May 30, 2005: Headlines: COS - Botswana: Republic of Botswana: Twenty-seven American Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana sworn-in

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Twenty-seven American Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana sworn-in

Twenty-seven American Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana sworn-in

Twenty-seven American Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana sworn-in

American Peace Corps sworn-in
30 May, 2005

MOLEPOLOLE - Twenty-seven American Peace Corps Volunteers were last week sworn-in by Ambassador Joseph Huggins.

The swearing-in ceremony of the 2005 class of Peace Corps was held at Kgari Sechele Senior Secondary School after the completion of a 10-week orientation.

In his speech, Huggins appealed to communities in which the volunteers will be placed to give them maximum support in an effort to achieve their intended goal, which is to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

He urged the volunteers to serve the people of Botswana with passion because there is no greater calling than to serve.

The swearing-in of the current Peace Corps Volunteers according to Huggins is the third since 2003.

Huggins said that the volunteers represent the best of what the United States stands for - a caring nation that understands the importance of keeping its moral commitment in making the world better for all citizens.

Huggins further advised the 2005 class of Peace Corps to go and serve in their respective areas of operation with the understanding that their service is well appreciated by both governments of Botswana and America.

For her part, the Acting Peace Corps Country Director, Cameroon Garret, urged Peace Corps volunteers to commit themselves to fighting against the HIV/AIDS scourge, which is threatening to eradicate the human race.

Garret challenged the volunteers to be committed to the assignments they are undertaking, and to not despair in difficult moments, when progress feels slow and change impossible.

"The task before you won't be easy but, you have the blessing of working in a country whose commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS is not merely words, but made manifest," she said.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Huggins donated physiotherapy equipment to the Anne Stine School for the disabled in Molepolole.

The donation is said to be part of the equipment that will be donated to different institutions countrywide. The equipment is bought at a cost of more than P40 000.

Anne Stine board Chairperson, Legaenyana Matlhabaphiri, commended Huggins for caring and having the welfare of Batswana at heart.

He said the American Embassy through Huggins' leadership is committed to improving the welfare of the disadvantaged members of the society in this country.

According to Anne Stine Centre school head, Nankie Kgosiemang, the donation by the American Embassy is the third of its kind. BOPA

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