Yesterday, Ambassador William W. Popp presided over the swearing-in ceremony of twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda, marking the commencement of their two-year service journey in communities throughout Uganda. Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. Peace Corps is dedicated to promoting global peace and international friendship through service. In Uganda, Volunteers collaborate with host counterparts in the Education, Health, and Agribusiness/Economic Development sectors.
The Swearing-in Ceremony held particular significance as the second cohort since the global evacuation of Volunteers in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. The event brought together distinguished guests, community members, host families, and institutional partners. The Volunteers contributions align with Uganda’s development goals, addressing education, health, sustainable agriculture, and economic development. The Peace Corps fosters cross-cultural exchange and forms lasting friendships between the people of the United States and Uganda. To date,1,859 Volunteers have served in this country since 1964, and this new group will continue that strong legacy.