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The Peace Corps signed a country agreement with the Government of Rwanda in 1974 and the first group of Volunteers arrived in 1975. The agency withdrew Volunteers in 1993 due to the civil war and the program closed in 1994. In the 18 years that the Peace Corps operated in Rwanda a total of 114 Volunteers served successfully.
A new country agreement was signed with the Government of Rwanda on July 18, 2008. The first new group of thirty-five Public Health trainees arrived in January 2009. They will be assigned to the Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Committee to health centers throughout the country.
Some Volunteers will be assigned to work on HIV/AIDS prevention programs, funded by the President's Emergency Program For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and administered by the National Committee to Fight against AIDS. Other Volunteers will be assigned to the Ministry of Health. In addition to efforts to prevent AIDS, all of the Volunteers will work on issues such as nutrition, malaria prevention, vaccinations and income generation.
Peace Corps History
Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Rwanda
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- Teaching peace: Local resident prepares for trip to Azerbaijan for Peace Corps - Pilot Tribune
Pilot TribuneTeaching peace: Local resident prepares for trip to Azerbaijan for Peace Corps
"I studied abroad in Rwanda for a semester, and I think that will really help me prepare for some of the things that I will deal with while I'm in the Peace Corps," Frantz said. "I know that there will be the ups in downs, where one day I will be enjoying everything, ...
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( As of Friday March 14, 2014 )
Contributions to the Rwanda Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Rwanda. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.