least 39 Peace Corps volunteers from United States have been sworn-in to
execute their duties during their two years stay in the country. They are
expected to work in the areas of Health and Agriculture.
The swearing ceremony was held at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Fajara.
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.
Dr. Isatou Touray, the minister of Health and Social Welfare who delivered the keynote address, said such joint training augur very well for cross sectorial collaboration and implementation of joint projects. She added that it’s gratifying to learn that the health sector training focuses on several of the Ministry of Health’s priority intervention areas, including reproductive and child health, maternal, infant and young child nutrition, malaria control, hygiene and sanitation, HIV and AIDS control.
“The Peace Corps health project seeks to improve health status and quality of life, particularly of women and children by promoting maternal neonatal and child health, raising awareness for malaria prevention and control, education to our communities on appropriate nutrition practices and promoting positive personal hygiene and environmental sanitation practices,” she declared.
She added that majority of the volunteers are assigned to the rural areas to work with extension staff and community members. She said they will serve as educators, catalyst and change agents in all the regions of the country.
Shelly Seaver, United States Charge d’Affaires in The Gambia explained that since their country was founded, volunteerism work has been alive and happens to improve people’s lives in communities and strengthens democracy. She added that each year, over 60 million American volunteers support health care, hunger and hormones, abuse of women and children, disaster and many other societal problems.
“The Peace Corps will be going to the all geographical regions of the country to work directly with communities and to build capacity and promote sustainable development. More than 1,800 Peace Corps volunteers have served in The Gambia since the programme was established in 1967,” she stated.
She thanked the Peace Corps volunteers for their volunteerism and assured them of commitment of The Gambia during their stay in the country.