1966: "Chad to get PCVs"
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From 1966, Chad to get PCVs
Chad to get PCVs
The Republic of Chad will receive its first Peace Corps Volunteers next fall. It will be the 20th African nation served by Volunteers.
Chad is twice the size of Texas and has 3.5 million citizens. It is noted for its northern desert terrain and ancient Saharan caravan routes, and abundance of wildlife and Lake Chad, a large but shallow body of water that is sometimes called "a drowned prairie." Ten Volunteers are scheduled for a rural development project to help reclaim fertile bottom-land in the lake area.
Public Health and teaching projects are also planned. Twelve nurses, three medical technicians and two doctors will establish health training centers, and a group of ten English teachers will bolster secondary school faculties. Chad presently has but 15 secondary schools.
When this story was posted in April 2006, this was on the front page of PCOL:
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Story Source: Page 4 of the April, 1966 "Peace Corps Volunteer"
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