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|lastname=Schiff
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|firstname= Amanda
|country=     Cameroon
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|yearservicestarted=1982
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|lastname= Ree
|yearserviceended=1985
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|country= Niger
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|yearservicestarted= 2002
|site=       Kumbo/Banso Northwest Province
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|yearserviceended= 2006
|program=Agriculture
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|site= Karaye
|assignment01=Fisheries Fresh
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|site2= Konni
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|program= Environment
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|assignment01= Health Degreed
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|assignment02=Youth and Community Development
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Dates: 6/1982 - 10/1984
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== Description of Service ==
Position: Inland Fisheries Advisor
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DESCRIPTION OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICE
Salary: Volunteer Stipend
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Amanda Ree – Republic of Niger
Supervisor: A.J. Simpson (Pitkin)
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December 5, 2002 – January 30, 2006
Title: Assistant Peace Corps Director Cameroon
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Reason for leaving: Contract ended after two years
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Following a rigorous selection process, Amanda Ree entered training in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) program for Peace Corps in the Republic of Niger, West Africa. The intensive 11-week in-country training program focused upon: (1) The establishment of methodologies supporting the Food Security Program; rural health care practices, vegetable gardening, appropriate technology methodology, tree propagation, youth groups, agroforesty, field crop management, etc., (2) Hausa and French language immersion training, (3) development theory and history and (4) cultural integration including examinations into Islam, gender roles, the rural economy, etc.
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Having successfully completed training, Ms. Ree was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer on February 21, 2003. She was assigned to live and work in Karaye, a rural community of 2,000 people in the Tahoua region of Niger. Throughout the course of her 3-year service, Ms. Ree collaborated closely with the government of Niger and relevant non-governmental organizations in the expression of her numerous community-based projects and other initiatives aimed at intervention in her field. Dave McNally, Associate Peace Corps Director for NRM and Abdourahamane Hassane, Associate Peace Corps Director for Program and Training, were her immediate supervisors. During her three years of service, all work was done in the Hausa language.
  
Assigned to the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries, and Animal Industries in Bui Division in the Northwest Province of Cameroon, West Africa.
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Health
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Built Full-Scale Health Clinic for Rural Community – Having designed a grassroots fundraising campaign, Ms. Ree built a website and raised over $20,000 for the construction of a full-service health care clinic and well in her village. As project manager, she collaborated closely with the government of Niger to develop contractual agreements that will serve to bring the clinic into the overall government stratagem for health care in Niger so as to sustain the clinic for the 8,500 rural individuals who will utilize the clinic as their primary health care facility. Additionally, Ms. Ree worked with the GON to train a clinic manager and health committee to represent the effected villages. Ms. Ree built a website to accompany this project: www.karayeclinic.org
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Wrote and Designed Manual on Health-focused Youth Groups – Ms. Ree devised a 12-lesson plan manual, complete with culturally appropriate pagivoltes, discussions, Q&A, songs, games and activities to enable other volunteers to lead health-based youth groups in their respective communities in Niger. In two versions of the book, the manual was translated from English into the two main local languages, Hausa and Zarma, and distributed to other volunteers to amplify their own work. 
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Health Conferences – Based on her manuals, Ms. Ree devised and implemented a project plan for volunteers wishing to hold more intense health conferences in their respective regions.
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AIDS Ride 2005 Logistics Coordinator – Ms. Ree worked to budget, plan and prepare all meals for the 60-member team of the week-long 260-kilometer bicycle ride between the cities of Maradi and Zinder. Sensibilzation meetings were held in 32 villages and touched over 18,000 individuals with messages of AIDS/HIV education and prevention.
  
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Environmental Management, Agriculture and Agroforesty
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Tree Nursery – Having worked with governmental agricultural service agents, Ms. Ree trained a community member on the income-generation management of tree work so as to sustain his new trade well into the future – annually planting, selling, and distributing a 4,000 indigenous tree nursery of six different variatals.
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Pioneered Regional Soybean Initiative – Worked to educate regional government service agents and rurally-based men and women about soybeans to introduce the crop in the village’s lakebed as a profitable crop diversifier and a nutritionally heavy/economically appropriate alternative to animal proteins.
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Community Vegetable Gardens – Making use of the community’s little-utilized lakebed, Ms. Ree worked to support men and women in the development of income-generating vegetable gardens and the appropriate technology related to their management: foot pumps, chain-link fencing, and various natural composting, mulching and, insecticide measures.
  
FISHERIES EXTENSION AGENT
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Leadership
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Regional Representative - For the third year of her service, Ms. Ree worked as volunteer leader in the Konni and Tahoua region of Niger and served as the critical financial, communication, and safety/security link between the volunteers in the field and the Peace Corps bureau in Niamey. She worked to coordinate and manage staff, program budget, and administrative expenditures. Ms. Ree worked to arrange program logistics in the region and served as program liaison to develop and maintain working relationships with the region’s PCVs and the evolving “decentralized” government and its agencies. Additionally, she worked to support a team of 21 rurally-based volunteers in the coordination of project logistics and with service agents and government officials to design, implement and follow up projects in the health, natural resource management, education, and agriculture sectors. During this time, Ms. Ree supported volunteer safety, security, and health needs in the region and worked to maintain constant communication with the country headquarters in Niamey by continually producing and disseminating documentation on regional program activities and developments.
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President of Gender and Development Board (GAD) – For two years, Ms. Ree served as the board president for all GAD initiatives in Niger. Twice annually, she conceptualized, organized, and implemented community auctions to raise money for GAD projects. Under her tenure, GAD consistently broke fundraising records. Additionally, in this role, Ms. Ree worked with volunteers to research, plan, and implement gender and family-based projects in volunteer villages in every region of Niger.
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Editor of Peace Corps Niger Newsletter – Working entirely independently, Ms. Ree worked quarterly to gather relative content, design format, research, and write articles for The Galago, Peace Corps Niger’s quarterly newsletter.
  
1) Increased the number of farmers involved in the fisheries management program from fifty two to two hundred seven.
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Trainings
2) Organized fish culture farmer groups and applied for and received a United States Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D.) grant for tools.
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Young Girls’ Group – In weekly village-based meetings, and for a one-year period during her service, Ms. Ree worked with 24 rurally-based girls between the ages of 12 and 15 on topics ranging from health care, income generation, and tree propagation. Working with a Konni-based health care worker, Ms. Ree organized and implemented three separate three-day field trips with the girls to the regional capital for intensive health-focused seminars and tours of the medical facility, schools, government offices, etc.
3) Coordinated & transported by motorcycle 8406 Cyprinus carpio, 1200 Tilapia nilotica, and 965 Clarias lazera fingerlings from fisheries stations to farmers some 90 to 140 kilometers away.
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Tofu Training and Tournee – In collaboration with her work on soybeans, Ms. Ree held a training for two women to develop skills necessary to make/sell tofu and other soy products. Following the training, Ms. Ree and one of the newly trained women launched a tournee in the region training 12 communities and over 1,500 rural women in the income-generation and dietary benefits of soy products and to enable other volunteers to logistically support the development of these efforts in their respective posts.  
4) Wrote illustrated and had published a twenty one page Farmers Pond Management and Record Booklet.(concepts covered are stocking rates, polyculture, feeding, composting, harvesting and record keeping)
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Women’s’ Work Fair – Collaborated with two other PCVs, Konni-based doctors, teachers and other trained individuals in the conceptualization, organization and implementation of a three-day fair for 32 rural women from 18 communities. Topics included: income-generation skill development, money management, HIV/AIDS, family health and sanitation, women’s roles and rights under Islam, and girls’ education.
5) Organized two farmers field days with U.S.A.I.D. to help encourage good pond management practices.
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6) Repaired three fingerling holding tanks in Bui Division.
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ANIMAL HUSBANDRY EXTENSION AGENT
 
  
1) Technical advisor in animal husbandry to the Valentines Young Farmers Five C Club.(like the 4H Club except is live in and for orphans & extremely poor children).
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January 30, 2006
2) Generated interest in the Clubs rabbit project.
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a) Initial funding for the rabbit project was from the American Embassy Self Help Fund for 99,000 francs CFA for building materials.
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b) Applied for and was granted 133,600 francs CFA for additional housing and fencing from Heifer Project International(HPI). H.P.I. also donated four bucks and six does to help prevent inbreeding.
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c) Coordinated and overlooked the Clubs rabbit project.
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d) Designed and assisted in building the rabbit brooder hutches.
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e) Assisted Dr. Steven Lukfahr (H.P.I. small animal specialist)in a rabbit training seminar and follow up work.
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f) Within two years the project had sold over 120 rabbits mostly for breeding purposes.
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3) Generated interest in the Clubs goat project.
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a) This project was initially funded by the American Embassy Self Help Fund for 60,000 francs CFA for a goat house.
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b) H.P.I. donated one pure breed Saanen buck, three Saanen does and one pure breed Toggenberg doe. Since <span class="plainlinks">[http://bit.ly/pM0RvJ <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">makeityourring diamond rings</span>]</span> that time eight pure breed goats have been born and local/pure breed crosses are being tried.
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c) Coordinated and assisted the H.P.I. goat expert in giving & following up on a five day seminar in goat husbandry to the club and local farmers.
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d) H.P.I. also donated improved grass seed for grazing areas and Guatemala grass (Tripsacum laxum) for forage during the dry season.
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4) Generated interest in the clubs sheep project.
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a) The sheep project was initially funded by the American Embassy Self Help Fund for 60,000 francs CFA for building materials.
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b) 123,000 francs CFA from private donations has been invested in the project.
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c) Within a year of the projects start six sheep have been born.
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d) H.P.I. has donated a pure breed Dorset ram to breed with the local sheep.
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5) Generated interest in the clubs cattle project.
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a) The cattle project was initially funded with a grant of 227,000 francs CFA from the American Embassy Self Help Fund for building materials.
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b) 190,000 francs CFA of the clubs money went to buy four local cows.
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c) H.P.I. donated a pure breed Jersey bull for breeding with the local cows.
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6) Advised the club in their poultry project.
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a) Changed some of the zinc roof to translucent fiberglass to increase light in the chicken coop, thus hopefully increasing egg production.
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7) Applied for and received 350,000 francs CFA grant from the International Women's Club of Yaounde, Charity Committee for dorm and kitchen repairs.
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8) Applied for and received a generator from the British Embassy.
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9) Applied for and received 90,000 francs CFA from H.P.I. for a water collection and storage system for the club.
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== About Amanda Ree  Today ==
  
CROSSCULTURAL
 
  
1) Worked with the Nso', Oku, and Noni tribes.
 
2) Belonged to traditional tribal societies(Samba and Nfu).
 
3) Honorary title of ta manjong bah (leader of the military) was given to me by the Fon (Chief) of the Nso' tribe.
 
4) Actively participated in traditional ceremonies.
 
 
MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTOR
 
  
1) Selected by the Assistant Peace Corps Director to design and instruct two separate motorcycle safety and maintenance courses (5 weeks & 7 weeks).
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== External Links ==
2) Budgeted for the training. (about 800,000 francs CFA)
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3) Created a logical training scheme given time restraints.
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4) Revised old training material.
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5) Created new materials for training.
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6) Ordering and suppling of tools, motorcycle parts, and materials for the training.
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7) Responsible for the actual training of the trainees.
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8) Wrote a comprehensive thirty page report/lesson plans on the training.
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9) MAINTENANCE LESSONS/OBJECTIVES:
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LESSON 1
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*Personal homepage/Blog:
TOOLS AND GENERAL MOTORCYCLE PARTS
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*Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661670808
a) Trainee will be able to demonstrate the use of the motorcycle tools.
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*Myspace page:
b) Trainee will be able to explain the general workings of the motorcycle.
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*Linked-in page:
c) Trainee will be able to demonstrate his/her previous mechanical abilities.
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LESSON 2
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== Publications based on Peace Corps Experience ==
PRERIDE CHECK
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a) Trainee will be able to check out a new motorcycle before riding it.
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LESSON 3
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Children’s Health Manuals
FLAT TIRE
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a) Trainee will be able to change and patch a flat tire.
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LESSON 4
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Bill Gates once said, a community must first be healthy before any other philanthropic effort can take hold.
TRANSMISSION, FUEL PETCOCK, AND REAR MONO-SHOCK
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a) Trainee will be able to change the motorcycles transmission fluid at the correct intervals.
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b) Trainee will be able to take apart, clean, and reassemble the fuel petcock.
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c) Trainee will be able to adjust the mono-shock.
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LESSON 5
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In a country like Niger, I believe that statement to absolutely be true. The rural population of Niger accounts for eighty five percent of its 11 million citizens – these people reside in the far removed villages and sheltered communities that few development agencies actually tread. Niger claims one doctor for every 75,000 inhabitants and, of these doctors, eighty five percent of them disproportionately live and work in Niger’s cities. Therefore, since volunteers are overwhelmingly placed in rural villages, we have a unique reach into the rural areas of the country and it’s most critically in need populations. One of the greatest strengths volunteers have is the ability to serve as a critical link for information and education.
OIL CABLES, SWITCHES, AND HEADLIGHT
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a) Trainee will be able to oil and grease the motorcycle cables.
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b) Trainee will be able to disassemble oil and reassemble the light switch.
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c) Trainee will be able to change the headlight bulb and "hot wire" the motorcycle.
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LESSON 6
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Further, Peace Corps volunteers are armed with an inherent advantage of being able to spread the word among communities of which men are often back and forth on exode and women are rarely exposed to education let alone when it pertains to managing their health or that of their families.
CARBURETOR OVERHAUL
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a) Trainee will be able to overhaul the carburetor.
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LESSON 7
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With this in mind, and the love of my community and this country at heart, I designed the Health Manual for Children. The health manuals contain 12-lesson plans aimed at rural or city-based, literate or illiterate, boys and girls from the ages of 8-16. Each lesson plan takes into account local beliefs, value systems, myths and fears that determine the approach communities and individuals take to managing their health here in Niger. The lesson plans focus on the following applicable health issues: general hygiene, breastfeeding, family planning, the three food groups, Vitamin A, weaning foods, baby immunizations, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, malaria and individual/family health responsibility with a special and detailed focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Each lesson plan is complete with:
FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS
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a) Trainee will be able to change the oil in the front shock absorbers.
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LESSON 8
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 Discussion dialogue and questions written especially for Nigerien children of diverse backgrounds.
STEERING BEARINGS
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 Games and activities providing an opportunity for abstract thought while drilling the messages home with fun messages.
a) Trainee will be able to grease and tighten the front steering bearings.
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 Stories and pagivoltes directed toward both literate and illiterate populations. Stories have been written and designed by the Ministry of Health, the Peace Corps volunteer, Nigerien Peace Corps health sector staff members and regional health workers. Stories and content and have been tested on rural populations prior to the completion of final drafts.
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 Songs have been written to accompany each of the twelve lessons and were written specifically to enable children to have fun with the subject matter but also to further enable children to pass on what they have learned as the songs provide a valuable conversation piece.  
  
LESSON 9
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Following two years in the village working with women and children, I have designed this manual in tandem with the two Konni region health care workers who proved to be invaluable resources in my own village. These women often led sensibilizations for my own girl’s group and served as animators for a health camp I organized for 42 village-based children.  
PISTON AND RINGS
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a) Trainee will be able to check and replace the piston, cylinder, and rings for wear.
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LESSON 10
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This project aims to supply the 130 PCVs working in every sector in Niger, in addition to headmasters of schools and PCV counterparts working in the health sector across the country, with a training resource on which to build youth groups in their own respective regions or otherwise lead sensibility meetings and trainings in their posts.  
DECARBONIZE PIPES AND HEAD
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a) Trainee will be able to decarbonize the exhaust system.
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LESSON 11
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What is more, local health counterparts have put their skills to use translating the manuals from English into the two dominant volunteer local languages – Hausa and Zarma – where PCVs work as to further empower volunteers to successfully pass the information along. Forty manuals, in addition to being distributed via CD for easy computer download, will be produced and distributed to each of the regional Peace Corps transit houses and will be available at the Information Resource Center in Niamey for volunteers to use in collaboration with local health workers, schoolteachers, etc.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
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a) Trainee will be able to answer questions on the correct time to do maintenance.
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LESSON 12
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== References ==
SWINGARM AND BRAKES
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a) Trainee will be able to grease the swingarm.
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b) Trainee will be able to check brakes for wear and change them if needed.
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10) MOTORCYCLE RIDING LESSONS:
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a) Circle riding (flat surface)
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b) Obstacle course:
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Requires slow tight turns and going through poles to help with side judgement.
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c) Paved road riding.
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d) Dirt road/off road riding.
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e) Stopping and starting on a hill.
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f) Long ride (80 to 120&nbsp;km) preferably dirt roads.
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g) Roll start.
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h) Night ride.
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Additional work for Peace Corps includeded Director of Training for Motorcycle Riding and Mechanics in Togo, Mali and Liberia in 1987.
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(for all information above)
  
United States Peace Corps
 
Africa Region
 
806 Connecticut Ave.
 
N.W. Washington D.C.
 
1-800-424-8580 ext 265
 
  
Dates: 7/1987 - 10/1987
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[[category:Volunteers]]
Position: Director of Training
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[[category:Niger_Volunteers]]
Supervisor: Margaret McLaughlin
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[[category:Niger_Volunteers_2002]]
Title: Chief of Programing and Training
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[[category:Niger_Volunteers_2002_Karaye]]
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[[category:Karaye]]
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[[category:2002]]
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[[category:Karaye_2002]]
  
TECHNICAL MOTORCYCLE TRAINING
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1) Conducted the training of Peace Corps host country national staff trainers in Togo, Mali & Liberia for P.C. Africa Region.
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2) Responsible for motorcycle training curriculum development.
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a)Developed an 82 page motorcycle safety and riding training manual including:
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RIDING OUTLINE
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RIDING LESSON 1 2 hr.
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Introductory lecture
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Country Policy
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Mounting & Dismounting
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Pre-ride check
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Fitting or helmets
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RIDING LESSON 2 2 hr  (1.5 hr.)
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Location & Operating Controls
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Walking the motorcycle
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Buddy Push
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Identifying the friction point
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Riding in a straight line
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RIDING LESSON 3 2 hr.  (1.5 hr.)
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Oval Riding / Posture
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Oval Riding with stops / starts
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Weaving Between Cones (Long slalom)
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Large Circles
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RIDING LESSON 4 2 hr.  (1.5 hr.)
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Shifting To Second Gear (large oval)
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Shifting To Third Gear (large oval)
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Medium Circles
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RIDING LESSON 5 2 hr.
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        Weaving Between Cones (short slalom)
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Principles of Braking
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Shifting Gears (tight oval)
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Lane Changes
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RIDING LESSON 6 2 hr.
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Switch-Back Trail
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Controlling Rear Wheel Skids
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Emergency Braking
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Chicane
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RIDING LESSON 7 2 hr.
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Shifting and Accelerating In a Turn
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Very Tight Circles
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Stopping on a Curve
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Starting on a Hill
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RIDING LESSON 8 2 hr.
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Lecture on Street Riding
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a) Animals
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b) People
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c) Drivers
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d) Horns
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e) Signals
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f) Lights
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Street Ride
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RIDING LESSON 9 2 hr.  (1.5 hr.)
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Riding on Pegs (large oval)
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Riding on Pegs (slalom)
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Riding on Pegs (over bumps)
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Riding on Pegs (in turns)
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RIDING LESSON 10 2 hr.
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*Countersteering
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*Countersteering / lane changes
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*Countersteering / long slalom
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*Countersteering Chicane
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RIDING LESSON 11 2 hr.
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*Braking on Pegs
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*Shifting on Pegs
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Climbing Hills / Weight Shift
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Descending Hills / Weight Shift
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*Traversing a Hill
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RIDING LESSON 12 2 hr.
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Changing Direction on a Hill
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Stopping and Starting on a Hill
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Mud
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Sand
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RIDING LESSON 13 2 hr.
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Mud
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Sand
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Trail Ride
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RIDING LESSON 14 2 hr. (1.5 hr.)
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Lecture Cross-culture / African Driving
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a) Psychology
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b) Habits
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c) Defensive & Strategic Driving
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d) Night Ride
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RIDING LESSON 15 (.5-1 day)
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*Long Ride (all day)
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* optional lessons
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(  hr.) minimum time
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b) Developed and wrote a 72 page Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair   manual including:
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MECHANICS OUTLINE
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MECHANICS LESSON 1
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Two Stroke Oil
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Sparkplug
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Battery
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Fuse
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Clutch Cable
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Brake Cable
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Throttle Cable
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Throttle Grip
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Speedometer Cable
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Tachometer Cable
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Transmission Oil
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Light Bulbs
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Hot Wiring
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Switches
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MECHANICS LESSON 2
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Clean Gasoline Tank
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Clean Fuel Petcock
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Adjust Rear Shock Absorber
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Clean Carburetor
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Clean Air Filter
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Bleed Two Stroke Oil Pump
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MECHANICS LESSON 3
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Removing Wheels
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Changing Tires
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Spoke Tension
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Cleaning & Oiling the Chain
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Chain Tension
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Changing the Sprockets
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Changing Brake Shoes
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*Greasing Brake Cams
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*Greasing the Chain Tensioner
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MECHANICS LESSON 4
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Decarbonize the Exhaust System
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Decarbonize the Cylinder Head
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Decarbonize the Piston
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*Check the Piston
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*Check the Piston Rings
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*Check the Piston Bearing
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MECHANICS LESSON 5
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Grease the Swingarm
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Grease the Wheel Bearings
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Grease the Steering Bearings
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Align Front Shock Absorbers
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*Change Front Shock Oil
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*Change Front Shock Seals
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*optional
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C) Developed a maintenance schedule for the motorcycles
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c) Defensive & Strategic Driving
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d) Night Ride
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RIDING LESSON 15 (.5-1 day)
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Description of Service

DESCRIPTION OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICE Amanda Ree – Republic of Niger December 5, 2002 – January 30, 2006

Following a rigorous selection process, Amanda Ree entered training in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) program for Peace Corps in the Republic of Niger, West Africa. The intensive 11-week in-country training program focused upon: (1) The establishment of methodologies supporting the Food Security Program; rural health care practices, vegetable gardening, appropriate technology methodology, tree propagation, youth groups, agroforesty, field crop management, etc., (2) Hausa and French language immersion training, (3) development theory and history and (4) cultural integration including examinations into Islam, gender roles, the rural economy, etc. Having successfully completed training, Ms. Ree was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer on February 21, 2003. She was assigned to live and work in Karaye, a rural community of 2,000 people in the Tahoua region of Niger. Throughout the course of her 3-year service, Ms. Ree collaborated closely with the government of Niger and relevant non-governmental organizations in the expression of her numerous community-based projects and other initiatives aimed at intervention in her field. Dave McNally, Associate Peace Corps Director for NRM and Abdourahamane Hassane, Associate Peace Corps Director for Program and Training, were her immediate supervisors. During her three years of service, all work was done in the Hausa language.

Health Built Full-Scale Health Clinic for Rural Community – Having designed a grassroots fundraising campaign, Ms. Ree built a website and raised over $20,000 for the construction of a full-service health care clinic and well in her village. As project manager, she collaborated closely with the government of Niger to develop contractual agreements that will serve to bring the clinic into the overall government stratagem for health care in Niger so as to sustain the clinic for the 8,500 rural individuals who will utilize the clinic as their primary health care facility. Additionally, Ms. Ree worked with the GON to train a clinic manager and health committee to represent the effected villages. Ms. Ree built a website to accompany this project: www.karayeclinic.org Wrote and Designed Manual on Health-focused Youth Groups – Ms. Ree devised a 12-lesson plan manual, complete with culturally appropriate pagivoltes, discussions, Q&A, songs, games and activities to enable other volunteers to lead health-based youth groups in their respective communities in Niger. In two versions of the book, the manual was translated from English into the two main local languages, Hausa and Zarma, and distributed to other volunteers to amplify their own work. Health Conferences – Based on her manuals, Ms. Ree devised and implemented a project plan for volunteers wishing to hold more intense health conferences in their respective regions. AIDS Ride 2005 Logistics Coordinator – Ms. Ree worked to budget, plan and prepare all meals for the 60-member team of the week-long 260-kilometer bicycle ride between the cities of Maradi and Zinder. Sensibilzation meetings were held in 32 villages and touched over 18,000 individuals with messages of AIDS/HIV education and prevention.

Environmental Management, Agriculture and Agroforesty Tree Nursery – Having worked with governmental agricultural service agents, Ms. Ree trained a community member on the income-generation management of tree work so as to sustain his new trade well into the future – annually planting, selling, and distributing a 4,000 indigenous tree nursery of six different variatals. Pioneered Regional Soybean Initiative – Worked to educate regional government service agents and rurally-based men and women about soybeans to introduce the crop in the village’s lakebed as a profitable crop diversifier and a nutritionally heavy/economically appropriate alternative to animal proteins. Community Vegetable Gardens – Making use of the community’s little-utilized lakebed, Ms. Ree worked to support men and women in the development of income-generating vegetable gardens and the appropriate technology related to their management: foot pumps, chain-link fencing, and various natural composting, mulching and, insecticide measures.

Leadership Regional Representative - For the third year of her service, Ms. Ree worked as volunteer leader in the Konni and Tahoua region of Niger and served as the critical financial, communication, and safety/security link between the volunteers in the field and the Peace Corps bureau in Niamey. She worked to coordinate and manage staff, program budget, and administrative expenditures. Ms. Ree worked to arrange program logistics in the region and served as program liaison to develop and maintain working relationships with the region’s PCVs and the evolving “decentralized” government and its agencies. Additionally, she worked to support a team of 21 rurally-based volunteers in the coordination of project logistics and with service agents and government officials to design, implement and follow up projects in the health, natural resource management, education, and agriculture sectors. During this time, Ms. Ree supported volunteer safety, security, and health needs in the region and worked to maintain constant communication with the country headquarters in Niamey by continually producing and disseminating documentation on regional program activities and developments. President of Gender and Development Board (GAD) – For two years, Ms. Ree served as the board president for all GAD initiatives in Niger. Twice annually, she conceptualized, organized, and implemented community auctions to raise money for GAD projects. Under her tenure, GAD consistently broke fundraising records. Additionally, in this role, Ms. Ree worked with volunteers to research, plan, and implement gender and family-based projects in volunteer villages in every region of Niger. Editor of Peace Corps Niger Newsletter – Working entirely independently, Ms. Ree worked quarterly to gather relative content, design format, research, and write articles for The Galago, Peace Corps Niger’s quarterly newsletter.

Trainings Young Girls’ Group – In weekly village-based meetings, and for a one-year period during her service, Ms. Ree worked with 24 rurally-based girls between the ages of 12 and 15 on topics ranging from health care, income generation, and tree propagation. Working with a Konni-based health care worker, Ms. Ree organized and implemented three separate three-day field trips with the girls to the regional capital for intensive health-focused seminars and tours of the medical facility, schools, government offices, etc. Tofu Training and Tournee – In collaboration with her work on soybeans, Ms. Ree held a training for two women to develop skills necessary to make/sell tofu and other soy products. Following the training, Ms. Ree and one of the newly trained women launched a tournee in the region training 12 communities and over 1,500 rural women in the income-generation and dietary benefits of soy products and to enable other volunteers to logistically support the development of these efforts in their respective posts. Women’s’ Work Fair – Collaborated with two other PCVs, Konni-based doctors, teachers and other trained individuals in the conceptualization, organization and implementation of a three-day fair for 32 rural women from 18 communities. Topics included: income-generation skill development, money management, HIV/AIDS, family health and sanitation, women’s roles and rights under Islam, and girls’ education.


January 30, 2006

About Amanda Ree Today

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Publications based on Peace Corps Experience

Children’s Health Manuals

Bill Gates once said, a community must first be healthy before any other philanthropic effort can take hold.

In a country like Niger, I believe that statement to absolutely be true. The rural population of Niger accounts for eighty five percent of its 11 million citizens – these people reside in the far removed villages and sheltered communities that few development agencies actually tread. Niger claims one doctor for every 75,000 inhabitants and, of these doctors, eighty five percent of them disproportionately live and work in Niger’s cities. Therefore, since volunteers are overwhelmingly placed in rural villages, we have a unique reach into the rural areas of the country and it’s most critically in need populations. One of the greatest strengths volunteers have is the ability to serve as a critical link for information and education.

Further, Peace Corps volunteers are armed with an inherent advantage of being able to spread the word among communities of which men are often back and forth on exode and women are rarely exposed to education let alone when it pertains to managing their health or that of their families.

With this in mind, and the love of my community and this country at heart, I designed the Health Manual for Children. The health manuals contain 12-lesson plans aimed at rural or city-based, literate or illiterate, boys and girls from the ages of 8-16. Each lesson plan takes into account local beliefs, value systems, myths and fears that determine the approach communities and individuals take to managing their health here in Niger. The lesson plans focus on the following applicable health issues: general hygiene, breastfeeding, family planning, the three food groups, Vitamin A, weaning foods, baby immunizations, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, malaria and individual/family health responsibility with a special and detailed focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Each lesson plan is complete with:

 Discussion dialogue and questions written especially for Nigerien children of diverse backgrounds.  Games and activities providing an opportunity for abstract thought while drilling the messages home with fun messages.  Stories and pagivoltes directed toward both literate and illiterate populations. Stories have been written and designed by the Ministry of Health, the Peace Corps volunteer, Nigerien Peace Corps health sector staff members and regional health workers. Stories and content and have been tested on rural populations prior to the completion of final drafts.  Songs have been written to accompany each of the twelve lessons and were written specifically to enable children to have fun with the subject matter but also to further enable children to pass on what they have learned as the songs provide a valuable conversation piece.

Following two years in the village working with women and children, I have designed this manual in tandem with the two Konni region health care workers who proved to be invaluable resources in my own village. These women often led sensibilizations for my own girl’s group and served as animators for a health camp I organized for 42 village-based children.

This project aims to supply the 130 PCVs working in every sector in Niger, in addition to headmasters of schools and PCV counterparts working in the health sector across the country, with a training resource on which to build youth groups in their own respective regions or otherwise lead sensibility meetings and trainings in their posts.

What is more, local health counterparts have put their skills to use translating the manuals from English into the two dominant volunteer local languages – Hausa and Zarma – where PCVs work as to further empower volunteers to successfully pass the information along. Forty manuals, in addition to being distributed via CD for easy computer download, will be produced and distributed to each of the regional Peace Corps transit houses and will be available at the Information Resource Center in Niamey for volunteers to use in collaboration with local health workers, schoolteachers, etc.

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