The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Today the Peace Corps serves more than 60 countries with over 7,000 volunteers and trainees around the world. Peace Corps Lesotho opened in 1967, and in recent years has expanded its programming. In September 2016 Peace Corps Lesotho moved to a new office compound in Maseru, in order to support and enhance operations in Lesotho.
The new Peace Corps office has more space than the previous office, and it is located near the Maseru Mall. On October 6, 2016 the Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers will visit Peace Corps Lesotho and participate in the dedication of the new office. On this occasion Peace Corps Lesotho Country Director Wendy Van Damme will welcome the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, US Ambassador Matthew Harrington, and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers, who will share remarks.
Peace Corps Volunteers in Lesotho serve in two different programs: Education and Healthy Youth. Volunteers in the Education program serve as primary school teachers of English, and secondary school teachers of mathematics. Volunteers in the Healthy Youth program work with community-based organizations to contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS among youth, assist in care and treatment of HIV positive youth, and help prepare youth for the worlds of work.
There are currently 76 Volunteers serving the rural and remote areas of Lesotho. Last week more than 50 new trainees arrived to begin their intensive eleven week training program in Sesotho language and culture and technical training in education and youth development. The training is conducted in villages in the Leribe district, where the Volunteers stay with local families.
Over 2,300 volunteers have served in Lesotho since 1967. The Peace Corps is part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and all Volunteers use their community organization skills to extend the reach of national and international efforts to respond to the epidemic in Lesotho.
A ribbon cutting will be held to dedicate the new Peace Corps office in Maseru on October 6, 2016 at 11:00 am.
For further information please contact InfoMaseru@state.gov or call +266-2231-2666 ext. 4317.