September 30, 2004: Headlines: COS - Thailand: Peace Corps Directors - Vasquez: Peace Corps: Peace Corps Director Visits Volunteers in Thailand

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By Admin1 (admin) ( on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 1:07 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps Director Visits Volunteers in Thailand

Peace Corps Director Visits Volunteers in Thailand

Peace Corps Director Visits Volunteers in Thailand

Peace Corps Director Visits Volunteers in Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2004 Peace Corps volunteers are known for producing innovative income generating projects, and Director Gaddi H. Vasquez witnessed some of them including a volunteer who has helped local women develop a peanut packaging business in the off-season while visiting volunteers in Thailand last week.

During his stay, Director Vasquez also met with Peace Corps staff, officials of the Royal Thai Government, and U.S. Ambassador Darryl Johnson, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in the early 1960s.

Director Vasquez had the opportunity to meet with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. During their visit, Princess Sirindhorn expressed her gratitude for the work of Peace Corps volunteers in her country and described her personal interest in development projects. The Princess has firsthand experience working and studying in the fields of health and hygiene, water resource development and agriculture and cottage industries.

Director Vasquez articulated the Peace Corps' appreciation for the support of the Royal Family and the people of Thailand during the past 42 years.

"I cannot express enough gratitude for the privilege the Peace Corps has had in working with Thailand toward achieving the country's developmental goals," stated Director Vasquez. "The long history of the Peace Corps program in Thailand is due, in large part, to the successful partnership and collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and the people of this great country."

Later in the week, Director Vasquez traveled to the Yasothon Province to visit community development volunteer Valerie Leon, where he learned about her work with the community's Peanut Snack Group. The project was launched two years ago during the dry season to allow local women to plant, harvest, roast, and sell peanuts, in the off-season, when they are not working in the rice fields. Director Vasquez watched a demonstration of the roasting and packaging process and sampled some of the peanuts.

Director Vasquez also met with Noah Barclay-Derman, a volunteer serving in the Hua Don village and Christine Kirwan who is serving in the village of Ban Phak Kha. Both volunteers work with the Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO), a government association which supports development activities that respond to the needs of local communities. In collaboration with TAO, the volunteers are promoting and encouraging sustainable community development projects.

The Thailand Peace Corps program, established in 1962, focuses on small business development and education. Currently, 86 volunteers serve in villages and towns across the country. The business development program began in late 2003, and assists farmers', women's, and youth groups in setting up small businesses, and improve the quality of their products and services in rural areas. More than 5,000 volunteers have served in Thailand since the program's establishment.

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By daniel ( - on Saturday, October 09, 2004 - 10:11 am: Edit Post

Vasquez taking more trips and vacations on the public dole, while volunteers with health care and safety cases are ingnored?

Where are his priorities?

Congress needs to look at the resources he is putting into taking trips vs how much he has done for the victims of violence who served in Peace Corps. Remember he never served or lived in hut. He is piggy backing your experiences by taking expensive trips while ignoring the real problems of safety and health realted cases.

Have a nice trip.


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