RPCV Legacy Program

RPCV Legacy Program projects & How to Help

FROM 1962 TO 1976, 1995 to 1999, and 2007 onward more than 2,500 Peace Corps Volunteers worked in education, health, agriculture, community development and other fields in Ethiopia and Eritrea, countries that remain among the poorest in the world.

In 2003 Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs established the RPCV Legacy Program™ to allow returned Peace Corps Volunteers from these two countries to continue their legacy of service and assistance. To be part of the Program each project must be proposed by an RPCV or EE Staff “champion,” and reviewed and approved by the E&E RPCVs board of directors.

The champion donates 10% of the goal for the project, is manager of the project working closely with a member of the E&E RPCVs board. Be a champion.

As of April 1, 2016, the RPCV Legacy Program has raised US $260,000 for eight important education and health projects in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Five projects have met their goals while four others are ongoing.

Axum Children’s Library Enhancement 

Championed by Dwight Sullivan (Yergalem, Dodola, 1970-72) and Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

axum-mapThis RPCV Legacy Program project, championed by Dwight Sullivan and Janet Lee, has joined in the efforts of the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), founded by former Peace Corps language and cultural instructor, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, in the building and development of the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library and Cultural Center in Axum, Ethiopia. This project is limited to supporting the development of  a children’s library.

In 2000, the ECDC renovated the former Governor’s Palace in Axum, and repurposed the building into a public library, which, to date, has served the community well. Now under construction is a new building that will complement the existing building by providing: additional seating, community space, communication technology, universal access for the disabled, and, of primary importance, a space for children.

Library with some early donations

Library with some early donations -click-

The Axum Children’s Library will provide:

  • A welcoming area for all children of the community to read books, participate in story hours, participate in arts & crafts, and view movies.
  • Child-sized furniture that is comfortable and suitable for a variety of activities.
  • Age-appropriate books in English and local languages as they become available.
  • Access to computers for older children for them to learn basic computer skills.
  • Shelving for the books and a desk for the library assistant.
  • Curtains for the windows that may be closed during video presentations.

Operational expenses for the Children’s Library will be covered by an existing library budget provided by the Axumite Heritage Foundation, including but not limited to salaries, utilities, programming, and marketing and promotion.

Dwight and Janet’s RPCV Legacy Program project has established an initial goal to raise $10,000 for the purchase of computers, shelving, furniture, books, area rugs, curtain, and audiovisual equipment for the Children’s Library.

To support the Axum Children’s Library . . .

. . . you can send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to “Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs,” and in the subject line enter “Axum Children’s Library.”   Include your email for tax receipt.

Borana Student Advancement

Championed by Fuller Torrey (Ethiopia staff: 64–66)

Since 2004 the Ethiopian registered charity Mega Vision Developmental Association (MVDA) has provided support for students from the Borana region in far southern Ethiopia, using donations to the RPCV Legacy Program project the Borana Student Advancement Project.

Students in the Borana region are disadvantaged because of the region’s location in the remote periphery where many of their families are semi-nomads.

Currently the Borana Student Advancement Project is funding a program to provide educational material support for girls who, as all know, face serious obstacles in getting more than elementary school level education.

Girls receive funding for school uniforms, books, school supplies, residential house rental costs for those who do not live with their parents, and biannual cash assistance was provided for those who are in colleges and universities.

Since 2011 there have been 120 girls in the program each year.  For the 2014-2015 academic year they are distributed as follows:

  • 12 girls in grades 7 & 8
  • 68 in high schools
  • 40 in colleges and universities

In 2014, 8 girls graduated from colleges and universities; all are currently employed by the regional government.

Mega Vision Developmental Association (MVDA) was established in 2004 by Teshome Shibre Kelkile, M.D., Ph.D. and Tirufat Bekele and is a currently a registered charity in Ethiopia administered by five volunteer board members and a volunteer manager.


2014 – Some of the MVDA girls with Teshome Shibre Kelkile

To support the Borana Student Advancement . . .

. . . you can send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to “Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs,” and in the subject line enter “Borana Students.”  Include your email for tax receipt.

Health Guides for 200 Rural Communities 

Championed by Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 62–64)


FOR THIS PROJECT E&E RPCVs is partnering with the respected Hesperian Health Guides, publisher of illustrated health guides for use by health workers in remote communities around the world (including the well known manual Where There Is No Doctor). where-there-is-no-doctor200Donations to our project will enable Hesperian to fulfill all book requests that they receive from Ethiopians or Eritreans in-country.

Because HIV and AIDS continue to be an incredible scourge in Ethiopia and to a lesser degree in Eritrea, our donations will also make it possible for Hesperian to include with each requested book a copy of their book HIV Health and Your Community.

Your donation of $50 will provide the funding for one set of books to be shipped to Ethiopia or Eritrea. RPCVs are urged to make a donation to honor of your “other hometown,” and join in our effort to fight HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia and Eritrea and provide the healthcare workers in our communities with the health resources they need to identify and treat common health problems, as well as address the root causes of poor health.

* The all publications from Hesperian are available for FREE if requested by anyone in Ethiopia or Eritrea for $219.95.

A Book for Midwives
The Childbirth Picture Book
A Community Guide to Environmental Health
Disabled Village Children
Health Actions for Women
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
Helping Children Who Are Blind
Helping Children Who Are Deaf
Helping Health Workers Learn
HIV Health and Your Community
Pesticides are Poison
Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment
Setting Up Community Health Programs
Where There Is No Animal Doctor
Where There Is No Dentist
Where There Is No Doctor
Where Women Have No Doctor
Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety

The Complete Hesperian Library  in English can be order — for a school, a library — for

To support sending Health Guides for Rural Communities . . .

. . . you can send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to “Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs,” and in the subject line enter “Health Guides.”   Include your email for tax receipt.

ITC for Mettu School

Championed by Patti Garamendi (Mettu 66–68) and Faith Garamendi

mettuThis RPCV Legacy Program project has joined in the efforts of the Ethiopia-approved NGO Alumni Association of St. Gabriel School in Mettu, Ethiopia along with parents and community members to bring computer literacy and enhanced learning to the students of this primary-middle school through a project entitled “Enhancing the Quality of Education Through ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Labs at St. Gabriel Primary School.”

The long-term goals of the team are to:

  • Set up, in existing space, a computer lab that will be furnished with 20 computers, appropriate furnishings, and necessary wiring.
  • Provide computer literacy training to the school’s 25–30 faculty members.
  • Assure that the faculty members are capable of designing curriculum and teaching students and community members using computers and the Internet in their own areas of study.
  •  Provide enhanced educational opportunities for the students and citizens of Mettu.

Patti and Faith’s RPCV Legacy Program project has established an initial goal to raise $10,000 for the purchase of 20 computers, and 20 desks and chairs for the workstations in the ITC Lab.

To support the ITC Lab in Mette . . .

. . . you can send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to “Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs,” and in the subject line enter “Mette ITC Lab.”   Include your email for tax receipt.

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization

100% of every donation goes to support
your specified RPCV Legacy Program project





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