30 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-In

Lilongwe, May 12 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today swore-in a group of 30 new environment and health sector Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony which took place at Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu district.

For the next two years these 30 new Peace Corps Volunteers will serve at hospitals and health centers, and forestry and parks departments, in Kasungu, Mzimba, Chitipa, Zomba, Rumphi, Nkhata-Bay, Ntcheu, Machinga, Mulanje, Mangochi, and Chikwawa.

In her remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, Ambassador Palmer noted, “Malawi faces many challenges as a nation, including persistent issues of food insecurity, deforestation, and strained health systems and it will require our collective efforts – from individuals to families, communities and governments – to build a new future for Malawi.  I truly believe in the power of you all, as community members, leaders and Peace Corps Volunteers, to make a meaningful contribution to Malawi’s success.  It may be one individual, one family, or one health center at a time – but every positive change results in a ripple effect throughout the community and the nation.”

The addition of these new Volunteers brings the total number of Peace Corps Volunteers currently in Malawi to 122.  More than 2,840 American Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Malawi since the program was established in 1963.

For more information on Peace Corps in Malawi see:

http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/wherepc/africa/malawi/