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Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note:

Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

Welcome to a new issue of The Herald.

In this issue, we would like to give updates on E&E RPCV Board news, Legacy Program Projects, RPCV-sponsored projects, the Sargent Shriver Leaders Conference in DC, a possible trip to Ethiopia, and plans for the NPCA conference in Denver in August.

We do have one article of note from Andrew Tadross (Endodo, Tigray & Mekelle, Tigray 2011–13), an RPCV currently teaching in the Landscape Architecture program at Addis Ababa University. If you have not been to Addis recently, you will be amazed at how much it has changed.

We also have Peace Corps memories of the late Richard Pankhurst, who touched the lives of both PCVs and Ethiopians alike.

The Board of the E&E RPCVs looks forward to seeing everyone at the NPCA conference in Denver in August 2017.

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Editor’s note

Editor’s note

by Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

My heart breaks as I hear about the news coming out of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency and has prohibited many activities subject to severe penalties.  These are outlined the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia website.  The U.S. Government has also issued a travel warning advising U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia. Although the Internet and social media has been blocked or severely curtailed, I have received occasional Facebook posts from Ethiopian colleagues. Peace Corps is taking the necessary precautions, consolidating Volunteers as needed, relocating or giving options for early leave. It has also been reported that the 2017 training class has been cancelled. Please follow Facebook for continuing updates.

The focus of this issue of The Herald is on activities related to the National Peace Corps Association conference in Washington, D.C. including the dinner at the Ethiopian Embassy, the business meeting of E&E RPCVs, introduction of our new board, an update on our RPCV Legacy Program projects, and the goals of our co-presidents. In some ways, our evening at the Ethiopian Embassy seems like months ago. What a wonderful event!

I was fortunate to have traveled to Ethiopia just a month prior to the conference including visiting Adama, Axum, and Adwa. I didn’t let the shutdown of the Internet or a cancelled flight curb my enthusiasm for this beautiful country.

Steve Johnson (Dese, GhoaTsion 1969-71) provides an update on the Ethiopian Sustainable Food Project (ESFP). Anyone up for injera made from potatoes?  Yum!

Finally, we have my favorite topic: Book Reviews.  This issue reviews Afan Oromo: a Guide to Speaking the Language of Oromo People in Ethiopia by Abebe Bulto and edited by Andrew Tadross ((Endodo, Tigray & Mekelle, Tigray 2011–13) Previous titles written by Andrew Tadross include guides on both Amharic and Tigrinya.

During the group business meeting, someone recommended that we publish a link to our Facebook page. I close with a call to “like” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eerpcv/


 


 

Editor’s note

Peace Corps Celebrates 55 Years of Service and We Will be There!

Janet Lee (Emdeber, 1974-76)

The National Peace Corps Association’s annual conference is scheduled for September 21-25, 2016 and E&E RPCVs will have a definite presence. Board member Amanda Sutker (Adaba, West Arsi, 2012-14) is serving as the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee.  She writes of the current status of programming in our first Herald article. We look forward to getting together with our fellow RPCVs.

David B. Levine (Emdeber 1964-66, PC/Ethiopia Staff 1967-70, Director, OPTC, PC/W 1977-81) takes us back to his site in Emdeber, where he served as the first PCV in that remote village. It is hard to imagine that the high school in which I taught is now 50 years old. I am grateful for these shared memories.

Rick Stoner (Addis Alem, Shoa 68-70 & Training 72-75) and his wife Elizabeth Ambaye provide an update on the Old Adwa Cultural Museum, a project that is sure to bring back memories for those who served in the north in that historical battleground area of Adwa.

Current Volunteer Jessica Dubow (Lode Jimata, Oromia, 2015-2017) shares a simple solution to a problem that keeps girls out of school for days every month inKeeping Girls in School: Family Planning, Sex Education, and RUMPS (Re-Usable Menstrual Pads).” A step-by-step guide can be shared with girls and teachers around the world.

Doug Eadie (Addis Ababa 1964–67) was honored to deliver the keynote address at the third General Assembly of the Tafari Makonnen Alumni Association of North America on May 29. Read his brief introduction and watch the video presentation in “Remembering Tafari Makonnen at the Third TMSAANA General Assembly.” The presentation is inspirational and the response from his former students is heartwarming.

No Volunteer serves in Ethiopia for the praise, but it is very gratifying when one of our own is recognized for going beyond the call.  Bob and Nancy Sturtevant (Hawassa, 2010-2013) recently received the Ram Pride Service Award at the Colorado State University (CSU) System Board of Governors meeting in May for a book donation project for the University of Hawassa.  Congratulations Bob and Nancy.

To close, John Coyne (Addis Ababa 1962–64) reviews the book “Kalubi” by Edmund P. Murray.  Although published in 1973, “Kalubi” is still somewhat relevant today.  Coyne provides added insight with a personal interviews of the author.

I will be traveling to Kenya with a colleague in late July and would not want to miss an opportunity to just hop on over to Ethiopia on my return. I will visit Adama (what I knew as Nazaret) to visit with the Aurora, CO Sister City partner and then fly up to Axum to get an update on the library project which Dwight Sullivan has written about previously in The Herald about supporting the development of the Axum Childrens Library. 

Watch for frequent updates about the DC Conference and much, much more on the E&E RPCVs Facebook page  at facebook.com/groups/eerpcv/

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Editor’s note — April 2016

Looking Back, Looking Forward

by Janet Lee (Emdeber, 1974-76)

More than 3,615 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Ethiopia since the program was established in 1962. Currently 235 Volunteers are in country working on projects in education, the environment, and health.  For the majority of us, Ethiopia touched us in ways that are difficult to explain, but touched us nevertheless.

Nearly 100 Returned Volunteers participated in the “Return to Ethiopia” in 2012, a most remarkable adventure. Many Returned Volunteers have had opportunities to return since, some for the first time in over 50 years, others on multiple return trips to work on projects of the heart. Within this issue are a few of their stories and their ongoing projects.

Highlighted in this issue are Doug Mickelson’s (Yirgalem, 1962-64) personal “Return to Ethiopia,” and Dwight Sullivan (Yegalem, Dodola, 1970-72) and my new RPCV Legacy Program project. Current Volunteer Matt Westerberg (Yichila, Tigray) describes the success of a project, funded in part by E&E RPCVs and Current Volunteer Grace Kabel (Agula, Tigray, 2015–17 )  enlightens the reader on the Action for Gender Equality (AGE) Summit held in Addis Ababa.   Board member Amanda Sutker (Adaba, 2012-14) is leading the charge for E&E RPCVs’ participation at the National Peace Corps Association conference in Washington D.C. Ethiopia is one of four countries spotlighted in the documentary A Towering Task, directed by RPCV Alana DeJoseph (Mali 1992-94). Alana describes the documentary and why Ethiopia was so important to include.

We introduce three new board members, Rebecca Beauregard (Motta, 2009-11), Steve Cristofar (Adi Quala, Debarla, Eritrea, 1962-64) and Randy Marcus (Asella 1966–68).  The Herald also pays tribute to RPCV and famed author Mildred D. Taylor (Yirgalem, 1965-67) on the fortieth anniversary of the publication of her award-winning book Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.

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Editor’s Note — January 2016

The times they are a changin’

by Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

Well, I am not really from the ’60s, but many of the RPCVs of Ethiopia and Eritrea are. I am, however, close enough to appreciate the work of those who came before me and have the willingness to “pass the torch to a new generation.” In working with RPCVs and in my recent travels to Ethiopia where I met and worked with current Volunteers, I feel a shared connection to Ethiopia, best described by the late author, Maria Thomas, “If you’ve ever lived in Ethiopia, you never really put it behind you. You follow the news, any you can get, avidly. You look for people who have just been there. You find Ethiopians on the outside, or they find you. You collect stories. You wait for any chance to go back.”

Call for new board members
In the last issue of The Herald, we came to learn of the resignation/retirement of our President Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 1962–64) and founder of E&E RPCVs.  In addition to her role as President, she was the treasurer, database manager, website and blog designer, and editor and publisher of both the print and online version of The Herald.  Oh, and one must not forget the manager of our Facebook page. Not surprising since she was one of the first intrepid Volunteers to Ethiopia.  Barry Hillenbrand (Debre Marcos 1963-65) paid tribute to her in our September issue.

We knew it would be tough to fill her shoes, but we are making progress in the transition.  Vice President, Leo Cecchini (leo@cecchini.org) is presiding over the operations as a new board is formed, at which time a new President will be elected.  Fortunately, Marian is still actively participating behind the scenes. Current board members include:  Janet Lee, Barry Hillenbrand, Leo Cecchini, John Coyne, and Karen Glover.

Hold the presses! Just a week ago Barry Hillenbrand announced his retirement from the board as well. We were fortunate to not only have Barry as a wise member of the Board, but also a wonderful editor to lend his professional expertise to The Herald.  We will pay tribute to Barry in the next issue of The Herald.

Our first call for new board members has met with success:  Amanda Sutker (Adaba, West Arsi, 2012–14) is the first to answer that call.  Currently residing and working in the DC area, she has stepped up to not only join the board but coordinate local arrangements and programming for the Ethiopia activities at National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) conference Peace Corps Connect in DC September 22-25.  She and Barry Hillenbrand have begun planning a DC area get together on February 4, complete with an Ethiopian comedienne.  More info will be forthcoming.

The second to answer is Kristen (Straw) Barredo (Finote Selam, 2007-09).  Kristen was in the first Peace Corps group to re-enter Ethiopia and worked in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.  She also currently resides in the DC area and will assist with local arrangements and programming in DC.  Welcome to the board!

What are we looking for?  Passion, commitment, and enthusiasm. All those traits that took us to Ethiopia in the first place. Do you have organizational skills? We need someone to maintain a database of names and emails. Are you good with numbers? We could use someone who can manage our financial resources. Do you have a bent for design? Hey, we have a great web presence, but who doesn’t need a fresh, new look? Do you network?  Everyone on the board needs to be reaching out to Volunteers in the field, recently returned Volunteers, and those not yet connected to social media. Yes, there is much work to be done, but being on the board or volunteering in some capacity to the group is rewarding and a lot of fun.

Interested? Contact Leo Cecchini (leo@cecchini.org)

Where does all the money go?
Did you know that E&ERPCVs is not a membership organization and cannot charge dues? (A violation of our bylaws and non-profit status). Although not expensive to run, there are some expenses that do occur, including minimal web fees, bank fees, rebates to NPCA, and fees associated with maintaining our non-profit status. Where does our income come from?  Up until the changes discussed below, most income came from a portion of the individual dues paid to NPCA, about $1400 in 2015.  That cash flow will decrease substantially as the NPCA dues structure changes.  But how about all of the reunions, especially the annual get together at Peace Corps Connect?  Surely E&E RPCVs make a bundle on these activities?  Nope! Nothing! Zip!  Nada! Minum yellum!  Yes, there are some fees related to these events (such as room rentals), but all expenses are covered by the attendees and not passed on to the general membership.

Who benefits?
Of course, that’s easy.  We all do.  We network.  We communicate. We share our photos. We share our hopes, projects, ideas.  We remember those who have gone before us.  None of this would happen without a community and we are a community, one that is expanding as each new group of Ethi PCVs enters and COS at the end of their service.

Unique to the E&E RPCVs is the RPCV Legacy Program, E&E RPCV projects that are sanctioned by the board, posted on the website, and eligible for a tax deduction by the donor.  100% of all donations go to the project. E&E RPCV collects the donations, tracks the funds, sends donation receipts, disperses the money, and files all appropriate IRS forms.  No wonder Marian decided to retire!  If there is a little bit of money left over at the end of the year, the board may donate money to the various projects to sweeten the pot.  How cool is that?   This year we received $25,471.38 in Legacy Project donations and dispersed $25,528.43 (numbers aren’t an exact match because funds may cross years or specific projects are not yet fully funded).

This year, the board approved  a contribution to an Ethiopian Peace Corps Partnership Program grant.  We are dedicated to supporting the Volunteers in country.  Please take note of the gracious response of gratitude from PCV Matt Westerberg, Yochila, Tigray.  His Partnership Program Grant will support the building of two bathrooms in Yochila schools and the building of 20 desks for a classroom.

Where do you send donations to further the cause?
OK, you would have sent a check in 2015 but you missed the tax deadline.  Don’t worry.  There is still time for 2016.   Click on the link to learn about all of your giving options:  https://eandeherald.com/ee-rpcvs/support-the-herald-ee-rpcvs/

Changes at NPCA
There are big changes afoot at the NPCA, one of the most significant being the dismissal of dues.  In this issue, The Herald interviews Glenn Blumhorst, President of NPCA, who outlines these changes and hopes for the future. Thanks in large part to the mobilization of individual RPCVs and groups such as the E&E RPCVs, Congress has passed the largest budget for Peace Corps in history.  Let’s all stand up and give ourselves a hand.

In this issue
In addition to the interview with Glenn, there are articles by three current Volunteers in the field.  Hannah Pensack-Rinehart (Mezezo, Amhara, 2015- ) describes a simple but effective solution to the hand-washing problem inTippy Tap to the Rescue.” Swathi Ayyagari (Quiha, Tigray 2015- ) successfully raised funds with a Peace Corps Partnership Grant to continue the Kid for Kids project that Benjamin Morse (Hawzien 2011–13) described in his article in an earlier issue of The Herald. Kids for Kids creates music videos that include topics such as  hand washing, exercise, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, gender equality, disabilities, school pride, cheating on exams.

This issue of The Herald also highlights a few projects by RPCVs.  Mary Gaul (Kombolcha, Welo, 2012-2014) with her husband Ryan share their experiences with GrassRootSoccer both in Ethiopia and in the U.S.  While in Ethiopia they trained nearly 500 kids in GRS techniques. Here in the U.S. they continue to run races and raise funds for this program. Have you ever had a great idea for a book and wanted to publish it on your own?  Andrew Tadross (Endodo, Tigray & Mekelle, Tigray 2011-13) shares how he went from an idea to a finished product in “From PCV to Author/Publisher.” Finally, a quick update on a project from the field. Dwight Sullivan (Yergalem, Dodola 70–72) is currently in Ethiopia unloading six shipping containers of building materials for the Axumite Heritage Foundation library.  He has sent photos of their amazing progress

 We conclude as always with book reviews for your reading pleasure.

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Janet in the Peace Corps Room of the Kennedy Library in Boston


Editor’s note

Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974–76)

Hurricane Katrina, ten years later
It is hard to believe that this much time has elapsed.  Ten years ago, my son was conducting field work for his dissertation topic on Katrina.  As a very recent graduate of Loyola New Orleans, he knew the city inside and out, biking from one ward to another. I had many opportunities to visit and volunteer in the aftermath and my own personal guide to show me sites seen by few others.  I am pleased to say that the American Library Association was the first major convention to return to the Big Easy, bringing much needed revenue to a city highly dependent on convention and tourist trade.  Anderson Cooper was one of the featured keynote presenters.

janet-a-cooperNaturally, my son and I both felt a need to return to the Crescent City to  attend the many commemorative events on this 10th anniversary.  We were in good company:  Obama, Bush, Clinton and, of course, Anderson Cooper.   However, who would think that a trip to New Orleans would have so many Ethiopian connections:

As I disembarked the shuttle from the parking lot to the terminal at DIA in Denver, I thanked the Ethiopian driver. Shimelis’ eyes lit up to hear Amharic spoken.

I walked through the busy concourse and stopped and greeted the young woman behind the counter in Amharic as I ordered a pastry. Rahel and I joked back and forth. “Do you get to speak Amharic often?” she asked.  “Every time I am at the airport,” I replied.

We arrived at New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport and hailed a cab. “Teshome, in det neh?” I asked. He looked at me in the mirror and grinned. “You know Amharic!”

Air Force One was parked on the tarmac, President Obama having arrived just a few hours earlier. We talked about Obama’s recent trip to Ethiopia, the first sitting U.S. President to do so. Yes, it was exciting, but many Ethiopians were upset about his “democratically elected” remark.

“Never in my six years in New Orleans have I met someone who has been to Ethiopia.” He was from Nazret (now known as Adama). He leapt from the cab when we arrived at the hotel and shook my hand, still grinning ear to ear. I am sure he was still grinning when he arrived at the cab stand later that afternoon.

Somehow I happened upon one of the two Ethiopian restaurants in New Orleans, and I saw an aged Ethiopian flag raised high in the Second Line by a Rasta near the Arena, Bill Clinton speaking inside.

Oh, Ethiopia!

But back to the task at hand.
It was with great disappointment, but not a surprise really, when the Board of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Returned Peace Corps Volunteers received the resignation of Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 1962–64) as President after oh so many years. I am at a total loss for words. Fortunately, former editor Barry Hillenbrand (Debre Marcos 1963-65) is not, and he has written both a tribute to Marian and a challenge to the membership to step up and not let this grand organization falter.

On a much happier note, Berhane Daba, president and founder of Ethiopian Women with Disabilities Association received the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award during the National Peace Corps Association conference in Berkeley, CA. Mary Bruckenstein (Addis Ababa 1968–70) was at her side when she was a very young girl and was at her side as she received this very prestigious award. Mary recounts the exciting event and the days leading up to it. Congratulations to both Mary and Berhane. You make us very proud.

Earlier in this introduction, I mentioned seeing Air Force one at a distance. Forrest Copeland, the Peace Corps/Ethiopia Volunteer Leader for Communications and Outreach, has written a blog about his and other Volunteer’s experiences surrounding the visit of President Obama to Ethiopia, and how he ALMOST met Obama. Forrest is a third-year Volunteer assigned to the Peace Corps office in Addis Ababa, with a previous stint in Abi Adi, Tigray from 2012 to 2014.

We know that our experiences in the Peace Corps were profound. These experiences influenced our job choices, whom we hired, and perhaps even whom we married. But how many of us think about how much they affected our children? Christopher Tombari, an RPCV from Mongolia, had an opportunity with Aurora (CO) Sister Cities to journey to Ethiopia where his parents, Carol Sue Tarbox Tombari (Dessie 1967–68) and Marty Tombari (Gidole 1966–68), were Peace Corps Volunteers. As he likes to say, “I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Ethiopia.” What an adventure to go back in time and see where your parents met!

Our newest board member, Karen Preskey Glover (Agaro 2007–09), regales us with her experiences of finding Ethiopian food in Fargo, ND, but more importantly writes of her work in Agaro creating a Mothers’ Support Group for Women with HIV/AIDS.  Be sure to check out her video demonstrating a traditional coffee ceremony.

I unexpectedly was copied into an email from Dwight Sullivan (Yergalem, Dodola 70-72) about a library that he was helping to construct in Axum, Ethiopia. Little did he know that I have been supporting this library for a couple of years, but in much different fashion, I as a librarian and he as an engineer. He is not all bricks and mortar, but is interested in showcasing local artists in the great reading room. Interested in joining him? I know I am.

Finally, my favorite, book reviews. When I first discovered that James McCann’s (Burie 1973–75) latest book, The Historical Ecology of Malaria in Ethiopia was published, I picked it up with a bit of trepidation. No book with ‘historical”, “ecology”, and “malaria” in the title would be typical bedside reading. I am so pleased I made the effort. I found it to be quite enjoyable and informative and plan to read his other books. Check out the review for the names of those titles.

To echo Barry’s initial plea, please consider joining the Board of the E&E RPCVs. We really aren’t as cantankerous as Barry makes out.

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Editor’s Note

From the Editor

Janet Lee (Emdeber, 1974-76)

The Internet has served as a wonderful conduit of information for RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea, be it on our Facebook Page or Peace Corps Ethiopia Facebook Page, blogs  like The Herald, or individual blogs.  We can keep up to date with Current or Returned Volunteers, news of interest about politics and development in Ethiopia, or projects and journeys of our fellow Volunteers.  It has definitely made my job easier.  But the best form of communication is still word of mouth.  Let me know if you have a story to share.  And as always, remember to “like” us on Facebook.

The Peace Corps Ethiopia Annual Report for 2014 has been published.  It recognizes the long tradition of volunteerism in Ethiopia by including a brief history and photos of early Volunteers.  There are currently 232 Volunteers serving in three sectors:  Education, Health, and Environment.  The average age of the Volunteer is 25.  Females outnumber males 156 to 76 and the Volunteers come from 40 different states.  They serve in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and S.N.N.P.R. (Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region).  The report is filled with stories of the volunteers and the projects in which they work.  Click on:  Peace Corps Ethiopia Annual Report.  Follow the link to download the report.

We are very fortunate to hear firsthand about the current status of Peace Corps Ethiopia in a recent interview with Country Director, Brannon Brewer.  He most recently served in Ebola-stricken Liberia.  Welcome to Ethiopia, Brannon.

Remembrances
As RPCVs we all remember being asked that dreaded question, “So how was Ethiopia?”  Two years of your life. Two years that changed you forever.  We recite our two-minute elevator speech as our listener’s eyes glaze over.  Shayna Rosenblum (Frewyeini (Sicata) Tigray, 2012—14) told her story first on a blog (she is part of the new wired generation after all) and now as a post for The Herald in On Bravery. She is refreshingly honest making this a “must read” for all females considering volunteering for the Peace Corps.  She, too, has been touched forever by her experience in Ethiopia and shares her experience through a series of short stories, some happy, some sad, but all very brave.

In Epistles and Stories by RPCVs from Ethiopia, Alan Smith (Debre Marcos Group XVI (1971–73); Vocational trainer of new Volunteers: Group XVII (Summer 1972) and Group XIX (Summer 1973) edits and compiles a sample of stories and letters from other RPCVs from the early years.  Do you remember those little blue aerogrammes or venturing to Addis Ababa to make a phone call?  If so, the stories captured here will resonate.

Hoyt Smith (Addis Ababa, 1962-65) reflects on his experiences as background for his book with Ted Vestal in Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia: The Story behind the Story.  His book, Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia: Revisited was published this past year and is reviewed in our book section. Hoyt relates his experience as a Public Relations photographer for the early Peace Corps office and the opportunities that gave him. In this reflection, he includes photos not published in his book and speaks about the brief moments when he met HIM (His Imperial Majesty) Haile Selassie.  If you have not yet had an opportunity to purchase his book, this is the time to do so.  The photos are magnificent!

PCVs in Ethiopia
Many of us RPCVs have had a chance to return to Ethiopia and connect with current Volunteers, who have been both welcoming and curious about our experiences. We are fortunate in this issue to have three short pieces from current Volunteers in the field.

Deborah Massey (Injibara, 2012—.   ) had experienced the normal set of frustrations in working on projects when she began a reading program.  She describes her triumph in Welcome to Reading Outcome: Ethiopian primary school students excited to read!  She was able to build upon the work of previous volunteers and set up a reading program at the Injibara Public Library that includes 150 books in two languages, math flashcards, a table where students can draw, card games and an educational video program in Amharic.

Evan Craig (Quiha 2014—.    ) describes a transformational experience he had in working in Ethiopia in The Transitional Hive: A Quiha Story.  Evan thought he had found a place for himself in Ethiopia by training local farmers how to set up transitional bee hives, only to discover that he had worked himself out of a job — the ultimate Peace Corps success story.

For the past few summers, PCVs in Ethiopia have been invited to assist in the Youth Solidarity and English Language Summer Camp.  In English Only, Forrest Copeland (Abi Adi, Tigray 2012-14 and Addis Ababa, 2014-    ) writes about his observations at this amazing summer camp.  The goals of the YSEL-Ethiopia program are to improve English language skills, develop critical thinking, build leadership skills and create solidarity among the students from the diverse areas of Ethiopia.  Volunteers with whom I have spoken have stated that this was a major highlight of their Peace Corps experience.

And Other News
The Board of the Ethiopian and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers welcomes our newest Board Member, Karen (Preskey) Glover (Agaro, 2007-2009).  Recently returned from her service in Ethiopia, she brings a contemporary perspective of the experiences of recent Volunteers and the networking capability to help the organization to thrive.

Gloria Gieseke Curtis (Asmara 1963–65), retired E & ERPCVs board member has a fundraising idea to supplement efforts for the RPCV Legacy program.  If you are interested in traditional cultural objects or contemporary jewelry, check out Gloria’s article for more information.

Alice Gosak Gary (Harrar 1964-67) shares photos and stories from the Ethiopian III reunion in San Antonio.  And in our Friends section, let us honor two requests for finding PCVs from long ago.

Book Reviews and More
And finally, my favorite section, Book Reviews and More. This issue has reviews for Hoyt Smith’s Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia: Revisted, Mellow Yellow – Dead Red  a mystery by Sylvia Rochester (Jimma,1964-66), The Essential Guide to Tigrinya: the Language of Eritrea and Northern Ethiopia co-authored by Andrew Tadross (2011-13, Endodo and Mekelle, Tigray)  and Zemene a documentary film. 



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