Peace corps volunteers sworn in

GIS:-The Eight Volunteers will each be Assigned to A School on A Two-Year Tenure.

Starting this week, eight schools on the island will benefit from the services of the newly-installed United States Peace Corps volunteers.

The United States Peace Corps and Saint Lucia are this year celebrating 56 years of partnership.  Eight volunteers were sworn in recently, making it the 89th group of United States Peace Corps volunteers to serve the island to date.

Speaking at the installation ceremony, Country Director for Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean, Mary Kate Lowndes, said over the past five decades the peace corps have and continue to require three elements that are critical to enable them to function.

“First of all the volunteers are Americans who have come forward to volunteer here in the Eastern Caribbean, whose country counterpart and staff welcome the volunteers to come into their country and the support of government both US and local.”

Lowndes expressed gratitude to Peace Corps Saint Lucia staff and the Saint Lucian families who have welcomed the volunteers into their homes.

“All of these volunteers new, and veterans, represent the best of the United States. They form over 225, 000 current and past volunteers including myself who are working to advance world peace and friendship. The mission of Peace Corps is important in our world. There are times when it feels especially so including our times.”

Over the past four years in particular, the peace corps program in Saint Lucia has focused efforts on improving literacy as part of its Primary English Literacy Project. Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, in welcoming the group of eight young volunteers, said Saint Lucia was grateful for the manner in which the Peace Corps program has been impacting lives especially at the grassroots level.

“I want to say for me and I am hoping for many more, that Peace Corps and what you do is the face of America that we hold up the most. And I think in today’s world and the latest slogan of making America great again, I have to say to you that of all things, the Peace Corps is what makes America great.

He continued: “I have often thought of what kinds of communities would we want to live in, and whether we are taking responsibility for the world we live in today—specifically how do we get persons to see that indeed the best way to find oneself is to lose oneself in the service of others.”

The current group of United States Peace Corps volunteers or EC89, is comprised of one male and seven females. Each volunteer will be assigned to a school on a two-year tenure. The beneficiaries are: Saltibus Combined, Vieux-Fort Primary, Richfond Combined, Canaries Infant, Desruisseaux Combined, Augier Combined, Laborie Boys Primary and La Guerre Combined.

Saint Lucia was among the first three countries in the Eastern Caribbean to receive United States Peace Corps volunteers in 1961.

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