Archive for March, 2007

Connect your classroom with PCVs in Cameroon

March 27th, 2007 by bobebill

The Peace Corps’ World Wise Schools program is seeking classrooms to match up with PCVs in Cameroon. The letter below has the details of the program, and I encourage anyone who is a teacher or has a student to consider this wonderful opportunity. WWS produced an award-winning video, Destination: Cameroon, in the 1990’s that is still in use and available on DVD or VHS.

Dear Friends of Cameroon,

Thank you for your interest in helping us promote Coverdell World Wise Schools’ Correspondence Match program. Currently there are 54 Peace Corps Volunteers in Cameroon participating in the program, and we would appreciate your help in making sure that the twelve PCVs still waiting for educators can find a match. In order to find our PCVs opportunities to connect with a classroom in the United States, we encourage the Friends of Cameroon to spread the word about our successful program in your newsletter and any social event that your group is hosting. Please read below for further information regarding Correspondence Match. If you have any questions, e-mail me at rfournier@peacecorps.gov.

Correspondence Match
Correspondence Match is a program offered by Coverdell World Wise Schools that links U.S. teachers with Peace Corps Volunteers working overseas. Participating Peace Corps Volunteers share stories, artifacts, photos, and much more with students, all the while promoting the third goal of the Peace Corps: bringing other cultures back to the people of the United States. Enrolled teachers have access to an array of educational resources: the Match Handbook, which provides practical guidance and ideas for the correspondence; monthly topical e-newsletters; rich publications with stories by Peace Corps Volunteers, along with suggestions for classroom use; and a variety of multimedia resources. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for overseas phone calls with their PCV during the annual Peace Corps Week celebration in March.

If you are interested in connecting with a currently serving PCV through our Correspondence Match program, please contact Coverdell World Wise Schools at wwsinfo@peacecorps.gov or call us at 800.424.8580, ext. 1450. For more information, visit our website at www.peacecorps.gov/wws/correspond. We look forward to hearing from you.

New U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon Nominated

March 24th, 2007 by bobebill

WASHINGTON, March 23 — President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate individuals to serve in his administration:

The president intends to nominate Janet E. Garvey, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cameroon. Ms. Garvey, a career member of the
Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Deputy Coordinator at the
Bureau of International Information Programs at the Department of State.
Prior to this, she served as Country Director in the Office of North
Central European Affairs at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at
the Department of State. Earlier in her career, she served as Deputy Chief
of Mission in Budapest. Ms. Garvey received her bachelor’s degree from
Northeastern University and her JD from Georgetown University.

The President intends to nominate R. Neils Marquardt, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of Comoros. Mr.
Marquardt, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves
as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon. Prior to this, he
served concurrently as the United States Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
Earlier in his career, he served as Director of the Secretary’s Diplomatic
Readiness Task Force at the Department of State. Mr. Marquardt received his
bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College and his master’s degrees
from the American Graduate School of International Management and the
National War College.

Passing of Jules Delambre

March 19th, 2007 by bobebill

Delambre, Jules William
(Peace Corps Volunteer, TTC Tatum, 1965-67)

A retired policy budget analyst and information technologist with 28 years of service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Jules William Delambre passed away peacefully after a one-year struggle with cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Thursday morning, Feb. 15, 2007. He was 65, born in Houston on Sept. 8, 1941, and shortly afterwards moved to Oscar, where he spent the first five years of his life and many summer days at the home of his beloved grandmother.

Jules moved with his family in 1946 to Baton Rouge, where he attended school. He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, a bachelor of science degree in anthropology and a master’s of arts degree in anthropology from LSU and did further graduate work in anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

During his college career he took a break to serve in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa, from 1965 to 1967. He was most recently a resident of Frankfort, Ky.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Alice Holmes Delambre; two sons, Brian Delambre of Fort Thomas, Ky., and Jason Delambre and his wife, Amelia Berry, of Cincinnati; mother, Mary Broughton Delambre of Sunset; sisters, Cherie Delambre and June Delambre Walker, both of Sunset, and Blanche Delambre Cano and her husband, Adolfo Cano, of Baton Rouge; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. Jules taught sociology at Eastern Kentucky University from 1971 to 1973, before working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

He was an active member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Kentucky, United Nations Association, Friends of the Paul Sawyier Public Library, Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky, Friends of Cameroon and Change for Kentucky. Jules was very active and always willing to take on any office in these organizations. He always wanted to contribute and make this world a better place. He gave generously of his time and energies to his family, friends and community.

Among his many interests were photography, day lily gardening, genealogy, reading, art, folk dance, political action, philosophical debate and world affairs. Jules worked tirelessly to create peace in the world and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Paul Sawyier Public Library building fund, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort, KY 40601.

Peace Corps Hotline available

March 17th, 2007 by admin

I am sure that many of you will remember getting the Peace Corps Hotline once you COSed–it is available online at http://www.peacecorps.gov/rpcv/hotline/current.pdf. If you wnt to see what the job market for RPCVs is these days, or if you are looking for a change, check it out.

http://www.peacecorps.gov/rpcv/hotline/current.pdf

Peace Corps Hotline available

March 17th, 2007 by admin

I am sure that many of you will remember getting the Peace Corps Hotline once you COSed–it is available online at http://www.peacecorps.gov/rpcv/hotline/current.pdf. If you wnt to see what the job market for RPCVs is these days, or if you are looking for a change, check it out.

In need of advice to help

March 14th, 2007 by admin

My name is Pat Green, and last November I spent 3 weeks in Bamali, Northwest Province of Cameroon with AidCamps International helping to build a school. While there, we had a collaboration with SHUMAS (Strategic Humanitarian Services) and visited many of their projects.

I am trying to help them obtain funds for a clinic in Mogni, but m having trouble trying to get charitable organization status for HUMAS which would also include having any contributions made from his country be allowed as a tax deduction. Because of this, I feel hat people will not contribute as much as they would if it WERE tax-deductible. A bank account was set up for them at a US bank, which s how they would be receiving the funds.

Any suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Patricia Green

patgreen@frontiernet.net