Peace Corps celebrated

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 11 October 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Peace Corps celebrated

The American Embassy is currently running an exhibition showing the history of the Peace Corps in Botswana since independence. From the exhibition at the National Museum people are able to see the Peace Corps journey from 1966 to 1997 and when it resumed again in 2003 to date. There are currently 175 volunteers in Botswana who are working in communities on projects in community development, health and youth development. Peace Corps mostly serve in rural areas, where they learn local languages and culture of the hosts. In total 2530 volunteers from USA have served in Botswana. The exhibition shows the volunteers work in Non-Governmental Organisations to assist in organisational development and capacity building, work with district AIDS coordinators and help address the needs of youth, orphans, and vulnerable children. In education they volunteer in schools to support guidance counsellors and teachers in implementing leadership and life skills, teach classes in HIV prevention and volunteer at clinics and district health management teams to strengthen community outreach related to HIV prevention. The exhibition offers those who have had their lives touched by the volunteers an opportunity to appreciate them. For some of the Peace Corps like Kirsten Benish, some locals talk of how it is hard to find genuine friends but they have found friends in them. Some locals have found themselves referring to them as Mommies and Daddies who have seen them through the challenges. Personal messages are also displayed for the Peace Corps. There is also a display of the clothes that some of the Peace Corps wore when they were serving in Botswana.