Conducting a Guinea Worm Survey in Togo
In addition to her primary role as a health educator, an energetic PCV took on a secondary activity conducting a prefectural survey assessing the approximate percentage of villages affected by Guinea worm and identifying available and potential clean water sources in affected villages. World Neighbors provided the PCV with a counterpart and the necessary funds to survey nearly all the villages surrounding her site.
PCVs are conducting similar surveys in all the countries where Guinea worm is prevalent - an invaluable contribution to the United Nations efforts to eradicate Guinea worm by the year 2000.
Conducting a Summer Health Education Program for Children in Paraguay
Conducting summer health camps during the traditional three-month summer vacation period is a standard secondary activity that Education PCVs, their counterparts, and local health officials in Paraguay have engaged in for years. Together, they develop a plan to motivate the community and promote the summer health camp idea at churches, community centers, and house-to-house visits. Then they design a program of camp activities, searching for young volunteers to be trained as camp counselors, and obtaining the coordination and support of the teachers in the community.
The summer camps meet two mornings each week during the vacation period, for children ranging in age from five to thirteen. The camp is free, but parents are asked to contribute food for mid-morning snacks.
The children learn about health, gardening, and hygiene through songs, games, drawings, and demonstrations. Mothers, who are encouraged to participate, have remarked on how much their children have learned, and the volunteer camp counselors have gained an invaluable leadership experience.
Establishing a Child Feeding Center in Honduras
In a small rural community in Honduras, the local women's club, in cooperation with the men's club, had designed a plan to establish a feeding center. The intention was to improve the nutritional status of children and pregnant and lactating women, as well as create jobs and increase the community's ability to work together for the common good. Explaining that all the resources for funding they tried had refused their pleas for support, the club's president asked the local PCV to help.
The PCV and the community wrote a proposal to the Peace Corps Partnership Program for funds to buy building materials and cooking equipment, and asked CARE to supply food. Both sources proved to be supportive. The women's club enthusiastically raised the required 25 percent matching funds through raffles and church activities. Using local methods, the men's club built the child feeding center and the women administered the daily feeding program. Participation in the women's club grew tremendously as the members actively took on new projects to improve their community's standard of living.
Organizing an AIDS Coalition Team for Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, a group of Peace Corps Volunteers, host country nationals, and British and Canadian volunteers formed a coalition to teach themselves about AIDS. Using information from the World Health Organization, the Washington Post, AIDS Action (a quarterly newsletter published in England, distributed free to PCVs upon request), Peace Corps Medical Officers, APCDs, ICE's Nonformal Education Manual, and various other sources, the coalition developed a bimonthly newsletter on AIDS and an All Volunteer AIDS Manual, a guidebook for educational activities on AIDS. 16
Teaching About AlDS in Thailand
At the request of local school administrators, PCV teachers in Thailand have been educating their students about AIDS. They have incorporated AIDS information into their existing lesson plans and have started their own AIDS education programs.
One PCV developed an "AIDS Box" containing activity cards, an AIDS board game, and various teaching and evaluation materials. Teaming up with the AIDS Division of the Ministry of Public Health, a group of Volunteers wrote an AIDS Resource Manual: A Guide for Teaching about AIDS in Thailand. The manual, published by ICE, covers the basics about AIDS transmission and prevention and contains a plethora of teaching tips, resources, and activities.
Writing a Cookbook of Indigenous Foods in Tonga
A group of Volunteers in Tonga worked together to develop a cookbook of indigenous Tonganese foods and cooking techniques. The group tried all prospective recipes at home and reported back to each other at weekly meetings. The final product was a 200-page cookbook, including a nutritional analysis. Peace Corps/Tonga supported the printing and distribution of the cookbook.
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