– October 2006— Volume 19, Number 5
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more involved with internationally-minded San
joining the SDPCA’s new
This Commitee will build partnerships with internationally
focused organizations in the San Diego area as a means
to strengthen our SDPCA membership. 1 year
term. Monthly Committee meetings.
Interested? – Want
to learn more?
Please contact Kate McDevitt at
In Need of a P.R. Person
Are you experienced – or want to be experienced – in
contacting the media for a group like ours? For
more than a year the Board of Directors has discussed
the need for someone who can assist us in communicating
with the media in San Diego. We feel that it would be
helpful to connect with former PCVs as well as the community
at large to let them know about some of our programs.
Not only have
we lost track of some RPCV’s who
once belonged to SDPCA, but there are others who could
have moved here that could learn about us and our programs.
Many of you
already know about our social and community action
activities as well as our grant giving program. We
would like to expand that knowledge in the community
through the media, i.e. The Union-Tribune, The Reader,
TV, radio, etc.
A good example
of information that would be valuable to get out to
the media is contained in this issue’s “Recruiter’s
Corner” by Rudy Sovinee. The valuable course
recently offered at UCSD and panel discussions presented
by RPCVs are extremely interesting and a valuable resource
for many and also are examples of how communicating these
events across the media is important.
for communicating our activities to the outside world
is that of donations. It’s
possible that we may reach people who may want to connect
with us and donate to our grant program so that we can
help even more PCVs in their community projects in various
parts of the world.
In any case,
if you feel that you could be the one we’re
looking for to help us in this endeavor to become our
media spokesperson, please contact me at and someone from the Board will be contacting you soon.
–Lynn Jarrett, Ukraine 2001–03.
Seeking Help with
My name is William Dinges. I am a professor in the School
of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University
in Washington, D.C.
I am in the initial stages of a research initiative
that will be looking at the “re-entry” experiences
of overseas volunteers in a number of Catholic lay volunteer
associations (Jesuit Volunteers International, Maryknoll Lay
Missioners; Franciscan Mission Service, etc.).
note is a query as to whether or not you (or someone
associated with your group) has done (or published)
any empirical research looking at the impact of Peace
Corps service on the part of your membership after
they have returned to the US?
As I formulate questionnaire material appropriate
to studying Catholic lay volunteer associations,
I am attempting to get some sense of similar work done
on volunteers in other groups or kindred associations.
very much appreciate hearing from someone on your end
regarding the above.
–William D. Dinges, Ph.D., School of Theology
and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America Dinges@cua.edu
Greetings from Zambia!
by Tim Mildrew, PCV Zambia
I am just
starting my 8th week of pre-service training. I realize
that I haven’t provided you with much
information about what I have been doing for these past
2 months. The truth is that I’ve had little time
to collect my thoughts due to my rigid training schedule.
I’ll provide a brief background about what has
happened to me so far.
in Zambia on June 9th. We stayed in Eureka Camp near
Lusaka. Inside the camp were giraffe,
zebra, antelope, monkeys, and other animals. We stayed
there for a couple of days to recover from our jetlag.
We then traveled to Mwekera which is outside Kitwe to
begin our training.
there are three groups in training: RAP, fish
farming, HAP, HIV/AIDS awareness, and LIFE, Linking
Income Food and the Environment (my program). Under the
LIFE program, I will be working as a forest extension
agent - which basically means that I will be working
with communities to set up Village Resource Management
Committees and helping them in working alongside the
Forest Department to use their resources in a sustainable
manner. My tasks also may include helping villagers with
income generating activities such as beekeeping, teaching
environmental studies in the local schools, working with
farmers to increase their crop yield and improve their
food storage facilities, and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.
Basically, when I get to my permanent site, I will work
with my community to find ways to address their needs.
very intense. I live with a family of farmers who happen
to speak the language that I am learning, Kaonde. Usually,
I see them only during meal times and after I return
home from training. I have language
classes in the morning. I’ve found Kaonde
moderately difficult compared to other languages I have
studied. It gets complicated because it uses noun-adjective
agreement (different nouns classes call for modification
of adjectives). Where I am training not many people speak
Kaonde, because it is predominantly used in the Northwest;
outside my language class, the only practice I get speaking
it is with my host family.
At my homestay, I live in a white and red mud brick
house with a thatched roof. Inside, I have a table, bookshelf,
water filter, lantern, mattress, and mosquito net. Outside,
my house is my bathing shelter and latrine. My house
is located on the family compound (right next door to
another family hosting a trainee). Most of my meals are
prepared for me. I eat breakfast and lunch by myself
and dinner usually with my Zambian father and brother.
As a guest for the first two weeks or so, I was given
the best chair, the best meat, and I had someone wash
my hands first before a meal. I was a little uncomfortable
about receiving all this attention in the beginning.
However, as time goes on, I have been able to find ways
to integrate myself into the routine of my family by
doing my own laundry, pounding my own peanut butter,
etc. Also, right from the start, I tried to use as little
English as possible in interacting with my family, although
my host brother happens to speak some English.
made sharing about myself in the beginning very difficult,
I think that it has paid off in the long-run because
it put pressure on me to learn the language and I believe
that what I have to say will carry greater weight in
their native language. I attended church with my family
on several occasions. They are Evangelical. I didn’t
understand most of what was being said during the service.
During my second visit, they read out verses in English
for my benefit. There is a lot singing and dancing
involved in the services. It was a very interesting
My technical sessions usually take place during the
afternoons. We are learning about forestry, gardening,
tree nurseries, agriculture, permaculture, environmental
education, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, beekeeping,
organic pesticides, composting, jam making, and many
other things. Depending on the circumstances of where
I am assigned, I may use some or all of these disciplines.
I had my first
teaching experiences during weeks four and five. In
my first class, I taught about habitat and natural
resources. We played a game in which there were kids
who pretended to be deer on one side and kids pretending
to be habitat on the other side. The deer and the habitat
had to make different hand signs for food, water, shelter,
and space and then the deer ran to the habitat that matched
with their hand signs. Those deer that touched with their
habitat choice lived and brought the habitat over to
their side to become deer and those deer that didn’t
touch died and became part of the habitat. We then explored
what would happen to some of the deer if there weren’t
one of the habitats available. It was a little hard to
control the game because we had two classrooms together
(80 kids total), but I think the kids enjoyed the game
and learned something. During my second class, I taught
about trees. We played a game that showed what happens
to habitat with deforestation. We also planted trees
on the school grounds.
We also have
cultural sessions that teach us about Zambian culture.
Some topics we learned about are marriages and funeral
practices. Other sessions deal with staying healthy
while living in Zambia—avoiding rabies, shisto,
and malaria—just to name a few. We also have sessions
that teach about the current HIV/AIDS situation in Zambia
and ways to integrate HIV/AIDS education into our village
programs. A lot of my time is also spent bike riding
to and from different areas where we have sessions. I
wish we had a more centralized location.
My language group and I went on a site visit two weeks
ago to visit a LIFE volunteer in the Northwest. It was
sort of bush and we had to travel down this bumpy road
for a couple of hours. We got to meet the chief there
and he told us about the history of the Kaondes. We also
got to meet a group of beekeepers and a village resource
management committee of farmers. It felt good to be in
an area where a majority of the people spoke the language
that I am learning. After my site visit, we traveled
to Kasisi farms, an agricultural training site outside
of Lusaka. What I experienced at Kasisi farms were farming
techniques on such a mass scale that it was very encouraging,
but at the same time very intimidating when I think of
what I would need to do it in my own village.
I received my site assignment the other day. My site
is located in the Northwest Province of Zambia near Kasempa.
The volunteer before me left early (early terminated)
about 6 months into their service, so it is still a relatively
new site. Possible programs include Joint Forest Management,
beekeeping, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, HIV/AIDS,
and environmental education.
In the two weeks that I have left before swear-in, I
look forward to completing my training and finally reaching
I hope that
this finds you all in good health. Please keep me informed
as to what is happening in your own lives. I can’t
promise you that I can respond to you in a timely manner,
but I will try my best to respond to everyone.
was only a few months ago that Alaina was at the SDPCA
event in Old Town with us. Here is an early report – including
some of those early lessons that we remember learning.
An Update from Ecuador
by Alaina Gallegos, PCV Ecuador
I have finally
downloaded some pictures for everyone to see how beautiful
Ecuador is. I have been sitting
at the internet cafe for an hour now trying to download
these pictures (service is SLOW here!). So don’t
expect more pictures from me for awhile.
Everything here is good. Training is almost
over and I have been to the Christian Children’s
Foundation to meet my counterparts. In the Cangauhua
photo, it shows a glimpse of my training site. This
is where I have been living for the past 6 weeks. It
is in the Sierra and it is usually pretty cold here. I
have also included a photo of my new host family in my
permanent town. I stayed with them last week, as
I was exploring and getting more acquainted with my future
job. I won’t necessarily be living with them
for 2 years, but they are still my “family”. I
will be working with the man in the photograph, as he
is my counterpart for CCF. I will most likely be
spending weekends and holidays working with CCF. There
is also a photo of kids at a school that I will be working
at. The scenery is absolutely amazing as you can
see in the picture. I am spending the first 3 months
following the mobilizadores around to 56 different
schools. They do education sessions on: nutrition,
sex education, HIV, hygiene, and lots of other fun stuff.
in my site thinks that I am a nutritionist. On
Saturday, I decided to show off my good nutrition knowledge
and cook dinner for my host family as a token of appreciation
for their hospitality to me. Anyway, I decided
that cooking noodles in a pressure cooker was a good
idea. To my defense, I had never used one in the
US. So, I heard the water bubbling and I decided
that it is a good idea to open up the top to check the
noodles. Well, someone who has ever used a pressure
cooker before knows that it is the worst thing anyone
could ever do. So, I received a hot burst of water
in my face and my family got a noodle surprise all over
their kitchen! Don’t worry, I am okay. I
did get burned, but it is healing very nicely now.
Alone: Wild dogs
are rampant in Ecuador and all over South America. So
going hiking alone in the mountains is not necessarily
a good idea. Yesterday, I learned my lesson when
I was nearly attacked by three dogs. I started
running from them and tripped. I thought this would
be the end of me, but they just bit at my pants (which
were thick Boy Scout Venture pants) and then left me
I learned some valuable lessons this week: NEVER
cook noodles in a pressure cooker and try to force the
lid off and do not go hiking alone, or without a big
stick! I miss and love everyone! I have to
go home now so I can eat my rice and potatoes for dinner,
is a senior who has vast experience in community
development and also practiced as a clinical psychologist
before volunteering for the Peace Corps. He was the
bearded guy in the “Super Bowl” photo from
Seeing and Building
Bloomberg, PCV Paraguay
arrived via the Internet. Paraguay is a long way from
San Diego. Sometimes the internet or even the phone
doesn’t keep a personal connection alive,
other times it’s like a feeding tube for a bed-bound
patient, and for some it’s a cyber equivalent of
veins and arteries that let the spiritual blood of relationships
flow. The message was from my Peace Corps recruiter asking
if I would write an article for the San Diego Peace Corps
crystal ball, the application to the Peace Corps was
a leap of faith. Wrapping up an adult’s
lifetime in San Diego took all of the two years that
elapsed before I left for Miami on the way to Paraguay.
All I knew about the country was a little bit of history
that I found on the internet and that there would not
be a hurricane in this small, landlocked South American
country. It’s surrounded by Bolivia, Argentina
and Brazil. (These three countries waged a genocidal
war against Paraguay in the mid-1880s and some of the
There is so much to tell about Paraguay (my online journal
captures but a small portion of it.) It has suffered
from rapid deforestation during the most recent thirty
years. It has an immense youth population, birth control
is legal but not culturally accepted for premarital sexual
relations, and abortion is illegal. The Catholic church
is fully integrated in the fabric of the society and
there are remnants of Liberation Theology throughout
the country. The democratic political system that replaced
the fascist dictatorship has been ineffective in managing
the economy for the public good; the United States supported
the dictator and now supports the reformers who are a
minority sect among the elite.
in Paraguay, a soon to be volunteer asked, ¨What are we doing here?¨ The problems
are so immense, our understanding is so limited, and
our ability to do things is constrained by the culture
and lack of resources. At the time, without concrete
experience in the field, my response was philosophical.
Two months in Encarnación provides the basis for
a more specific reply. (For more details about the city,
please visit: http://www.xanga.com/vicparaguay.)
of the Education/Urban Youth Sector came to town to give a standard presentation. It was
held at the home of my host family for about a dozen
Paraguayans (and two French-Canadian students). There
were songs and dance from a husband, wife, son and daughter
that have become my friends in a short time. There was
laughter and serious discussion. It was explained
that Peace Corps is an opportunity for cross-cultural
sharing and sharing of technical assistance. The opportunities
that we see (or miss) and the relationships that we build
(or neglect) define the experience for each volunteer
and the community.
My host family
consists of two teenage girls and a young man that
is a family friend. The father died three years ago.
The mother moved to Spain for work and sends money
to them. The young man goes to university part-time,
he wants to become a computer programmer. The elder sister
is pregnant. The person that got her pregnant
is not involved in the life of the family. When I arrived,
the back yard was a mess. With the family’s permission,
I’ve cleaned it up and have a small, organic garden.
Yesterday, I gave the first helping of lettuce, spinach
and green onions to my host family.
I have worked with Paraguayans in the Municipal garbage
dump to help prepare a community (of 70 families and
230 workers) for relocation. They mine the dump for glass,
plastic, metal and paper for recycling. They raise pigs
and chickens, utilize expired food products, and also
there is a daily lunch provided by an evangelical church
for the children. The residents speak Guarani. My efforts
are going slowly to pick up the language. My job is to
observe and video the poorest of the poor.
In town, in
one of the poorer barrios, my work includes meetings
with a group of youth that help me with Guarani. We
meet at a daily lunch program that is provided by the
Catholic church. Guarani is a language that pre-dates
the arrival of the Conquistadors in the 1500´s.
While bilingual education is the official policy of the
country, the language is being challenged by the domination
of Spanish in the schools, the media and the economy.
Several kids have asked why I want to learn Guarani;
they smile when I include reasons of love and respect.
The video documentary is part of a Paraquayan´s
vision of a small business dedicated to radio and video
programs in Guarani.
A group of artisans are interested in forming an economic
solidarity group in order to expand their businesses.
The banks will not give them loans because the amounts
that are needed are too small and they do not have any
collateral. My role is to facilitate the participation
of Non-Governmental Organizations and provide technical
assistance during my two years of service.
There’s an old hymn that includes the phrases, “I
once was lost, now I am found – I once was blind,
now I see” At times, so far from family and
friends in a society that is very different in so many
ways, I feel lost. Sometimes, because of my language
limitations and cultural differences, I feel blind. It
may or may not be mystical, but it is the building of
relationships that allows me to see.
Friends, Below is my most recent Xanga entry. I’m
writing to find a few people that might know how I can
post a six minute Windows Media Video (WMV) film
on the web. I put it together with two camcorders, it
shows “before and after”. The hope is then
we can send the link to others in order to raise funds.
The plan is to match Paraguayan donations. Everything
is difficult down here, but I’ll try to change
the format to make it better for the web. Also, we need
some organization to receive funds and coordinate with
the Paraguayan non-profit. Any ideas would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks, Love, Victor Bloomberg, PCV Paraguay
Arson Is Most Likely
It seems that
someone burned down to the ground the humble structure
that housed the recyclables that the Municipal garbage
dump Coop sells in order to buy the members’ daily bread. The structure also housed
the daily lunch program for the families´ children.
There was the smell of gasoline in the ground near the
destroyed remains of the structure. A sample was taken
and given to the Municipal investigator. His office later
said there´s nothing they could do. The members
of the cooperative believe that persons that see the
coop as an economic threat set the fire.
The fire flared up between 2am and 3am. The preceding
afternoon, the coop members were discussing the need
for security; the plan was to be implemented the next
day. It was too late. We arrived before 9am the same
day. People were stunned. It is heartbreaking when you
are pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and someone
knocks you down. I was asked to film. That night, with
two camcorders connected, I put together a short ¨before
and after video¨. The coop delivered it to the mayor
of Encarnación the next morning. He said he’d
watch it and he gave the coop permission to film the
meeting. The mayor promised to put up posts and a roof
to shelter the recyclables that will be collected from
here on out. He will take to city council a proposal
to put up walls and a door, and to install electricity.
A Paraguayan non-profit with support from Spain will
continue to feed the kids. There is no means to recover
the loss of income to the coop members. The poorest of
the poor do not have savings and cannot get loans.
By the end of the next day after the fire, the
families of the coop had cleared the charred ruins of
the building that was their ¨field of dreams.¨ I
watched as the sun set on families that swept the ashes
from the surface of the adobe foundation.
Bloomberg, PCV Paraguay
National Peace Corps Association:
what NPCA does for the Peace Corps community.
And it’s in that spirit that I’m
pleased to share with you some important news.
July 25 President Bush nominated Ron Tschetter
to be the 17th Director of Peace Corps. Ron and
his wife Nancy were volunteers in India from
1966 to 1968. Ron’s appointment will mark
just the third time a returned Peace Corps volunteer
serves in that position, a criterion NPCA advocated
for with the White House Personnel Office. Ron
also knows NPCA well: he is a past Board Chair
and current Director’s Circle member. We
look forward to working with him to strengthen
the partnership between Peace Corps and NPCA,
especially around Third Goal activities.
this month “Hlatikulu Journal,” an
article written by Peace Corps volunteer Alyson
Peel and published in the 2005 special WorldView
issue on AIDS, won first place in the small association
feature category of the 2006 Gold Circle Awards
sponsored annually by The American Society of
Association Executives & The Center for Association
Leadership. We’re very proud of WorldView,
which is read by serving Peace Corps volunteers
around the world and comes as a benefit of NPCA
Corps volunteers make a difference long after
they finish their service overseas.
information on these and other happenings in
our community, and to get connected, informed
and engaged, please visit our Web site at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org
–Kevin Quigley, President, NPCA
Capitol Hill Advocacy in DC
news after Advocacy DC!
Speaking from the Heart
by Crystal Green, Ph.D., LMFT Associate Clinical Director
At Survivors of Torture, International, a San Diego
non-profit dedicated to helping survivors of politically-motivated
torture from more than 50 countries worldwide, clients
come to us from all over the linguistic map. They speak
Acholi, Amharic, Bemba, Chaldean, Dinka, Pashto, Kinyarwanda,
Nuer, Somali, and many other languages you might never
have heard of, unless you are a Peace Corps activist!
Many survivors speak two, three, even four languages
fluently, but they may not speak English well enough
to tell their story and begin their healing.
are often referred to as being “too
much for words” or “inexpressible”.
Torture does seem to defy words. It is beyond the routine
of the common vocabulary. However, language is at the
core of what makes us human. Language ties us to our
fellows in community. The human voice is recognizable
even to infants as they enter the world. The intent of
torture is to break that humanity. To ravage trust and
confidence. To shatter the bonds that tie an individual
to a community. Torture can snap the chords that give
voice to one in order to silence a multitude.
Torture survivors need the skills of trained and compassionate
interpreters to lend them voice in English. To interpret
the subtleties of the intense emotion and experience
of surviving torture is an art. Interpreters are wordsmiths,
artists of human expression. Some interpreters are needed
regularly due to the high demand for their language,
such as Arabic or French. Others are needed only sporadically,
but the need is still crucial to the survivor trying
to tell her or his story. However often an interpreter
works with us we always appreciate their skills, compassion
and willingness to serve with us in our mission.
Interpreters at Survivors receive an orientation and
must sign confidentiality agreements before they are
hired to work as contractors with our staff, clinicians,
allied health professionals and medical doctors. Interpreters
receive a modest hourly payment for the professional
contribution to our important work.
Word by word,
story by story, our interpreters, clinicians, doctors,
and staff are together re-building the hope and re-creating
the community that survivors and their families need
to feel whole and healed. Through the interpreters
the “unspeakable” becomes a narrative,
and that narrative becomes a strong force against torture.
We extend our thanks to the many former Peace Corps volunteers
who have used their voices as instruments to end torture
over the past 9 years.
If you would like to become a contract interpreter with
Survivors, please call or email Crystal Green at (619)
278-2404 or email@example.com. To view our latest
newsletter or more information about the organization,
please log on to our website at http://www.notorture.org.
Community Action Notes
On July 22
SDPCA again worked at the Friends Center. It was over
100 degrees!! Next work party on October
14-see you there!
see Calendar or contact Lisa at
and below of the Museum of Man’s Tower
After Hours event – with a cultural theme
celebrating Lebanon – give you an idea of an
ambiente enjoyable for all attending. Join us in September
and October for Cuba and Sudan. (see page 4 and
5)! (Photographs by Connery Cepeda)
know how to organize warfare, but do we know how
to act when confronted with peace? –Jacques-Yves
From the President...
I hope you have enjoyed the summer and have tried to
stay cool. The summer has seen SDPCA members
at some great events, among them the Tour After Hours
at the Museum of Man, Peace Resource Center Work Day,
and the Health Panel Discussion in conjunction with the
Los Angeles recruiting office. I have enjoyed seeing
a variety of longtime members at the functions, as well
as meeting new members and Nominees. I know the ‘06-’07
Board Members are settling into their roles and have
many great ideas for functions and strengthening our
organization, so be sure to browse the newsletter for
more details on upcoming events.
note, there has been discussion about how to better “get the word out” about
SDPCA, our events, and the possibility of building
ties with other like-minded organizations in San Diego.
You will read
more about this in the newsletter, but we would like
to strengthen our public relations in order to continue
our work on the Third Goal. So please,
if you have any ideas, we would love to hear them!
In the meantime, take care and I look forward to seeing
Shaw, Mauritania (1999-01)
Board Meetings July–August
Clyne, Vickie Fields, Kate McDevitt, Lisa Rivera,
and Rudy Sovinee attended both meetings. Sira
Perez and Brenda Terry-Hahn attended in July. Lynn
Jarrett, Gregg Pancoast, and Nikol Shaw attended in
Minutes were approved as amended.
the recent email traffic on the Group Leaders’ Listserve
concerning an opening for Group Leader Forum Coordinator. No
SDPCA Board Members are interested in being considered,
however, the comment was made that SDPCA needs to put
forth more effort in sending a delegate to GLF activities
and the National Conferences. SDPCA will contribute
some funds toward registration for a delegate but this
allowance also needs to be incorporated into the annual
Members are reminded to let other members know when
out-of-town for more than one week, unable to attend
a meeting, or unable to complete duties.
No report at this time. A motion was made to purchase
Quickbooks 2006 for the CFO. After discussion,
the motion carried.
Membership: The SDPCA membership is
at 119 current, and 9 free. NPCA
membership is at 77 current. Past due memberships
include 37 one month past due and 63 one year past due.
next newsletter deadline is 10/10/06.
Community Action: Past
and present activities are covered in newsletter stories.
fundraising activities are covered in newsletter stories. Five t-shirts
are still available. Additional t-shirts will be
made to sell at the Holiday Party.
Global Awards: Board gave suggestions
for revising the ISF rubric, which were incorporated. Letter
and Request for Proposal was sent to Peace Corps Washington. Deadlines
are November 15th and March 1st.
Social: Past and present activities
are covered in newsletter stories.
Bureau: Sira will create
a brochure on Speaker’s Bureau to hopefully recruit
speakers as well as possible speaking events. She will
use contacts at schools and other local organizations
that work with youth and adults. Sira will also network
with educators who are language teachers to find out
when and if they know they will have an international
week or day. She will also try organizations that have
an international and/or peace focus. Sira will also contact
members who have expressed an interest in public speaking
and also write an article in the newsletter.
Old Business: None.
New Business: Don Beck requested that
he be copied via email on upcoming SDPCA events so that
he can update them on the website.
The September meeting will take place 6:30 PM, 9/6/06,
at the home of Lisa Rivera, hosted by Lynn Jarrett. All
RPCVs are welcome to attend.
Sharon Kennedy Darrough, Thailand 1989-91.
you want to make peace, you don't talk to your
friends. You talk to your enemies.. – Moshe
For orders or more information contact:
Marjory Clyne at
T Shirts For Sale
We still have a few t-shirts
for sale with our great SDPCA logo on the front and a
list of all countries of service on the back. The shirts
are white with the printing in blue. We sold most of them at the Annual Meeting
in May so I only have 2 medium and 3 large left. They
are $15 each. If you are interested please email
me at . What a great way to celebrate
your years of service and your involvement with our local
Peace Corps group.
Entertainment Books On Sale
We will be selling Entertainment Books again
this year through PostalAnnex stores countywide. They
will sell at the same price, $40. If you have never bought
one, this is a great deal. You will save up to 50% on
restaurants, shopping, theme parks, sporting events,
museums, movie tickets, airline tickets, and much more!
This is our major fundraiser for the year. It allows
us to support many current PC volunteers with money for
needy local projects. You can purchase your Entertainment
Book from now until December and make our International
Support Fund a success again this year.
And they are as beautiful
as ever. Do your Christmas shopping early; these are
definitely a gift everyone will appreciate. It is always
smart to give the boss something, grandma will appreciate
your thoughtfulness, your teacher- friends will make
good use of it all year long---the list is endless. Email
me with your orders today. Calendars are $10 each for
SDPCA members, $12 if you want them mailed, and $15 for
non members. Contact
–Marjory Clyne, Fundraising Chair
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New Members: Welcome!
SDPCA extends a warm welcome to
our newest members. We’ve seen some of you at events
already and we want all of you to get involved in our
activities. Let us hear from you!
- Chris Burns, Dominican Republic
(2003-2005), Community Economic Development
- Leah McFail, Gabon (2003-2004),
Community Health Educator
the 2006 Intn'l Calendar:
topped with yogurt sauce and tomatoes
2 medium sized eggplants
1 large tomato
1 cup canola oil (or 2” in
2 cloves chopped garlic
½ tsp turmeric powder
salt and pepper to season
1 cup water
dried mint for garnish
½ cup yogurt
2 tsp garlic powder
eggplants and pat dry. Slice eggplants widthwise
into circles of ½ inch
thickness. Heat frying pan with oil and fry eggplant
slices in batches so that slices are immersed in
oil and fry evenly on both sides without needing
to flip. Fry until lightly browned and place on
several layers of paper towels in a single layer,
continue until all eggplants are fried. Slice large
tomato and fry similarly. Drain the frying pan
of all oil except one tablespoon. Add chopped garlic
and sauté until garlic is soft but not burned.
Add turmeric powder, salt, pepper and water. Taste
sauce for seasoning. Add all eggplant slices to
sauce topping with tomato slices. Make sure to
add enough water to cover all eggplants and tomatoes
but not more. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
Prepare yogurt sauce by combining yogurt with
garlic powder and stirring until smooth. Once eggplants
are cooked through dish them out onto a platter
making sure to keep the circle shapes as intact
as possible and top with tomatoes. Pour yogurt
mixture on top in a cross design. Sprinkle dried
mint on top to garnish.
Source: Zulaikha Aziz from Amy Sproston
For each month of the
International Calendar, there is a recipe corresponding
to the country pictured. To download
a file with recipes for all twelve months,
go to: http://www.rpcvmadison.org/2006%20Recipes.doc
ever UCSD course on communicable diseases in the developing
world took place August 10 – 12
at the UCSD Medical Center. In addition to learning details
on how some diseases are transmitted, attendees benefited
by having senior Peace Corps staff in attendance as presenters
and commentators. Ron Campbell, previously a Country
Director and currently Peace Corps Director for AIDS
initiatives, provided stories and responses that were
extremely helpful in clarifying Peace Corps policy for
the many nominees, trainees, and potential applicants.
The San Diego Hospice has been working with Peace
Corps by training and accepting local nominees as hospice
volunteers prior to their departure. By helping these
nominees become better PCVs, they’ve strengthened
their mission—allowing Palliative care to grow
in the context of international health work. Friday morning
of the course featured a bereavement trainer to help
class participants recognize their ability to make a
qualitative difference to those they meet, while learning
how to care for themselves.
The conclusion of the course featured RPCVs Ann Pohlers,
David Johnson, Rebecca Carlton and Beth Skorochod in
a panel where they shared their knowledge of health work
in the Peace Corps. Beth participated by phone from Swaziland
and Johns Hopkins Medical School respectively. Nikol
Shaw and Kate McDevitt also helped in the panel, representing
the SDPCA board and welcoming RPCVs and others who took
advantage of attending this panel, which was the only
portion of the seminar open to the public.
Our next panels will be October 12th and November 9th.
Each of these will be from 6:30 to 8:30 at the SD Peace
Resource Center. This same period marks the beginning
of the college recruitment cycle. Sometimes, various
colleges schedule the same dates for career fairs. When
this happens, it would be awesome to have help from a
RPCV in distributing materials and collecting contact
information. If you are available to assist in this activity,
please let me know.
–Rudy Souvinee, Ghana
During the course at UCSD, the Peace Corps honored
the San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care program for its
humanitarian efforts in improving the quality of life
of people. Through their partnership with the Peace Corps – training
and working with Peace Corps nominees – this concept
of dignity and pain relief is being spread far beyond
San Diego County, improving the effectiveness of Peace
Corps Volunteers in tours of service around the world.
Picture shows Jill Andrews, Regional Manager of
the LA Regional Office, and Ron Campbell, AIDS Relief
Coordinator – Office
of the Director of the Peace Corps– as they presented
the award to Noreen Carrington, Executive Director of
the SD Hospice and Sue DiMassi, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.
(l to r: Rudy Sovinee, Noreen Carrington, Jill Andrews,
Sue DiMassi, and Ron Campbell)
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this issue are:
Nikol Shaw, Tim
Muldrew, PCV, Rudy
Gallegos, PCV, Sira
Bloomberg, PCV, Lynn
Kennedy Darrough, Annie