What is the Peace Corps?In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.Its mission has three simple goals: 1.Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. 2.Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. 3.Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Who and Where?More than 195,000 Peace Corps Volunteers haveserved in139 host countries
What do they PC Volunteers Do? Current Programs Education Youth Outreach Community Development Business Development Agriculture and Environment Health and HIV/AIDS Information technology
Republic of Senegal• Population: over 11 million, 70 percent live in rural areas• Democracy with 7 year presidential term• Religion: 95% Muslim, 4% Catholic, 1% animist
Projects Unsuccessful projects = Imposed approach without local ownership • Cultural festival • Merchant community Bank • Batik Brothers Successful Project = locally generated, driven, and sustained • Banana plantation • Traditional Wrestling • Market Garden • Soap making• Community lending