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1982: Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in cities???? Wamba, Maralal; Samburu District; Rift Valley Province beginning in 1982
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman can be contacted at tangoavermonteldnet
Country of Service: Kenya
Training Group: Rural Women's Extension
Cities you served in: cities???? Wamba, Maralal; Samburu District; Rift Valley Province
Arrival Year: 1982
Departure Year: 1986
Trained in small animal husbandry and vegetable raising, found none of it applied in the Samburu desert. Coordinated 12 women's groups into marketing cooperative for handicrafts; developed markets. Worked closely with two Water PCVs to develop spring box water delivery to Kaiser storage tank, funded by USAID and GTZ, for watering animals and a tree nursery.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Apple farmer, married Robin, homeschooling mother of two daughters; Now am organizer of SolarFest, choral teacher at Long Trail School, and professional singer.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
They should be mandatory, legislated like the draft. Americans need to quit TV and get out in the world. If world service - experiencing life as it is lived in 60% of the world - were required of all, say, college-goers, our "democracy" would not make the decisions it does. I have to believe that.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Dan E. Wyatt. Mark Hankins.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Integrate. Keep the faith. Hang on to and talk about what you know.
Originally posted: October 21, 2007
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1982; Peace Corps Kenya; Directory of Kenya RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Kenya RPCVs
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