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October, 2016 - Our Annual Awards to K - 12 Teachers and Higher Education Professors teaching Curriculum-based service-learning that allows students to learn and develop through participation in the community that is integrated into and enhances academic curriculum.


For more information and the Nomination Forms, please click Programs and Spirit of Service to the left or the following quick link: Spirit of Service Learning Award


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June 24, 2016 - RPCVSF held a fundraiser for HELP, Haitian Education & Leadership Program, at the home of Barbara Junge and hosted by Linda Whitmyre. For more information about HELP, click here: HELP PPT for RPCVSF 2016.06.08v4 BFA.pdf




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Peace Corps Partnership Program Works !


To Locate and Donate to a Peace Corps Partnership Project, 

Please click the following link: Peace Corps Partnership Program

or Attend an RPCVSF Partnership Dinner





June 20th, 2016 - RPCVSF received a request from Miami native and RPCVSF Member John Di Giacomo, a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, for help with the following Peace Corps Partnership Program project you can support by clicking on the following link: Camp Model United Nations



For more information, please click on the following letter: Ukraine IndividualDonorLet.docx



April 7, 2016 - RPCVSF held its' first Partnership Dinner on a weeknight, and the dinner was a sellout. The event raised $554 for a Multipurpose Health Building in Zambia. The dinner was held at Taste Buds of India, organized by Doris Vincent and Subrata Basu spoke on his recent experience as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Belize. Picture Above shows attendees in the process of selecting a Partnership Project.


June 9, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:


Hi Donors!


Let me begin with a big ol' thank you for contributing to the creation of the Nazilongo Community Library. I apologize that it has been so long since my last update but you will be pleased to know that we have come very far! To show the progress, I have attached pictures of the library construction, starting from the beginning. If you know someone who has donated but is not included in this email, please feel free to forward on the message. Some of you donated to the second round of the grant so this is the first time you are hearing from me.... Welcome! 


So far, many different phases of building have attributed to the future success of this library. It's projected to open on July 8th… and it will open with a bang! Peace Corps staff, government officials, Chief Sipantunyana, headmen, the Nazilongo community and more look forward to opening the library with dancing, food and speeches. As of now, we are working together with the community, teachers and students to sort book donations by reading levels, put the final touches on the building and move in the bookshelves, tables and chairs! I will be sure to send you pictures of the completed structure and the opening day celebrations! 


As a Peace Corps Volunteer, our successes are almost never quantifiable. If you teach 50 people how to combat malnutrition, maybe one will actually start diversifying their diet, the effect of which you might not see for 10 years, if at all. We may never know the output of the library, true, but if even one child exhibits improvement in his or her education because of its presence, it was worth it. Most of us have never had to know what it means to not have access to books. Thanks to your generosity, neither will the students of Nazilongo Basic School anymore. 


My village wanted me to thank you for your generosity, and for taking the time to think of them. They asked me to say, "Twalumba maningi benzuma besu kuzwa Amerika" (Thank you very much, our friends from America).

All the best,

Sydney and the Nazilongo Community, Nazilonga, Zambia


May 19, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:


I would like to send a warm thank you to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida for supporting my PCPP grant in Zambia! Your contribution will go a long way in helping my community complete a brand new mother's shelter and youth education center in this rural community, and we truly appreciate it.

Thank you!

Rachel

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Rachel Moscato

Community Health Improvement Project

Peace Corps Zambia


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Nazilongo Community Library Nazilonga, Zambia




My village wanted me to thank you for your generosity, and for taking the time to think of them. They asked me to say, "Twalumba maningi benzuma besu kuzwa Amerika" (Thank you very much, our friends from America).

All the best,

Sydney (Shapiro) and the Nazilongo (Zambia) Community 


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Peonga School, Peonga, Benin


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Dear RPCVs of South Florida,


I wanted to say "Thank you," one last time to all of you. The classrooms are finished, and the entire community is escatic about it. Many people are saying this is the most beautiful building they have ever seen, and that they cannot wait for their children to be able to attend classes in it.


Thank you all so very much for your generous contribution. It truly has made a difference in our community!


Sierra - PCV Benin

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News from the Market!

 if you’re low on coffee or would like to give a Fair Trade Market item as a gift, please feel free to contact mailto:ftm@rpcvsf.org and we’ll make arrangements to deliver the fair trade item to you.

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2017 Group Travel

Under consideration in 2017: a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg arranged
with assistance from former RPCVSF President Tuey Murdock (Colombia);

A safari to Tanzania including Zanzibar to see the Great Migration of the
wildebeest possibly with a side trip to the Zimbabwe (best) side of

 Victoria Falls.


Amazing Travel Opportunity!


     Go-Today.com is offering 3 nights in Santiago, Chile, and 3 nights on Easter Island for $2000 per person. Your life will be incomplete until you have seen the moai on Easter Island. Travel@RPCVSF.org has done this trip and has used this vendor 7 or 8 times. Both are highly recommended. For information, please click here: Easter Island

     

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 For Namibia Information, Click RPCVSF Goes to Namibia


August 20, 2016 through September 2, 2016


Message to Anyone Considering Namibia

April 6, 2016 - Our Namibia safari for 2 weeks beginning August 20 is confirmed. I have been asked to add a second safari vehicle. This means we are looking for 5 or 6 more travelers to join us. If you are interested at all, click here: RPCVSF Travel Coordinator to contact our Travel Coordinator.


Experience the confluence of German colonial policy with the effect of the Second Boer War and WWI in Africa. (Perhaps you are more familiar with the First Boer War.)

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Travel Coordinator: Gregory Zell (Nigeria 62-64) travel@rpcvsf.org

This is not a fund raiser. No organization funds are involved. The Travel Coordinator is not compensated.

A program of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Inc.


Calendar

10 Jul 2016 5:00 PM (EDT) • Miami Shores Country Club
20 Aug 2016 (EDT) • Namibia
09 Sep 2016 5:00 PM (EDT) • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL
11 Sep 2016 (EDT) • Tentative
22 Oct 2016 10:30 AM (EDT) • Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
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