October 11, 2002: Headlines: COS - Madagascar: US Embassy in Madagascar: Peace Corps Madagascar Re-Opens!

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Peace Corps Madagascar Re-Opens!

Peace Corps Madagascar Re-Opens!

Peace Corps Madagascar Re-Opens!

Due to the 2002 political crisis, Peace Corps Madagascar, like many foreign government institutions, companies and NGOs working in Madagascar, switched into a standby mode for almost five months starting in April 2002.

The Peace Corps office in Washington decided to re-open programs in September 2002 when the local political situation returned to normal. Seven Peace Corps Volunteers out of the 108 evacuees decided to come back to Madagascar.

A few months later, Côte d’Ivoire experienced its own crisis. Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Cote d’Ivoire had to be evacuated and transferred to other countries. Peace Corps Madagascar offered to host some of them, and 18 Peace Corps Volunteers from Côte d’Ivoire arrived in Madagascar in October 2002.

Most Volunteers from these two groups were posted around the high plateau and at a few provincial sites that provide safe work environments, like villages around Diego Suarez.

In order to maintain the existing links between local partners and beneficiaries and not to lose the impressive support network it had before the crisis, Peace Corps Madagascar decided to replace as fast as it could Volunteers who had worked at its most active sites. To that end, new recruits from the United States arrived in Tana on February 7, 2003. The largest group that Madagascar has ever received, this group makes the re-entry process "official."

Peace Corps Washington also appointed a new Country Director, Mr. William Bull, who had already been working at Peace Corps Madagascar as the associate director for Environment when he was selected. Bill brings in something special, as he already knows the country and its people.

1992: A memorandum of understanding was signed by US Ambassador Howard K. Walker and Minister of Foreign Affairs Césaire Rabenoro that spells out Peace Corps activities in Madagascar.

1993: The first group of 10 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) arrived in Madagascar and served as TEFL teacher trainers.

1994: A new sector was added to the Education Program and the first group and the first group of Environment would start working in natural parks and protected areas.

1995: The Ministry of Health invited the first group of Health Peace Corps Volunteers.

1996: Recruitment of Peace Corps Volunteers was momentarily put to a hold following the murder of Environment Volunteer Nancy Coutu at her site.

1998: The annual Peace Corps Volunteers number input was increased from 10 to 25 per sector. Madagascar had become one of the heavy weight programs around the world.

2002: Madagascar experienced a political unrest. All the Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated to Kenya in April 2002. The Peace Corps officially re-entered the country four months later.


Past Peace Corps Madagascar Directors
Bob Friedman (1992 – 1997)
John Reddy (1997 – 1999)
Kathy Tilford (2000- 2002)
Senior Staff

Associate Peace Corps Directors
for Administration
Larry Blake (1992 – 1996)
Nancy Gehron (1996 – 1999)
Suzan Zitomer (2000 – 2002)
Dan Reilly (2002- to date)

Associate Peace Corps Directors for
Therese Glowacki (1993 –1996)
was also in charge of the Education
and Health Programs
Betsy Carlson (1997 – 2001)
Bill Bull (2001 - )

Associate Peace Corps Director
for Health
Boda Ranjeva (1998 – to date)

Associate Peace Corps Director
for Education
Xavier Louis (1998 – to date)

Training Managers
Helen Miles (1993 – 1995)
Lawrence Leahy (1996)
Lucie Razaiarimalala ( 1997 – to date)
Voahangy Harimanana ( 2000 – to date)

Programming and Training Officer
Wick Powers (1999 – 2001)

Peace Corps Madagascar
Medical Officers
Boda Ranjeva (1993 – 1995)
Peter Leutscher ( 1994 – to date)
Christine Rocuet ( 1997 – to date)
Diane Dessureault Roy(1999 – to date)

Education Program Assistants
Xavier Louis ( 1993 – 1998)
Joelle Tondra (2002 – to date)

Environment Program Assistant
Stanislas Rakotondramena (2001 – to date)

Health Program Assistants
Boda Ranjeva (1995 – 1998)
Noro Rafidimanana (2000 – to date)

Security and Safety
Désiré Ramarojaona (1999 – to date)

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