History of the Peace Corps in Mali

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History of the Peace Corps
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Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

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In August 1969, Mali made a formal request for the Peace Corps’ assistance. That same year, a Peace Corps representative arrived in Bamako, the capital of Mali, to assist the government in planning Volunteers’ activities, primarily in the area of agricultural development. The first Volunteers arrived in April 1971 to help allay the hardships caused by a severe drought. Twenty-five Volunteers developed projects in poultry raising, vegetable production, water resources managemen and agricultural extension.Since that time, some 2,000 Volunteers have served in Mali.


[edit] History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Mali

Volunteers serve in six regions and in the district of Bamako. Peace Corps/Mali has Volunteers working in natural resource management, water resource management, agriculture or gardening, health education, education, and small business development projects. A health education project was added in 1992, while the education sector was eliminated in 1995. In the 1990s, Peace Corps programming incorporated efforts aimed at achieving the government of Mali’s priority goal of food self-sufficiency and responding to other development needs.

Currently, about 150 Volunteers are addressing the priority development needs of Mali as identified by Malians themselves: food production, water availability, environmental conservation, basic education, small income generation, and preventive healthcare.

All Volunteers in Mali, whether working in health or other projects, are also involved in HIV/AIDS education.

[edit] Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1993 1993
Ag Education 1988 1992
Ag Extension 1979 2007
Animal Husband 1972 1989
Apiculture 1989 1989
Crop Extension 1971 1986
Business Accounting 1983 1983
Business Advising 1983 2007
Business Development 2007 2007
Computer Science 2004 2004
Cooperatives 1983 1999
NGO Advising 2003 2006
Urban and Regional Planning 2006 2006
Education English Teacher 1981 2007
Fisheries Fresh 1986 1986
Gen. Construction 1987 1997
Phys. Ed/Youth Wk 1991 1991
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 1993 1995
Secondary-Ed Math 1979 1989
Secondary-Ed Sci. 1983 2007
Univ. English Teaching 1978 1991
Voc. Trainer 1988 1989
Environment Comm Forestry Ext 1987 1998
Environmental Ed. 1993 2007
Forestry 1981 2007
Protected Areas Management 1991 1991
Health Envir. and Water Resource 1973 2007
Health Degreed 1984 2004
Health Extension 1981 2007
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 1983 2007
Master's International Masters Internationalist 1988 1998
Other Flexible App 1973 1973
Unique Skill 1982 1986
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1973 1993
Youth and Community Development Appropriate Tech. 1980 1988
Commun. Serv/Deg. 1980 2008
Mechanics 1981 1981
Rural Youth Dev. 1990 1990
Youth Development 2001 2001
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