U.S. Ambassador Swears In 56 New Peace Corps Volunteers

KAMPALA – On August 13, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott H. DeLisi swore in a new group of 55 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) who will serve in the areas of health and agriculture. This newest group brings the total number of PCVs currently serving in Uganda to 175.

This swearing-in ceremony follows nine weeks of training for the 45 Volunteers in the areas of health and agriculture and three weeks for the 11 Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) volunteers. The new health trainees will work at health Centers 1 to IV and at the grassroots level to train and empower village health teams and community health promoters. Together, they will educate the public and create access to health care services for HIV/AIDS, malaria, hygiene, and nutrition.  The Agribusiness trainees will contribute to the Feed the Future Initiative and focus on farm-to-market value chain development, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and improved child nutrition.  Trainees in the GHSP sector will see doctors and nurses trained in institutions through Peace Corps Response.  GHSP Volunteers serve for one year as adjunct faculty at medical universities providing hands on training for quality healthcare service to build capacity of medical students and nurses.

Speaking at the swearing in ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott H. DeLisi noted, “You will be role models. You will inspire. You will help broaden horizons and, for those who emulate you, you will change their understanding of the world.  And, in doing so, I hope that as Americans, you will reflect the values that underlie our nation’s engagement in the world.  Values that emphasize respect for the rights of all, values that underscore our conviction that societies are stronger and richer when we cherish a diversity of voices and opinions rather than fear them, and values that reflect our core belief that no matter our culture, our faith, our gender, our color, or ethnicity, we all share a common humanity and should be given the chance to live lives of dignity and productivity.”

Full remarks can be found at https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/##11

For additional information, please contact:

Dorothy Nanyonga

Information Assistant

U.S. Mission Uganda

Email: NanyongaDX@state.gov

Tel:+256-414-250-314×6410 Cell: 0772138194