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New Peace Corps Volunteers Begin Service in Ethiopia
 
Addis Ababa, December 18, 2009

United States Chargé d’Affaires in Ethiopia Dr. Tulinabo Mushingi today swore-in 41 new Peace Corps Volunteers.  The forty-one Americans will spend the next two years as Community Health Volunteers in four regions in the country where they will focus on prevention of HIV/AIDS infection, care and support for those affected by the disease, and services in support of orphans and vulnerable children.

“What has sustained the long and vibrant relationship between the United States and Ethiopia is the partnership and mutual respect between our peoples.  Few other programs can rival the Peace Corps in its fostering of lasting and close human connections across cultures,” Dr. Mushingi told the crowd of over 200 government officials, local dignitaries, and former Peace Corps Volunteers during a ceremony at the American Embassy.

This latest cohort of individuals brings the total number of American Peace Corps Volunteers having served in Ethiopia since the program’s founding in 1962 to 3,012.  The forty-one volunteers not only represent the American spirit of service and volunteerism, but also reflect the broad diversity of the American people. 

The latest group includes volunteers of many ethnicities including African-, Asian-, Caucasian-, and Hispanic-Americans.  They range in age from 22 to 68 years old.  The 23 women and 18 men hail from twenty states throughout the United States.  The volunteers will work in partnership with local community health centers throughout the Amhara, Oromia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s, and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.