Thirty-Eight Peace Corps Agro-Forestry and Community Health Trainees Sworn In

January 25th, 2008 by bobebill

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Thirty-eight Agro-Forestry and Community Health trainees were sworn in as volunteers on December 5, 2007, after having completed their pre-service training in Bangangte, West Province of Cameroon. Since her arrival in Cameroon three months ago, this was the first group of Peace Corps volunteers U.S. Ambassador Janet E. Garvey has sworn in. The ceremony was additionally presided over by the Senior Divisional Officer of Nde Mathieu Hubert Mouafo Manbou, Mayor of Bangante Celestine Ketcha Courtes and Peace Corps Country Director James T. Ham.

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Prior to the swearing-in, the twenty-one Agro-Forestry and 17 Community Health trainees successfully completed an intensive ten-week training program, which included language and technical training as well as sessions on personal health, safety, security and cross-cultural issues. During this training period, trainees lived with Cameroonian host families to stress language immersion and cross-cultural adaptation.

The new Agro-Forestry and Community Health volunteers have been posted to villages and towns in seven of Cameroon’s ten provinces (Southwest, Northwest, West, Adamawa, Center, South and East provinces), where they will serve for two years. Agro-Forestry extension volunteers work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER), non-governmental organizations and farmer leaders to increase public awareness regarding sustainable farming systems and improved natural resource management. Community Health volunteers support the Ministry of Health and MINADER to empower communities and to improve their quality of life, by assessing needs and resources and undertaking projects to strengthen local health and community conditions.

All Peace Corps volunteers support the organizations three goals: to help the people of Cameroon meet their need for trained man and woman power; to promote a better understanding of the American people on the part of Cameroonians; to promote a better understanding of Cameroon and the Cameroonian people on the part of Americans.

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