December 15, 2004: Headlines: COS - The Gambia: Daily Observer: Peace Corps swears in 21 environment volunteers in The Gambia

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Peace Corps swears in 21 environment volunteers in The Gambia

Peace Corps swears in 21 environment volunteers in The Gambia

Peace Corps swears in 21 environment volunteers in The Gambia

Peace Corps initiates 21 environment volunteers
By Sheila Akomiah
Dec 15, 2004, 07:07

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A third set of 21 new Peace Corps recruits were Friday sworn-in, in a ceremony held at the US ambassador’s residence to work in the environmental sector of the country.

In his welcome remarks, Joseph D.Stafford, US ambassador to The Gambia congratulated the volunteers and cautioned them to be good ambassadors of the US government as they undertake their duties.

“The relationship that the US government has with The Gambia is influenced by the good work of 100 volunteers, in areas critical to the development of The Gambia,” he said. He continued that, as environmental protection and conservation of natural resources continued to be a high priority of the government, as dense forests and woodland which covered 80% of the country in the 1940’s has now reduced to 8%, the environment volunteers would assist with wildlife management and conservation, reforestation and agricultural productivity to improve the resource base of the country. “We look to you to perform a service that we at the embassy cannot. You maybe the only Americans some villagers will ever meet, so remember how important you are to what we are trying to achieve here,” he bade the volunteers.

Diana Sloane, Peace Corps country director said that this group of volunteers were a remarkable one. “They are tough mentally and physically, they have great skills, solid academic credentials, and a “can do” attitude. We anticipate that they will demonstrate the same skills and impressive personal qualities in their work here, as they have in their volunteer activities in the US and around the world,” she said.

The SoS for Fisheries, Natural Resources and Environment, Bai Mass Taal, said that Peace Corps The Gambia, was inline with the government’s policy initiatives, and that Vision 2020 was currently implementing projects within key programmatic sectors where Peace Corps are involved. He added that, since Peace Corps initiated its environment education activities in the early 1990s, it has helped improve family nutrition and increase women’s income by extending improved horticultural techniques and nutritional practices. “In past years, environment volunteers have assisted 300 rural communities, reaching 2,000 members of whom 1,500 are women and girls,” he said. He commended the dedication of volunteers and concluded by saying, “we in the government look forward to working with you and we hope that through your work, there will be a better understanding between our two nations, thus promoting peace amongst us.”

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