The United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced that over the next twelve months U.S. Peace Corps in Liberia plans to expand the number of volunteers to pre-Ebola level.
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, made the assertion on Friday, June 12 in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia when she swore in five Peace Corps Response Volunteers.
“These five Americans will join the legacy created by more than 4,300 Volunteers, who came to Liberia before them. Indeed, they underscore a growing people-to-people development partnership between our nations that dates back to 1962”, Ambassador Malac said in a statement.
The United States evacuated more than 100 Peace Corps Volunteers from Liberia after the deadly Ebola virus broke out here, killing more than 4,000 victims almost one year ago.
Welcoming the Peace Corps volunteers during the weekend, Ambassador Malac said she was happy that Maureen, Kris, Matt, Brian, and Luc decided to return to Liberia as Response Volunteers.
“…You continue a legacy of service between the U.S. and Liberia that dates to the very beginning of the Peace Corps, more than fifty years ago,” she said after recalling that the Volunteers left Liberia under extreme circumstances.
Ambassador Malac however reminded the audience of the “fortitude demonstrated” by Peace Corps Volunteers, who have provided educational opportunities for Liberians for over five decades.
The U.S. Envoy assured that the Volunteers will continue to help students and teachers better employ limited resources such as libraries, laboratory materials, and learning aids and they will begin looking at ways to help support public health and literacy initiatives.
She added that they will continue to build Liberian capacity that spans far beyond the classroom, as they all have shown in their commitment to gender equity, food security, malaria prevention, and many other initiatives in the past.
Ambassador Malac said all of these activities prepare youths to become productive adults and citizens, saying, the Peace Corps is challenging students here to leverage their abilities, communication skills, and decision-making in service to their families and communities.
“Taken together, Peace Corps is not just teaching but educating for life. Volunteers are creating a foundation for lifelong learning that will serve students in Liberia well for generations,” Ambassador Malac said.