Peace Corps swears in 54 New Volunteers

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Chargé d’Affairés Daniel S. Katz swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers during a ceremony held at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village in Maseru. The Peace Corps is the U.S. government’s volunteer organization, which sends Americans to developing countries to help build the skill capacity among host country nationals, as well as form lasting cross-cultural relationships. The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Today the Peace Corps serves 65 countries with over 9,000 volunteers and trainees around the world.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Lesotho serve in two different programs: Education and Health. Volunteers in the Education program serve as primary school teachers of English, and secondary school teachers of mathematics. Volunteers in the Health 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 their future.

This group of Volunteers will serve the rural and remote areas of Lesotho through the Peace Corps’ Education and Health Projects. The Minister of Education and Training, Hon. Mokhele Moletsane and the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, Hon. Kabelo Mafura both delivered remarks at this special occasion. The ceremony was the culmination of an eleven weeks intensive training program in Sesotho language/culture and technical training in Education and Health. The training was conducted in the villages of Bela-Bela, Kolojane, and Mokomahatsi in the Berea district, where the Volunteers stayed with local families.

, Chargé d’Affairés of the U.S. Embassy in Maseru Mr. Daniel S. Katz swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers during a ceremony held at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village in Maseru. The Peace Corps is also an active participant in 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.