improve your english.
Until you are not writing properly you little son of banda,incult and imbecile.shut up ok!

12/19/09 @ 18:09
Comment from: Tazabe [Visitor]

c´moi senait,:crazy:

Dude or lady whatever your name sounds like please comment sensibly. You sound like a miserable person born to curse. You can comment without street language. By that I mean educated comment at least 12th grade level. If you can type by using a key board behind a computer screen obviously you have some type of education. In short disagree in a matured way. Remember, you can’t be heard more by cursing in fact it is the opposite.

12/19/09 @ 18:59
Comment from: De La Manchu [Visitor]
De La Manchu

God bless you abundantly and be a blessing, with a smile.
I did benefit immensely from the peace corps teachers guidance. You will fall in love with Ethiopia thou you may have a culture shock at the beginning. The people are peace loving and respectful and the weather is mild and pleasant.
Blessed are these two nations and peoples whose God is the LORD.

12/20/09 @ 04:04
Comment from: Black boy [Visitor]
Black boy

SorrY all to break this news to you I just found out from a reliable source the reason C’moi senait :crazy: can’t help “Shim self” is because C’moi senait :crazy: is a severely confused Habesha-Franco wannabe and a Hermaphrodite who recently escaped from a trans gender mental institute 88| and there is a handsome reward of just $10 88| for “shim’s” capture and return to the institute, so even they don’t seriously want “Shim” back litte do they know “shim” is here trying to cause havoc on every serious topic LOL

12/20/09 @ 05:57
Comment from: Wubet bager [Visitor]
Wubet bager

c’moi senait
I know you on your scripts,you devle.Hopless and nonambitious.we pray to god for what happened in ethio to be the will of God.Whites are not gods even more enemies than real mission.

12/20/09 @ 11:15
Comment from: Big Deal [Visitor]
Big Deal

USA doesn’t need CIA agents where the head of state himself is a shady character probably a CIA himself.

The idea that he could stay in power without getting his hands dirty during his “guerilla” years is fantasy. He’s on their payroll…I have no proof but I’ve a hunch.

AS for the so called Peace Corps, better label them the Corps of Pervesion. I don’t trust any foreign visitors to Ethiopia as Ethiopian VISA requirements don’t have any kind of questions related to morals.

You’re asked if you ever were a communist, or terrorist or headign to US to practice bigamy or polygamy, why doesn’t Ethiopia create her own cultural/moral questions to filter out people with intentions of sex tourism and are bent on taking their perversions to Ethiopia?

I have been living here for 10 yrs and I don’t trust white Americans a bit. Especially shady “religious” characters, televangelists and people who pretend to do good. No theif goes to steal by looking and acting like a thief.

Q for editors:
Was my last post inflammatory enough to have been censored? or Do you have other criteria?

I still think that our people’s downfall won’t be famien or war but the introduction of Western style moral lapses.

12/20/09 @ 14:58



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