There's a great new film about the Peace Corps experience that should be coming to a theater near us soon. The RPCVs of Colorado are supporting this film and hope to help bring it here to Colorado for our group to see. Learn more about the film and check out the trailer!
Adventure and idealism may drive Peace Corps volunteers to serve two years in remote communities, but is this enough to overcome the dissonance between Americans and the developing world? Three Americans challenge themselves and their neighbors to bridge cultural chasms and find common ground during 27 months of getting lost, getting sick, struggling with friendship, romance, humor and the nagging worry that all their efforts will amount to nothing.
Greetings from Benin! Firstly, thank you again for all of your generosity to support the middle school of Béroubouay. Sarah and I are happy to announce that construction has been going smoothly and the classrooms are nearly completed!
The community of Béroubouay has been working tirelessly to finish the classrooms in a timely manner. In only two weeks time, they completed all but the painting! They are overwhelmingly grateful for this project and take every opportunity to express their gratitude. They asked us to thank you all for your aid.
Starting in the fall and for every year after, hundreds of students will benefit from these new and improved classrooms.
Merci beaucoup! Thank you very much! Nasiyara toto!
Rachel and Sarah
The RPCVs of Colorado, through our Don Curtis Giving Fund, have donated $1,000 to support Rachel Bechdolt, a Colorado volunteer currently serving in Benin, to help her middle school complete it's classroom construction project.
Call to Action - Contact Senators about Peace Corps Funding
A record 151 members of the House of Representatives signed the letter requesting increased funding for the Peace Corps for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 2014. This record is largely due to the advocacy efforts of those who support Peace Corps and we're hoping to repeat this success in the Senate. From now until Friday, April 11, please take a few moments to write to Colorado Senators Udall and Bennet to encourage them sign on to the Feinstein-Isakson Peace Corps Funding Letter.
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) has a pre-drafted letter, found here, that can be used to contact Senator Udall and Senator Bennet. More information can be found here on the NPCA website.
Thank you for continuing to advocate on behalf of Peace Corps.
The RPCVs of Colorado are invited to attend and sit on the floor of the House while the legislation is being read. You are encouraged to wear clothing from your country of service.
Please join us on Wednesday, September 18 as we celebrate the start of our 2-year focus on Food Security!
That’s right- you voted, and the majority of our membership voted for the RPCVs of Colorado to spend the next two years learning more about Food Security, both locally and internationally. We will spend the first part of the meeting getting a basic overview of what “Food Security” means globally, and then will break out into small groups, led by local Food Security leaders, and work to develop how we will focus our energies over the next two year. Join the conversation!
As you can see from the beautiful produce above, our garden is bursting at the seams with delicious produce! Over the past two summers, we have donated over 700 pounds of fresh produce. Help us reach our goal of 1000 total pounds this summer!
There is still time to volunteer an hour or two in the garden before we put it to bed for the season.
You can easily sign up here-https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_8rDpXmqnLgEI6KYSX0V8mpBhflN4o5J1nreZMgKdk8/viewform
Or by emailing Casey by using our contact form (select Service Projects).
We donated summer camp registrations in the amount of $310 for five youths to attend the Poltava Youth Leadership Conference in Ukraine. Funding for this project was requested by Lauren Hosp, a PCV from Colorado currently serving in the Ukraine. This camp promotes leadership, active citizenry, and project design and management skills in Ukraine. This is the third annual Poltava Youth Leadership Conference (PYLC).
Thanks to the generous donations and support from you, our members, we have been able to fund a Peace Corps Partnership this summer!
By providing the local community library with a set of one hundred age-appropriate picture books (primarily in French but also in local languages) and basic preschool materials, this project aims to provide young children with improved learning opportunities to develop their reading and critical thinking skills before entering the formal school system.