US Ambassador Deborah Malac has lauded the continued support of the Government and people of Liberia that has made the U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers’ experiences “so enriching.”
Ambassador Malac at the swearing-in of Peace Corps Response Volunteers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia said, “let us all continue our unwavering dedication to the Peace Corps because when we work together to educate for life, we also change lives”.
A US Embassy release said Ambassador Malac noted there were five Response Volunteers to be sworn in, but over the next 12 months the Peace Corps plans to expand the number of volunteers back to the level it was in the pre-Ebola era.
According to the US envoy, volunteers also will continue to build Liberian capacity that spans far beyond the classroom; “as you all have shown in your commitment to gender equity, food security, malaria prevention, and many other initiatives in the past. All of these activities prepare youth to be productive adults and citizens.”
She said volunteers will continue to help students and teachers better employ limited resources such as libraries, laboratory materials, and learning aids and will begin looking at ways they can help support public health and literacy initiatives.
“Many of you in the audience are personally aware of the fortitude demonstrated by Peace Corps Volunteers who have provided educational opportunities for Liberians for over five decades,” Malac noted.
The Ebola outbreak forced the evacuation of more than 100 Peace Corps Volunteers. The five of those volunteers back to Liberia are Maureen, Kris, Matt, Brian, and Luc.
The Peace Corps Volunteer program was established by Executive Order 10924, issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961.