Press Release | U.S. Peace Corps Response Volunteers Return to Uganda
Kampala, May 27, 2022 – U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown presided over the swearing-in ceremony May 26 of the first two U.S. Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to return to Uganda since the agency’s global evacuation in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A second and larger cohort of volunteers is planned to arrive in Uganda in early August.
“For more than 50 years the Peace Corps program has been a tangible symbol of, and contributor to, the incredibly strong partnerships between the people of Uganda and the United States,” Ambassador Brown said, noting that the reentry of volunteers will continue a tradition of promoting values of world peace and friendship. The Peace Corps program was introduced in Uganda in 1964.
“We are thrilled for this historic moment marking the reentry of volunteers to Uganda,” said Peace Corps Uganda Country Director Dr. Lily Asrat. “As a result of thoughtful planning, assessment, and COVID-19 conditions in Uganda trending in the right direction, Peace Corps Uganda is thrilled to host volunteers once again.”
At the request of the government of Uganda, Peace Corps volunteers will be based in local communities and will contribute their technical knowledge and skills in three sectors: Education, Health, and Agribusiness / Economic Development. Projects in the education sector will support early childhood literacy. Projects in the health sector will focus on implementing evidence-based interventions that increase the knowledge and skills of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to improve their well-being and resilience including orphaned and vulnerable children and their families. Projects in the agribusiness sector will support capacity building efforts in financial literacy, business, and livelihood programing. To date, 1,859 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Uganda.
For additional information, please contact:
U.S. Mission Uganda
Tel: +256-414-250-314 x6104 Cell: 0772-138-194